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With the 11th Pick in the 2011 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the Houston Texans Select...

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With the 11th pick in the 2011 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Houston Texans select...

Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

This selection and write-up was made by rdy:

You don't have to follow the Texans to realize their obvious weakness is what many would call a swiss cheese pass defense. With the two projected elite corners off the board the next best way to help their secondary is to shorten the time the DB's have to cover their assignments. Last season the Texans recorded 30 sacks, tied for 24th in the league. That must improve.

With Wade Phillips bringing in the 3-4 defense they are going to need a playmaker on the outside who can bring it, and put some much needed pressure on the QB. If he can grasp the 3-4 system pretty quick then I can see him giving the Texans a big boost on the defensive side of the ball.

I have a different philosophy for what I want the Texans to do with this pick. There's nothing wrong with Smith necessarily, but at No. 11 overall, I just get the sense that they are right on the border of missing out on the very top prospects in the draft. I'm under the assumption that one first-round pick on defense isn't going to improve their defense that much, and I would love to see the Texans take Julio Jones here. Can you imagine Jones paired with Andre Johnson and Arian Foster? If Houston can become a more consistent offensive powerhouse and build their defense a little bit in the later rounds, I think that is the way to go.

The Minnesota Vikings are on the clock next (email has been sent to Simmsinns).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Carolina Cameron Netwon
QB Auburn BrownDawg1409
2 Denver Marcell Dareus DT Alabama Bernie19Kosar
3 Buffalo Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson discoinferno083
4 Cincinnati A.J. Green WR Georgia macdowellm03
5 Arizona Patrick Peterson CB LSU Browns town
6 Cleveland Cameron Jordan DE California golanbatrac
7 San Francisco Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska rufio
8 Tennessee Von Miller OLB Texas A&M iwearmocs
9 Dallas Nick Fairley DT Auburn Granville74
10 Washington Robert Quinn DE North Carolina Rounds94
11 Houston Aldon Smith DE Missouri rdy
12 Minnesota Simmsinns
13 Detroit BuenosAires_Dawg
14 St. Louis Don'tByBrownsQBJerseys
15 Miami jaws
16 Jacksonville sleepy042
17 New England Onyx Lightning
18 San Diego Adrock2009
19 N.Y. Giants Red-Right-88
20 Tampa Bay Legoman0721
21 Kansas City Mehouf
22 Indianapolis PaduaDSP
23 Philadelphia booobs33
24 New Orleans Buckeye Brad
25 Seattle bross09
26 Baltimore Ecwingen
27 Atlanta Clinton Blankenship
28 New England Onyx Lightning
29 Chicago jharbdo
30 N.Y. Jets Roger Dorn
31 Pittsburgh
SpecialBrownie
32 Green Bay ScottJC