The NFL draft is less than two months away. I spend most of my days from mid-January to late April watching as many NFL draft prospects as possible. I find myself racing the sand that quickly funnels down the hourglass as months turn to weeks, weeks to days and finally days to hours. Before you know it, it’s live from
New York City Chicago for the 2015 NFL Draft.
From May to mid-January, I’m consumed with gathering every minor detail on all 32 NFL teams. I attempt to marry my knowledge of the NFL with my passion of evaluating NFL hopefuls each year in an attempt to give my listeners / readers a unique glimpse behind the curtain. It’s the primary reason that KBME, SportsTalk 790 in Houston, TX gave me an NFL Draft / Texans show on their airwaves at this time of year.
In “The Front Office” I have internal dialog as if I’m the General Manager of all 32 teams. I share my thoughts on the discussions that I believe are ongoing behind closed doors that the fans and most media never get to hear. In this mock draft I don’t try and guess what each NFL team will pick. I make the decision based off their current personnel, offensive and defensive schemes and talent available based solely off my evaluation of each prospect.
WARNING: This mock draft isn’t going to be a “consensus” of what you may hear on radio, TV or around the water cooler. It’s solely based on my personal evaluation of each prospect and view on what would be in the best interest of the team long-term. I’ll also include some of my “front office” discussion on other players that were considered and why I passed.
1) Tampa Bay (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) QB – Jameis Winston (FSU), DE/DT – Leonard Williams (USC), and OT – DJ Humphries were all heavily discussed. Leonard Williams was our top rated player in the draft. We felt like he could provide us a “2 for 1” by not only producing early and at a high level but also by the combination of him and our All-Pro DT Gerald McCoy elevating the game of our 2014 prize free agent DE, Michael Johnson.
DJ Humphries hasn’t received a lot of notoriety in the media but we felt like he was a franchise LT cut in the mold of Tyron Smith. His struggles mirrored that of Tyron while at USC. We would have loved to place DJ at LT for the next 10-15 years but who would he be protecting.
No matter where we went in our discussions, it always brought us back to the most important position in the game, QB. Jameis is by far the most talented QB in this class and we view him as not only a franchise QB but one that has the DNA to win Super Bowls. Bucs select QB, FSU, Jameis Winston
2) Tennessee (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – Kevin White (West Virginia), OT – DJ Humphries (Florida), DE – Leonard Williams (USC) and OLB – Bud Dupree (Kentucky) were the final four. We obviously felt like Jameis Winston was the best QB in this class and the only one that we would have considered drafting to replace Zach Mettenberger. After Jameis went to Tampa Bay, the room was divided. Offensive coaches felt like we would be doing a disservice to our second year QB if we didn’t find him a lethal weapon or bookend protection. Kevin White was clearly our top receiver. While the class is deep at receiver, White is a unique talent that forces defenses to take notice. He would be a guy that Zach could grow with and lean on. The combination of White and Wright, just sounds right.
While we were discussing offense, we considered pairing the best tackle in the draft, DJ Humphries with our first round pick last year, Taylor Lewan. Giving Mettenberger bookends for his entire career with us is the gift that keeps on giving.
Then Dick LeBeau spoke up. When Mr. LeBeau talks, you listen. He said he didn’t come to Tennessee to play backups as starters in his defense. We discussed giving him a pass rusher. Bud Dupree was our top rated outside guy. He could come in and give us a natural fit as an outside linebacker in our 3-4 defense. In Dupree we saw a more pro ready Justin Houston.
If we selected any of those players we wouldn’t have been being true to our board. All along our top rated guy was Leonard Williams. LeBeau loves his strong, athletic defensive ends for his system. He had Stephon Tuitt that he drafted last year, to go along with Cameron Heyward. To make him feel at home, we decided to give him one of the best combination of five techniques in the game. Jurrell Casey will be joined by a fellow Trojan and they’ll wreck havoc on offensive lineman. Titans select DE, USC, Leonard Williams
3) Jacksonville (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – Kevin White (West Virginia), OT – DJ Humphries (Florida), CB – Marcus Peters (Washington) and OLB – Bud Dupree (Kentucky) all made since for us. White would allow our second round draft choice from last year, Allen Robinson to fall into a more natural role. White would be the playmaker and Robinson the chain mover, Mr. Reliable.
