Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay release 3 round alternating mock draft, see who the Texans grabbed

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Nate Peterman in the second round would be ideal for the Houston Texans.

ESPN NFL draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have been very creative with their mock drafts this offsseason.

Kiper and McShay have now released an alternating three round mock.

With the way things worked out, Kiper ended up making all of the Texans’ picks.

Here they are:

Round 1:

"Kiper’s pick: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLAOne of the best defenses in the league gets better — and gets J.J. Watt back. Watch out, quarterbacks. Now, if only Houston could get a QB of its own. I think it’s a reach to take Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes here."

I’m not a fan of the Texans going defense in the first round with the fact that their top two needs are at quarterback and right tackle.

The problem is that the Texans and every other NFL team should take the best player available and that likely will mean passing on a quarterback and right tackle.

Round 2:

"Kiper’s pick: Nathan Peterman, QB, PittFinally, another quarterback of the board. And it’s to the QB-needy Texans, who passed on one in Round 1. Peterman might be the most pro-ready signal-caller in this class."

Peterman would be a nice pick in the second round given the fact that not one quarterback in this year’s draft is an overall great prospect that can start right away.

Jon Gruden says he believes Peterman could start right away if he had to. Not sure what that really means since Gruden never developed a quarterback as an NFL coach.

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Round 3:

"Kiper’s pick: Aviante Collins, OT, TCUSo far Houston has added a pass-rusher and quarterback, and Collins, the fastest O-lineman at the combine (4.81 40), could be Duane Brown‘s successor."

The Texans get their right tackle in the third round with Collins.

Even though Kiper has the Texans taking Collins in the third round, he’s projected as a 5th or 6th round pick.

Here’s what Collins’ draft profile says:

"The more you watch of Collins, the more you like. His athleticism is the first thing you will notice, but his toughness and determination to stay tied to his blocks are what will start to win you over. Finding the right fit will be the problem. He lacks size and length as a tackle and his below average hand usage will get him in trouble against bull rushers if he moves to guard. Collins is a talented move blocker, but he may need a year or two to get stronger and to tighten up some technique issues."

It sounds like Collins could be a project and may have to end up playing guard at the next level with their being concerns over his physicality.

The issue is that Collins would likely be the best tackle the Houston Texans could get in the third round since this year’s class is so bad.