2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft - The Houston Texans Select...

Dontari Poe

With the 26th pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Brett Kollman selected for the Houston Texans, who earned their pick by winning the AFC South with a 10-6 record and heading to the playoffs for the first time in team history. In the playoffs, they defeated the Bengals in the first round and then lost to Baltimore the next week.

With the 26th overall pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Houston Texans select...

Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Despite losing so many great players this off season, Houston is still primed to select the best player available at the bottom of the first round. Wide receiver is an issue, but the extraordinary depth of this class can fix this in the second round. OLB is a tad thin, but Houston has had recent success finding great pass rushers out of the first round and could easily continue that trend. Offensive line might seem like a glaring hole, but the joy of being in a zone scheme is the ability to find smaller, quicker lineman late in drafts. Nose tackle, however, was flirting between below average and utter disaster for the entire 2011 campaign. Not only does Poe fit a need, but he is a top 15-20 talent falling all the way to 26.

What Poe brings to the table is exceptionally rare athleticism for his size. Speed, strength, and quickness were all on hand at the combine where he wow'd pretty much anyone who considers themselves a football fan. His hands and feet could use some refinement, but his sheer physical presence practically requires double teams every single snap. This propensity to eat up blockers is what makes him most valuable to Houston, as this frees up JJ Watt, Antonio Smith, Connor Barwin, and Brooks Reed to one-on-one situations. Wade Phillips loves throwing the kitchen sink at offenses in his base 5-2 (which is practically what it is since we have two DE's playing the OLB position), and adding Poe into mix all but guarantees someone is going to be left unblocked. Freeing up opportunities for the rest of your defense is arguably the most important ability of a nose tackle, and Poe will do just that for years to come.

If you thought Houston's defense was scary last year, just wait and see what a full off season and a shiny new nose tackle can do.

Dontari Poe Highlights:

Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:

The Texans don't have very many needs but NT is a place that can use an upgrade. Poe is a freak in terms of height-weight-speed ratio but he was relatively unproductive in college. He picked based on potential but it's understandable considering his upside. It's an interesting fit in Wade Phillips' 3-4 one-gap defense.
Grade: B
Value: +6

Draft Overview:

# Team Picked By Name/Positon of Pick
1 Indianapolis Alex Neyer Andrew Luck QB
2 Washington David Farrelly Robert Griffin III QB
3 Minnesota Palewook Matt Kalil OT
4 Cleveland Jason Garrison Justin Blackmon WR
5 Tampa Bay Andrew Bernius Morris Claiborne CB
6 St. Louis Jim0ijk Quinton Coples DE
7 Jacksonville AK513 Melvin Ingram DE
8 Miami Dan Lockhart Trent Richardson RB
9 Carolina Jason Blanton Luke Kuechly LB
10 Buffalo Casey Penn Michael Floyd WR
11 Kansas City Kenneth Taylor David DeCastro OG
12 Detroit (projected trade) Andrew Perrotta Stephon Gilmore CB
13 Arizona Dan Wolford Riley Reiff OT
14 Dallas Joshua Foster Michael Brockers DT
15 Philadelphia Travis Parker Mark Barron S
16 New York Jets Kenneth Taylor Courtney Upshaw OLB
17 Cincinnati (from Oakland) Jason Garrison Dre Kirkpatrick CB
18 San Diego Anthony Knox Fletcher Cox DE
19 Chicago Steve Whited Kendall Wright WR
20 Tennessee Jeff Welch Nick Perry DE
21 Cincinnati Jason Garrison Cordy Glenn OG
22 Cleveland (from Atlanta) Jason Garrison Ryan Tannehill QB
23 Seattle (projected trade) Jared Egner Whitney Mercilus DT
24 Pittsburgh Jason Garrison Dont'a Hightower LB
25 Denver Jared Morgan Devon Still DE
26 Houston Brett Kollman Dontari Poe DT
27 New England (from New Orleans) Anthony Knox
28 Green Bay Travis Castleman
29 Baltimore Jason Garrison
30 San Francisco Chris Brown
31 New England Anthony Knox
32 New York Giants Matt Leitner
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