In Seattle, Gus Bradley had several big, talented cornerbacks. We drafted Dwayne Gratz two years ago and found a steal in Aaron Colvin last year. Adding a shutdown corner like Peters to that group would put us well on our way to building the secondary that Gus imagined for the city of Jacksonville.
We couldn’t decide which came first, the chicken or the egg. In football terms that means, do you need a pass rush to help the secondary or a secondary to help the pass rush. Dupree could be that animal that comes off the edge. The pass rush is huge in the foundation of our defensive blueprint. Bud could be a game changer on our defensive front.
We finally decided the best bet for us all to look good, is to make sure all of our picks look good. This will be the third time in three years that we’ve drafted in the top 3 picks. We drafted OT Luke Joeckel two years ago at #2 overall and followed that up with Blake Bortles at #3 overall. I feel like we may be spoiling our offense, but if we tuck Bortles in nice and cozy between Joeckel and DJ Humphries we could come out looking like geniuses. Joeckel hasn’t gotten off the hot start that we had hope for. Humphries can ease his stress. We will wait until camp starts and see who is the left tackle and who will shift to the right. Regardless, Blake can sleep well at night knowing that his franchise will do everything in their power to make him successful. Jags select OT, Florida, DJ Humphries
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4) Oakland (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – Kevin White (West Virginia), CB – Marcus Peters (Washington) and OLB – Bud Dupree (Kentucky) all made sense for a Raiders team on the rise. We expect DJ Hayden to really show tremendous development this year. Jack Del Rio had Aqib Talib and Chris Harris in Denver. We’d love to create our own talented duo of CBs by adding Marcus Peters to Hayden.
We brought in a lot of aging veteran in 2014. One, we recently released in LaMarr Woodley. Dupree could be our long-term answer at DE. Combining him with Khalil Mack on this defense creates the fearful defense that the black hole should be known for.
While we considered other options, we knew that Derek Carr had to have a playmaker to grow with. Kevin White is that guy. Even if we decide to bring in other receivers via free agency, we can’t make the mistake of passing on another top notch pass catcher (Calvin Johnson). The other receivers that we currently have on the roster are all compliments. The Raiders need a difference make and Kevin White is that guy. Raiders select WR, West Virginia, Kevin White
5) Washington (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) CB – Marcus Peters (Washington), OLB – Bud Dupree (Kentucky) NT – Danny Shelton (Washington) and SS – Landon Collins (Alabama) made our decision difficult. We toyed with the idea of drafting Marcus Peters and allowing him and Breshaud Breeland to develop together as the face of our secondary with Deangelo Hall easing into a free safety role.
We recently signed Ricky Jean-Francois to play opposite of Jason Hatcher. While we like Chris Baker we had to consider a guy the caliber of Danny Shelton. The thought of having a defensive line that consists of Jean-Francois, Shelton and Hatcher had us giddy. Our safety position is lacking. We realize that there are a limited amount of resources in the draft that would provide us with a substantial upgrade at the position. Landon Collins would fit in nicely and provides good coverage ability for a strong safety.
After lots of consideration, we couldn’t pass on adding the talent that Bud Dupree displays. We feel that he’ll come in year one and provide a spark year one opposite of Ryan Kerrigan. Dupree is a complete pass rusher for us. He’ll set the edge, help us vs. the run and the pass and he showed better awareness than most of the other top pass rushers on our board. We feel that when this group of pass rushers career is all said and done, that we will have selected the best one if our card said Alvin “Bud” Dupree. Redskins select OLB, Kentucky, Bud Dupree
6) New York Jets (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – DeVante Parker (Louisville), QB – Brett Hundley (UCLA), CB – Marcus Peters (Washington) and OLB – Vic Beasley (Clemson) are all players that would upgrade our roster drastically. There’s been a lot of talk in the media about Kevin White and Amari Cooper. We’ve had our eye on Parker as our #2 guy (White) since this process began. We’d love to add Parker into our office and allow him to be to Eric Decker what Demaryius Thomas was to him in Denver.
