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2012 BGN Community Mock Draft Pick #26: The Houston Texans

With the twenty-sixth pick in the 2012 BGN Community Mock Draft, KByars selects...

Dontari Poe: DT, Memphis

The workout warrior finally comes off the board. With the last of the first round caliber offensive linemen and wide receivers selected with the previous few picks, this selection came down to a decision between Poe and Whitney Mercilus.

Houston is in need of upgrades at both the outside linebacker and nose tackle positions. The deciding factor was the amount of scouting reports that pegged Mercilus as strictly a 4-3 DE who would not be able to play as a 3-4 OLB. That uncertainty outweighed any concerns about Poe's ability to translate his freak physical athleticism into on-field production.

This late in the first round, Dontari is the sort of high ceiling prospect who could make the Texans' front office and coaching staff look very good if he lives up to the potential which he displayed at the draft combine and in workouts.

More after the jump...

The 6'3, 346 pounder wowed scouts with a 4.98 second 40. He also put up 44 reps of 225 lbs. However despite his impressive physical gifts, Poe had a very pedestrian college career, playing for Memphis in Conference USA.

To speak simply, Poe is very large, very strong and very fast for his size. Now, the Texans just have to figure out how to convert that potential into production.

Next on the clock will be Avant-Garde with the New England Patriots.

Previous Picks: #1 Andrew Luck, #2 Robert Griffin III, #3 Morris Claiborne, #4 Trent Richardson, #5 Matt Kalil, #6Justin Blackmon, #7 Melvin Ingram, #8 Ryan Tannehill, #9 Michael Floyd, #10 Dre Kirkpatrick, #11 David DeCastro, #12Courtney Upshaw, #13 Luke Kuechly, #14 Fletcher Cox, #15 Quinton Coples, #16 Mark Barron, #17 Stephon Gilmore, #18 Riley Reiff, #19 Janoris Jenkins, #20 Nick Perry, #21 Kendall Wright, #22 Stephen Hill, #23 Cordy Glenn, #24 Dont'a Hightower, #25 Jonathan Martin

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