2011 BGN Community Mock Draft Pick #11: Houston Texans

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Robert Quinn of North Carolina runs through a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

With the 10th pick in the 2011 BGN Mock Draft mr.electric10 selects...

Robert Quinn OLB North Carolina

Unlike most of the teams picking this early, the Texans have some very good pieces already in place. They have an above average QB, a stud RB and one of if not the top WR in the game. Their offense had the third most yards and scored 390 points. Their defense, on the other hand, gave up the third most yards and fourth most points. Had it not been for the horrendous defense they probably would have made the playoffs.

After hearing those stats, it is clear that main needs for the Texans are on the defensive side of the ball. After the jump, here are their three biggest needs

NEED 1: Cornerback/Safety

I thought that if the Texans had an average secondary they would have been a super bowl contender. They allowed 33 TD passes the most in the NFL and their most experienced corner, Glover Quinn, could be better as a safety.

NEED 2: Outside Linebacker

With switching to the 3-4 defense they need another OLB to play on the other side of Connor Barwin. They also had only 30 sacks last season so they really need someone to pressure the QB.


NEED 3: Nose Tackle

Again, because of the 3-4 switch the DT position becomes very important and while Shaun Cody could be a solid nose tackle he is not the ideal fit in the Wade Phillips system.

I think this pick is perfect for the Texans. Quinn was a top 5 pick going into the year and because of endorsement issues fell out of the top 10. These issues also aren't things that are likely to continue in the NFL and shouldn't scare the Texans. Quinn is 6'4" and 265 pounds. He ran a 4.62 in the 40 to show NFL scouts the time off didn't make him out of shape. He also did 22 reps of 225 pounds at the Combine. Quinn is a phenomenal pass rusher and is very athletic for someone of his size and weight. The Texans are getting a player with top 5 caliber ability that can come in and improve their D right now and its at a position need. With Quinn, Connor Barwin, DeMeco Ryans and Mario Williams this suddenly becomes a solid pass rushing unit. And, because of the quality of QBs in the AFC and the need for an effective pass rush, this is an easy pick for the Texans.

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