Much like with Parker, all the talk has been about two quarterbacks, Winston and Marcus Mariota. For our money, Brett Hundley is the guy that we considered heavily here. While most of the world was touting Geno Smith as the #1 QB in the draft the year we selected him, we saw flaws in his game and had a second round grade on him. We see some of those flaws in Mariota’s game, granted not to the same dynamic and Marcus is well ahead of Geno in other areas. For us, Hundley was the guy that we felt could lead a franchise early on and beat out Geno.
Cornerbacks were the storyline of 2014 for our organization. We didn’t go after Darrelle Revis, the injuries hit us and we played poorly there all season long. We have a few young guys on our roster that we hope develop into studs but we can’t put all our eggs in one basket. The new regime wants shutdown corners. Marcus Peters is the definition of that.
As important as corners are, we don’t want to set them up to fail. We need to find a pass rusher that can get home and get home quick. This will give our group of young corners a fighting chance. While Rex Ryan was with us, he would rave about this stud pass rusher down there at Clemson where his son played college ball at. Well, Rex may have put his foot in his mouth (again). The highly coveted outside linebacker that he’s been drooling over, will be in a Jets’ uniform like he imagined, but in a role he wouldn’t have guess. That role will be chasing down Matt Cassel or any other quarterback that Rex employees in Buffalo. Vic has insane getoff, explosion, ability to flatten on the edge, a stop and start move that can’t be taught, and can dip and bend the edge with amazing balance. Jets select OLB, Clemson, Vic Beasley.
7) Chicago (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – DeVante Parker (Louisville), QB – Brett Hundley (UCLA), CB – Marcus Peters (Washington), NT – Danny Shelton (Washington) and OLB – Dante Fowler (Florida) gave us a multitude of possibilities. We’re ready to move on from the Brandon Marshall – Jay Cutler experiment. DeVante Parker wouldn’t be asked to carry the full workload year one. Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson and Martellus Bennett gives us a stable environment for him to learn.
We mentioned Cutler. What were we thinking with that contract? Regardless, it’s time to move on and Hundley can be the guy that gets us to where we want to go. He’s got in his DNA the ability to manage a game early on in his career while he develops into our franchise QB.
Kyle Fuller was an excellent acquisition for us last year. We considered trying to double dip and go back to the well for a second straight year. Peters and Fuller could combine with Tim Jennings this season to create one of the deadliest secondaries. You can’t ever have enough corners when Aaron Rodgers is in your division.
Obviously, we’re making the move to a 3-4 defense. A lot of our personality doesn’t mesh well with the switch. We need the rock to be in place and that could help with the eight guys behind our front. Shelton is the #1 NT and a unique talent for the position. Drafting him this high didn’t sit well with the entire staff.
There’s a run on pass rushers and as we mentioned, we need to find all kind of 3-4 personnel. Dante Fowler can come play on the edge next to former teammate Jon Bostic and rival Christian Jones. Shea McClellin was always rated highest as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 with us and now he fits the system we play. We feel this pick could go a long way in solidifying the positional group that needs the most depth. Fowler has so much versatility we can use him as a chess piece and flexibility is big for this transition. Combine that with his speed and agility and we feel great passing on the other options for a kid like Dante. Bears select OLB, Florida, Dante Fowler.
8) Atlanta (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – DeVante Parker (Louisville) and OLB – Shane Ray (Missouri) are the only two guys we really considered here. Roddy White will turn 34 years old this year. Our offense vanishes when Roddy or Julio Jones get injured. Best case scenario, all three were healthy all year long and we would run one of the most dynamic 11 personnel groupings that you’ve seen. He’ll replace Roddy long-term fairly quickly.
We need a pass rusher. We wish the run wouldn’t have happened the way it did, but we had a top 20 grade on Ray and don’t mind reaching a little. You’ll see Shane do a little bit of everything for us in our new defense under Dan Quinn’s Falcons. He’ll be at outside linebacker at times and at others he’ll be a defensive end. We really want to take advantage of his explosiveness, motor and ability in space. Falcons select DE/OLB, Missouri, Shane Ray
9) New York Giants (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) OG/OT – Brandon Scherff (Iowa), OT – Andrus Peat (Stanford), SS – Landon Collins (Alabama), CB – Marcus Peters (Washington) and DT – Eddie Goldman (FSU) are some of many options we considered. Brandon Scherff’s name came close to being on this card. We feel he’s best suited as an OG. He may develop into an OT, but we already have one of those guys in Justin Pugh. We still considered adding him to our line and allowing us to maneuver our line around with Pugh and Scherff playing multiple spots until we solidified the line.
