Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina.
Playing the role of Minnesota general manager is 'daddyzander.' Here is his rationale for the selection of Quinn:
The Houston Texans are a fairly straightforward team when it comes to this NFL draft, and should be able to address some of their primary needs in the first two rounds. The needs themselves, well that is fairly easy, D, D, D, and more D. In 2010 the Texans ranked 29th in yards allowed, and 28th in points allowed. Their biggest offseason change was the hiring of Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator, thus transitioning to a 3-4 from the previous defensive regimes' 4-3, and as been talked about before, you need the right players to make that transition work.
So where does that leave the texans in regards to this pick? I see three different routes they can take from this point, but the most glaring one is an 3-4 OLB to put on the other side of Connor Barwin, which leads me to the pick of...
Robert Quinn DE/OLB - UNC
Even after missing the entire season due to NCAA violations, Quinn still rates very highly on many teams boards, and was considered a top 5 prospect before the missed season. Although raw in terms of pass coverage, Quinn is very very good at getting to the QB, and should fit in well to a Phillips 3-4 scheme.
Other Players Considered:
Cameron Jordan - USC - More of a DE in a 3-4 scheme, but could also provide good value
Jimmy Smith/Brandon Harris - Houston does have a need at DB, but I feel there is better talent at DB available in the second round, whereas Quinn presents BPA at another need here.
My take: Another pick in our Big Blue View Community Mock Draft I really can't argue with. Quinn is good value here, fits the need for a team transitioning to 3-4 and is the Texans' choice in many of the mock drafts I have been looking at of late.
-- RolloT' is now on the clock with the Vikings' selection, No. 12 overall. Is the run on offensive linemen about to begin?
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