With the No. 16 pick in the DBN 2015 NFL Mock Draft, the Houston Texans select...
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
The selection and write-up were made by troy145:
Houston faces a few glaring team needs, include WR and LB, but none shine brighter than the question mark that remains at QB despite the Texans' hustling to acquire 3 new QBs since O'Brien's arrival in Hoyer, Mallet, and Savage. My top three WRs, the three I have an easy first round grade on, are gone. I could go tight end, but I dont feel the value is even close to being there. Another edge rusher was an option, but all of the studs there are off the board as well. That makes this decision easier in pulling the trigger on Hundley.
Hundley is physical specimen, has good arm strength and accuracy, is the best running QB in this draft, and has shown great touch and a nice deep ball. I believe his WRs and OL hamstrung him in 2014, and I think his pocket presence and poise are underrated. He'll have to think a little more quickly in the NFL but think O'Brien and his staff are up to the task of bringing the best out of Hundley, who I believe has tremendous upside. Could I have waited til the second round and gotten him? A coin flip at best. I see an opportunity to snatch up a franchise QB when no other studs are there for me, and I take it. I consider this much less of a reach than the Bills grabbing EJ Manuel a few years ago, and for a prospect I believe to be much, much better, despite some similarities on the surface.
I think Hundley could even hang out on the bench for 6/8 games or even a whole season, especially if Hoyer or Mallett come out using familiarity with the offense to win the job (I dont think Savage is long for the NFL). However, neither of those guys is a long term answer at QB. I think Hundley has what it takes to have a promising rookie outing if he isn't rushed into the gig.
I like seeing some bold picks here and there in the first round of our community mock drafts to get people talking, so I was happy to see Hundley go to the Texans. If this happened, I'm sure Brian Hoyer would be shaking his head thinking, "not again." The Texans' quarterback situation seems crowded right now with three guys who could potentially manage the offense well enough with a defensive-minded team.
With Hundley, the Texans could try to develop his raw skills over time, and selecting him in the first-round would avoid the risk of another team getting him early in round two. After Winston and Mariota, there is a long gap to Hundley, but how long is a quarterback-desperate team willing to risk waiting? That is what elevates a quarterback's stock on draft day.
Theare up next, led by Crawford_T.
2015 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)
|Ted Washington's Belly
|Manly and Loving It
|Marquess of Rockingham
|Maverick Hunter X
|New Orleans Saints