Andrus Peat was a guy that we felt could be a left or right tackle, but his finesse play doesn’t give him the value in our offense that Scherff does.
Landon Collins reminds us a lot of Antrel Rolle. It’s tempting to plug the younger, much cheaper Collins into our defense. It may have to be something we address in free agency though.
Prince Amukamara is in the last year of his rookie deal. We considered upgrading his position by adding Marcus Peters here and playing all three, Peters, Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie this year and then allowing Prince to walk next year with a cheaper, better replacement already in house.
In the end, we’re a hard nosed football team that wins in the trenches. We’ve won two Super Bowls recently with the strength of our defensive line. While the run on pass rushers prevented us from taking an outside guy, we fell in love with an interior guy that will come in and disrupt things immediately. Eddie Goldman can play the 1 or the 3 technique for us. He’s a very natural leverage player that has a good burst to shoot the gap. Goldman plays with a strong base, balanced and active arms. He hunts to the whistle on every play. This guy is a day one starter for us that will be a force vs. the run and push the QB from the point. Giants select DT, FSU, Eddie Goldman
10) St. Louis (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – DeVante Parker (Louisville), QB – Brett Hundley (UCLA) and CB – Marcus Peters (Washington) had us torn during discussions. DeVante Parker gives us that big, playmaking target to go with Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin and Chris Givens. Brian Quick has done some nice things lately but we still have questions concerning him and he’s going into his final year of his rookie contract. This would have given us insurance on Quick, an upgrade at the position and an answer long-term.
We have several young, promising cornerbacks in Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Marcus Roberson and EJ Gaines. Marcus Peters gives us “our guy” in a division where the Seahawks (Richard Sherman) and Cardinals (Patrick Peterson) have “there guy” at cornerback. He’ll be the guy that we line up against these divisional foes’ top receiving threat and ask him to shut them down on every play.
Receiving options and shutdown corners sound nice and they have there place but nothing is more important to us than finding a quarterback that will allow us to compete with Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Carson Palmer. Hundley is comfortable in the pocket, has the ability to step up and clear it. He’s an accurate, progression passer with capable arm strength. He suffered through a career at UCLA that provided very little in the way of protection and receivers often ran poor routes. While he seemed to be too conservative with the ball at times and held on too long, it seemed as if this was coached. He elevated his reads, reaction and play speeds to the game situation. We feel that he’ll adapt to the type of offense we need him to play and with Tre Mason and crew in the backfield and Tavon Austin and Hundley keep teams on their heels with their speed, he could level our playing field in the NFC West. Rams select QB, UCLA, Brett Hundley
11) Minnesota (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – DeVante Parker (Louisville) and CB – Marcus Peters (Washington) were the only two guys we gave heavy consideration to. Bringing Parker and Teddy Bridgewater back together is not only a great story, it would be a well-needed weapon. They have chemistry together and Parker is a dynamic, big target for Bridgewater to lean on.
Combining Marcus Peters and Xavier Rhodes in the same secondary doesn’t seem like something that the NFL would allow. As Rhodes comes into his own in the NFL, Peters would be the dream counterpart. Josh Robinson and Captain Munnerlyn could compete for the slot corner positions but on the outside, it’ll be the prototypical 2015 secondary. Peters is dangerous vs. quick slants, where he even beats the receivers to the ball. He loves to bait quarterbacks like Darrelle Revis. His game speed is faster than his 4.53 forty time. He attacks the ball in the air like he owns it. He explodes to the ball and most importantly he can cover every type of receiver in the NFL. Vikings select CB, Washington, Marcus Peters
12) Cleveland (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – DeVante Parker (Louisville), QB – Marcus Mariota (Oregon) and NT – Danny Shelton (Washington) were all must have guys for us. Due to Josh Gordon being Josh Gordon we find ourselves with our backs against the wall. We need another Josh Gordon who isn’t Josh Gordon. Parker could be that guy for our quarterback of the future.
