RTC: Texans GM Rick Smith's track record

April, 25, 2013
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Some final mock drafts from smart and informed people: Mike Mayock of NFL Network, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle blog and Ben Standig of Fantasy Football Toolbox, who had a great hit rate last year.

The Jaguars, Titans and Texans will be among the 15 teams that have draft room cameras as part of NFL Network’s coverage.

Houston Texans

Rick Smith has a good track record late in the first round and the 27th pick has provided some good players in recent drafts, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Because they can play Brooks Reed inside or out, the Texans have flexibility with what kind of linebacker they add in the draft, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.

Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins is John McClain’s final mock draft pick for the Texans.

Five of the Texans' last seven first-rounders started 16 games, says Ganguli.

Arian Foster landed a role in the Kevin Costner movie “Draft Day,” according to KTRK in Houston. (Hat tip to the Chron.)

Indianapolis Colts

Three guys the Colts could draft at No. 24 from Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star: receiver Hopkins, defensive end Damontre Moore and defensive end Datone Jones.

What are the Colts looking for? Anything but a quarterback, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

Wilson has some questions about things Bill Polian has said recently at ESPN that clash with what he did as head of the Colts.

No. 24 is historically a good spot, says Brian Resutek of The Wall Street Journal. (Hat tip to Colts Authority.)

A seven-round Colts mock draft from Josh Wilson of Stampede Blue includes a trade of the first-round pick.

Jacksonville Jaguars

A franchise in dire need of cornerstone players is in prime position to draft one second overall, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

The second round looks to be trickier than the first for first-year general manager David Caldwell, says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.

There is more information compiled on prospects than ever before, but it doesn’t mean that teams are drafting better, says Vito Stellino of the Times-Union.

To which I say: Stellino tends to theorize that the draft is mostly about luck, and I heartily disagree. Luck is involved, but the best drafters aren’t simply consistently luckier than their colleagues.

Pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah is the mock pick (subscription required) to the Jaguars at No. 2 for O’Halloran while John Oehser of Jaguars.com goes with offensive tackle Eric Fisher.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network says the Jaguars will take quarterback Ryan Nassib with the 33rd pick if he’s there.

Tennessee Titans

Titans general manager Ruston Webster and a lot of writers who try to forecast the draft say this one is particularly difficult to predict, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Capsules on the guys the Titans could be considering with the 10th overall pick, from John Glennon of The Tennessean.

A run through of Titans picks in multiple mock drafts, from Wyatt.

Grades for the Titans' last five drafts from Wyatt.

Tom Gower of Total Titans set some limits for himself in a seven-round Titans mock draft, using a full mock draft from Rotoworld to establish who’s unavailable to be selected.

Fans chose the team’s 15th anniversary logo.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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