The Houston Texans will presumably have a lot of holes on their roster to fill when the NFL Draft begins in late April. And this is the time of the offseason when fans are overwhelmed with a barrage of mock drafts, trying to impossibly predict what each NFL team will do when their on the clock.
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But I think it’s fairly safe to assume that a former general manager of the Houston Texans would have an advantage over most media members when it comes to predicting the Texans’ first pick. So when NFL Network’s Charley Casserly announces his mock draft, it’s probably wise for Houston fans to listen.
Here’s Casserly’s selection for Houston’s first round pick in 2015:
With the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select…
Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) catches a pass while defended by Miami Hurricanes defensive back Artie Burns (1) during the second half of the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
DeVante Parker, Wide Receiver, Louisville
Here’s Casserly’s explanation of the selection:
"“The Houston Texans, Old Andre. Andre Johnson‘s gone. We need a wide recevier. Everybody’s going for Amari Cooper. No! So, we are going to go with DeVante Parker. Speed, explosion, run after the catch. I like this guy a little more than Amari Cooper.”"
First, it’s hard to believe Cooper would last this long in the draft. Secondly, it’s also hard to believe that Houston would take Parker over him.
But both coaches and general mangers have their favorites. And if this recevier class is as talented as last years’, you probably can’t go wrong with either player.
As for Parker, he’s a 6-3, 209 pound recevier who clocked a 4.45 forty-yard time at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. Many consider him the third best wide out in this class.
You can watch Casserly give his picks for 11-20 in the first round of his NFL mock draft below.