We’ve done a good job of building up our defensive side of the ball. All this has been done without have the focal point of a 3-4 defense, the nose tackle. We’re amazed that Danny Shelton is still available and it surprised us a little. We almost pulled the trigger due to the fact that it could elevate our defense to the next level by adding this one player.
The same old story gets told again…quarterback trumps all. We did use a first round pick on Johnny Manziel last year but it was our 2nd selection in the first round and we just took a flier on the kid. We haven’t written Johnny off and feel that he may still turn into something. It would be foolish though, not to add competition at the most important position in the NFL. The quarterback position elevates the whole football team. If we have to invest back to back first round picks in this position to find our guy, then so be it. Mariota grades out a lot higher than Manziel did last year and what we liked about Johnny, Marcus has and a lot more attributes to go with it. We feel good going into 2015 and beyond with Josh McCown, Marcus Mariota and Johnny Manziel. Browns select QB, Oregon, Marcus Mariota
13) New Orleans (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – DeVante Parker (Louisville), OG – Brandon Scherff (Iowa), NT – Danny Shelton (Washington) and CB – Trae Waynes (Michigan State) were each valuable to a team that is searching for a Super Bowl this year. Marques Colston turns 33 years old next year and could be a cap casualty at that point. DeVante could join a young group that includes Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills and Nick Toon at receiver with Jimmy Graham thrown in for good luck. The speed and youth of Parker with his possible new teammates makes 6,000 yards in a season feasible for Drew Brees.
We like Brandon Scherff as an offensive guard here and his addition would free us up to move Ben Grubbs. If we released Grubby as a post-June 1st cut it would save us $6.6 million in cap money for 2015. We feel Scherff comes in a starts right away and allows us to upgrade of positions on our team as well.
Danny Shelton was made for Rob Ryan. Rob hasn’t been able to get his defense to play up to the Ryan standard as of late. We feel that if we place Shelton on the line with Akiem Hicks and Cameron Jordan, this defense could be equally as effective as the offense.
Rob didn’t have just one toy to choose from in this draft position. He could also complete his secondary. When Trae Waynes was still available for us at 13th overall, we couldn’t resist. Waynes is like that missing piece to our secondary puzzle that we checked every old couch, between the cushions for last year. The piece has just fallen into our lap and we complete our DB group with Keenan Lewis, Trae Waynes, Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd. Play ball! We love the way Waynes watches receivers eyes and stays on their hip until the ball arrives and then plays the ball. He’ll take away any deep receiving threat, so that we won’t have to worry about teams trying to get back into the ball game with one deep shot. Saints select CB, Michigan State, Trae Waynes
14) Miami (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – DeVante Parker (Louisville), NT – Danny Shelton (Washington), RB – Todd Gurley (Georgia) and CB – Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest) were names that got kicked around a little in the office. Danny Shelton isn’t a must have right now, but he would be an upgrade and dynamic player. We’re considering signing Ndamukong Suh in free agency. Shelton would be much cheaper and his addition would actually saves us money. We could release either Earl Mitchell or Randy Starks and save anywhere between $4.5 million to $5 million as a cap hit, while making the team better.
Traditionally we’re against drafting a running back this high but Todd Gurley isn’t just a running back in our eyes. We’ve been trying everything to find a dynamic back that could ease some of the burden on our young quarterback’s shoulder. Gurley would become Ryan Tannehill’s soul mate if we made the addition.
Kevin Johnson has been overshadowed by Marcus Peters and Trae Waynes. We need to find our starter opposite of Brent Grimes. Jamar Taylor hasn’t lived up to what we thought we had in him, yet. Johnson could definitely be that guy as he has the best coverage skills in this draft. If he cared at all about helping out against the run, he would of been the selection here.
Bye bye, Brian Hartline. Bye bye, Brandon Gibson. We hit in the draft last year with Jarvis Landry and we’re thinking about making peace with Mike Wallace. Whether Mr. Wallace remains a Dolphin or not, we need a reliable go-to guy. DeVante Parker is that guy. Get use to hearing Tannehill to Parker or Tannehill to Landry, because that’s what we’re building in this Bill Lazor offense. Parker is a natural hands catcher that works back to the ball, sets up defenders well on go routes to allow Ryan plenty of cushion to drop that ball in over the outside shoulder. Dolphins select WR, Louisville, DeVante Parker
15) San Francisco (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – Amari Cooper (Alabama), NT – Danny Shelton (Washington), OLB – Randy Gregory (Nebraska) and CB – Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest) could vault us back to the playoffs. Colin Kaepernick needs receivers that can separate, allow for a larger margin of error. Adding Amari Cooper fits that thinking perfectly. His routes and speed is something that’s been missing in San Francisco. Colin likes Stevie Johnson because he doesn’t run traditional routes and it makes it difficult for corners to stick with him. We could add Amari to Johnson with Anquan Boldin and Bruce Ellington or we could walk away from Johnson’s contract and upgrade his roster spot with Cooper.
