CSN Mock Draft, Pick 27: Texans select ...

CSN Mock Draft, Pick 27: Texans select ...

April 19, 2013, 11:15 am
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No. 27: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia (6-2/242)

The Texans are in an interesting position. They could use a nose tackle. They could use a wide receiver. They could use a tight end.

But I've spoken with someone whose opinion I trust that knows the Texans' thinking, and he agrees that Ogletree makes sense for Houston.

The Texans are a team that believes it is close to a Super Bowl. Houston was one of the dominant teams in the AFC regular season a year ago. However, in its biggest spotlight games: MNF vs the Packers and both games (regular season and playoffs) against the Patriots, defense was a major problem.

Brian Cushing's injury was at the root of much of that. However, the Texans still need more help on defense. Ogletree is the guy to give it to them. He is a three-down linebacker, which is a major plus. He actually began his career as a safety but grew into his current frame and became a game-changing linebacker.

I believe Ogletree is a top-15 talent, but he falls this far because he was suspended by UGA to start last season. But keep a couple things in mind: One, Mark Richt at Georgia can be a stickler for discipline, and if he thought Ogletree was a bad guy, he likely would have booted him from the team for the season. And two, the Texans took a shot with DeVier Posey a season ago after he was a player caught up in Ohio State's tattoo scandal. Houston did its homework and came to the conclusion that Posey posed no character risk. I feel confident they will do the same with Ogletree.

A couple of other names to keep in mind for this pick are WR DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson or TE Zach Ertz of Stanford, both of whom make sense and could infuse the Texans' offense with a needed spark. But I think the Texans go defense and choose Ogletree.