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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #20 Houston

Houston comes into the season with high hopes after finishing last season with a 9-7 records and narrowly missing the playoffs. However, the Texans finished 1-5 within the division and must improve on that number if they are to secure the first playoff spot in franchise history. While the Texans need a RB to compliment Steve Slaton, of more pressing concern is finding a CB to replace Dunta Robinson, who was signed away by the Atlanta Falcons this off season.

And with the 20th selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select..

CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State

I’ve got to say, I haven’t heard much of Kyle Wilson. He plays for A Boise State team that has done really well in recent years, but you rarely see on TV until bowl season. He had a great game in the Fiesta Bowl against TCU.

DraftCountdown breaks down Kyle Wilson and the Texans strategy for the first couple of rounds of the draft..

There is just no way around it, losing Dunta Robinson as a free agent was a crushing blow for a Texans secondary that wasn’t exactly loaded with impact performers to begin with. With that in mind Houston might be inclined to reach a bit for Boise State’s Kyle Wilson, who has emerged as the #2 cornerback prospect in this draft behind Florida’s Joe Haden. Wilson is a tad undersized but he plays big, is a great athlete with excellent speed and also possesses first-rate intangibles. Not only does Wilson’s physical style of play fit in with what the Texans like to do on defense but he is also a bona fide playmaker and that is a dimension that Houston’s secondary has been sorely lacking. Earl Thomas of Texas would also be a perfect fit as a ballhawking free safety alongside Bernard Pollard and he could even play a little corner as well. If Houston doesn’t go with a defensive back here it’s probably because they opted for a running back, most likely Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews. After a stellar rookie campaign Steve Slaton fell victim to the dreaded sophomore slump in 2009 and also underwent surgery for a neck injury this offseason. There is little or no doubt that the Texans are going to select a running back early in this draft, the only question is whether they will do it in round one or round two. At the end of the day this Texans team is headed by guys from the Broncos organization where running backs were a dime a dozen, which leads you to believe they might grab the cover guy and wait on the runner.

BigCatCountry, a Jacksonville Jaguars blog offers this story and scouting report on Wilson..

Wilson caught the attention of some people at the Senior Bowl when he c ame in a personalized bus with his picture on the side. If you make a statement like that about yourself, you better be able to back it up with your play and he didn’t disappoint during his week in Mobile. At the end of his week of practice, the National Football Post had this to say of his performance,

“Wilson continues to shine, showcasing impressive physicality off the line in press (coverage) while maintaining his balance and quickly closing on the football,” according to National Football Post. “Looks like the nation’s top senior corner.”

His strong performance at the Senior Bowl coupled with a strong showing at the combine and his pro day have elevated his already lofty draft stock. At the combine, Wilson blew away the cornerback field in the bench press posting 25 reps; 5 more than Brian Jackson who finished second among cornerbacks with 20 reps. At his pro day, Wilson ran a 4.43 40 that would’ve ranked as the best time among cornerbacks at the combine.

One question about Wilson has been his hands, but he helped to erase those doubts at his pro day, catching all but one ball thrown his direction.

The possibility that Kyle Wilson may even be the highest cornerback on many teams’ boards over Joe Haden has been presented as a possibility. The difference in value between the two is slim and if the Jaguars were to trade down and draft Wilson would they really be losing out on the value of the 10th pick? I’m inclined to think they wouldn’t be.

The guest list so far..
20. Houston Texans- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
19. Atlanta Falcons- DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On the clock…the Who Deys from Cincinnati

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