Round four (#112 overall) Glover Quin, CB, New Mexico
Initial thoughts: Who? Certainly a player who spent much of the draft process under the radar.
Value: D I would find it difficult to believe that Quin wouldn’t have been available in round five or later.
After further review: The Texans must believe that Quin could be a guy that they could move to safety, and that would fill a need. He has great measureables, so we won’t hold his anonymity against him.
Round four (#122 overall) Anthony Hill, TE, N.C. State
Initial thoughts: We thought that Houston would go with a running back here, but the pick of Hill shows no less commitment to the running game as he was widely regarded as the best blocking tight end in this draft.
Value: B- The middle rounds was right about where many people had Hill slated to go.
After further review: If the Texans are going to make some of the tough yards that they couldn’t make a year ago, they will likely come running behind Hill. Really solid, non-sexy draft pick.
Round five (#152 overall) James Casey, TE, Rice
Initial thoughts: Wow, another tight end. With the team selecting Anthony Hill just one round earlier and having Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels on the roster, the pick was a bit of a surprise.
Value: B- This was obviously a best player available pick as it appears that the Texans don’t have an immediate need for Casey. That’s commendable.
After further review: This Texans team struggled mightily in the red zone a year ago and Casey should help to remedy the situation. I’m not in love with the pick, but they must have a plan in mind for this guy.
Round six (#188 overall) Brice McCain, CB, Utah
Initial thoughts: Still no running back. Okay, McCain certainly has speed and the Texans secondary was terrible last season.
Value: C McCain is far from being considered a steal, but I don’t believe it was a reach either.
After further review: Is it possible to have too many fast guys on your football team? I don’t think so. McCain could be a contributor on special teams and potentially grow into the nickel role.
Round seven (#223 overall) Troy Nolan, S, Arizona State
Initial thoughts: I like the pick a lot. This guy makes big plays and takes the ball to the house.
Value: B+ Nolan isn’t a steal, but he’s a very good value for a Texans team that has a need for talent on the back end of the defense.
After further review: This could be one of the real hidden gems in this draft. Nolan has a nose for the football and has made plays throughout his entire collegiate career.
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