Aldon Smith has been the best of times, he’s been the worst of times. We love what he does on the field and we’ve helped mold him into that. Randy Gregory is similar to Aldon Smith is some manners. We would have to develop him like we did with Aldon. We thought long and hard about doing just that. Adding Gregory would give us a replacement for Smith and we could just decide to let Gregory develop behind Aldon this year or cut or losses with Aldon and free up tons of cap room.
We may lose three solid, free agent cornerbacks, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox and Chris Cook. Kevin Johnson would help fill that void and be an upgrade over each of those. In today’s NFL, teams are living and dying by how well they pass or stop the pass.
Jim Tomsula took over for Jim Harbaugh as head coach. The former defensive line coach has already added Darnell Dockett to our team. If he can convince Justin Smith to return we could have one of the most stout, athletically gifted, trio of big men in the NFL with the addition of our selection, Danny Shelton. Shelton would be one of those “2 for 1” additions. Not only would we add value by adding Danny to our defensive line, he would also work with Dockett and Smith to keep our dynamic, aging linebackers, Navarro Bowman and Patrick Willis clean and able to reign down punishment on the offense. 49ers select NT, Washington, Danny Shelton
16) Houston (FRONT OFFICE DISCUSSION) WR – Amari Cooper (Alabama), OT – Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M), ILB – Stephone Anthony (Clemson), SS – Landon Collins (Alabama) and CB – Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest) were upgrades at positions of need. We could easily re-sign RT Derek Newton but having a prospect like Ogbuehi available, even with the recent injury, it’s tempting. Cedric could come in and be an upgrade at the right tackle position. In a year or three when we’re ready to move on from Duane Brown, Ogbuehi can transition over to the left tackle position.
Johnathan Joseph is owed tons of money and we could walk away from that money to free up cap money but his veteran leadership is needed in a youthful defensive back group. Kareem Jackson could possibly test the free agency waters and if a team gets desperate they may offer something that we don’t feel comfortable matching. Johnson is a shutdown corner in coverage and gives us a building block for the future with other corners on the team like AJ Bouye, Daryl Morris and Jumal Rolle. Our concern with replacing Kareem with Kevin is in the manner they attack the running game. Kareem is a force that goes in full force, while Johnson may be the best cover corner in the draft, he attacks backs like someone with arachnophobia going in the attic.
We selected DJ Swearinger two years ago to be our strong safety of the future. At the time we knew he was limited in coverage but thought he would at least be a better box safety in coverage than what’s been displayed. Landon Collins could take over DJ’s tasks that he does well and accomplish them at a higher level. Landon would also add a new dynamic that’s lacking in Swearinger’s game, coverage ability.
We decided to give Brian Cushing a lot of money despite the fact that he’s never been able to stay healthy, in college or in the pros. We set up the contract so we wouldn’t be able to release him until the year of our lord two thousand forty nine. Stephone Anthony is an inside linebacker that would allow us the flexibility to play him next to Cushing, similar to Bowman and Willis in San Francisco. If Cushing was injured or one day in a world far far away where his contract doesn’t exist, Anthony could step in to replace him.
Our hopes were that Kevin White or DeVante Parker would still be on the board when we came on the clock. Amari Cooper was only slightly rated lower on our board behind Parker. Cooper will be a welcomed addition to our offense that needs players that can win early and often in their routes. Cooper will join DeAndre Hopkins as our pass catchers in the L.A.D. (life after Dre) generation. Amari beats press with a deadly shimmy, has great routes and like DeAndre he’s deadly after the catch. His speed and acceleration is the compliment that we need opposite of Hopkins. Texans select WR, Alabama, Amari Cooper