2015 NFL Mock Draft: Houston Texans Select…


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The Texans are in desperate need for talent on the offensive side of the ball. And according to Sayre Bedinger, editor over at our sister site, NFL Mocks, that’s exactly what Houston gets in the first round of his 2015 NFL mock draft

With the 16th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select…

Jan 1, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) runs the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the first half in the 2015 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Gordon, Running Back, Wisconsin

"“With their current QB situation, the Texans are going to have to run the ball a lot and a guy like Melvin Gordon can come in and pair with Arian Foster to give them an absolutely deadly combination at that position. Gordon has speed and a killer instinct, and with Foster’s injury history, this type of pick wouldn’t surprise me.”"

I have to admit, this is a sexy pick. But with Foster coming off an impressive Pro Bowl caliber year and the nice play of rookie back Alfred Blue, I’m not sure running back is the Texans’ highest priority. And even if it is, recent drafts have proven you can get quality running backs in the later rounds.

One thing is for sure. Gordon is a first round pick. Scouts’ Inc. ranks him as the 15th best overall player in this draft. Gordon racked up an amazing 2587 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns on 343 attempts in his last season with Wisconsin.

In Mel Kiper Jr’s first mock draft of the year, he has Gordon going 24th to the Arizona Cardinals. Here’s what the 30-year draft guru had to say about the young running back prospect:

"“Analysis: There have been exactly zero running backs selected in the first round over the past two drafts, but Gordon is certainly worthy of breaking that streak. The Cardinals front office has done a great job piecing together this roster, as evidenced by the fact that they were as competitive as they were given the health problems at quarterback, and while Gordon might sound like a luxury pick, he’s really not if you consider how much explosiveness was lost when Andre Ellington got hurt. If you rely on a player such as Ellington, it’s good to have another player like him. Gordon is that — only better. Ultra-explosive when he finds space, he runs with patience and vision and can outrun the field when he gets a crease, a big reason why he averaged 7.5 yards per carry even when everybody knew he was getting the ball. He’s just what this offense needs, assuming they get back a healthy Carson Palmer.”"

With questions always surrounding Foster and possible early retirement, Gordon ultimately could be the right choice for the Texans. But with other more pressing needs like their offensive line, quarterback and recevier play, addressing the running back position this early in the draft could be a mistake.

If you’d like to see the rest of Sayre Bedinger first round mock draft, click here.

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