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NFL Mock Draft 2015: Houston Texans Select DeVante Parker

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With the sixteenth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans (represented by quickdrawdoc) stea...err...select...

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DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

The Texans could sure use a decent QB (as can like 15 other teams) first, but in this draft they absolutely pilfer Parker up front and grab a QB in the second round. They have Mallett. And Savage. And Hoyer.

Hoyer. As in -

"Hoy! Er offense is gonna blow this year."

Let’s focus on the first round, however. (In the second they get Hundley. For sure.)

Parker is legit. Sure, Kevin White had a good Combine and is speedy la di dah, but perhaps only second (arguably) to Alabama’s Amari Cooper, Parker is  the top WR prospect in the 2015 class.

The 6’3, 211 pound Louisville dude has been a tractor beam of passes thrown his way since his sophomore season. Over the past three seasons (despite missing the first seven games of 2014 due to a foot injury), Parker averaged 4.3 receptions for 77 yards and .84 TDs a game. He’s also only dropped 3 passes since 2012. 3.

This, as compared to 2014 rookie Bucs stand-out Mike Evans who, although a bit taller and more meaty, averaged 4.5 receptions for 70.1 yards and .8 TDs a game.

Not only that, Parker proved he wasn’t simply a product of the promising Vikes 2nd year man Teddy Bridgewater, having prolifically negotiated a stable of QBs at Louisville since Teddy’s departure and upon his return from injury.

The Texans ended their 11-year stint with Andre Johnson who, to be fair, will be a year removed from being eligible to run for President at kickoff. DeAndre Hopkins, yet another young wide receiver from the recent bright cohort of Clemson receivers  which includes Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, would make for an awesome pair with Parker for whomever Bill pegs to call signals for any length of time (Hundley?).

The need for a dynamic, handsy, athletic WR is evident, and Parker fits the bill, Bill.

Also -

DeAndre…

DeVante…

^ perfect.

Of course, there’s no warranty on a WR with a previous foot injury. Some analysts say he’s noticeably lost a step since his return, but given he played 6 games in 2014 in which he averaged 143 yards on over 7 receptions and just about a TD a game, I think this analysis is a tad rich. He also ran a decent 4.45 at the Combine.

Some knocks - He’s quite lean and he’s not really known for his blocking. He could also refine his route- running abilities (though most rookie WRs have to anyways). He's also rumored to prefer 2% milk and to wear his socks 'round the house. His floors are clean but his socks get really very sooty. Not. Good.

Though, all things considered the Texans should consider themselves lucky to land a WR of his abilities.

And, oh yeah, his NFL comp is A.J. Green.

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Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
Hans Petersen 82%
2 Tennessee Titans DE Leonard Williams - USC Tee Word 85%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler - Florida Khannar 80%
4 Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper - Alabama arcuate 73%
5 Washington Redskins DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska Lostastic 29%
6 NY Jets OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson BlackandGold4ever 52%
7 Chicago Bears LB Shane Ray - Missouri saintmanumit 28%
8 Atlanta Falcons DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky Dave Choate 46%
9 NY Giants NT Danny Shelton - Washington GoFastTurnLeftMaybeRight 60%
10 St. Louis Rams OT Andrus Peat - Stanford Kevin Sean Held 46%
11 Minnesota Vikings WR Kevin White - West Virginia gulf shores 60%
12 Cleveland Browns QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon ryan_la_sports07 68%
13 New Orleans Saints CB Trae Waynes - Michigan State Dave Cariello
14 Miami Dolphins RB Todd Gurley - Georgia Ralph Malbrough
15 San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead - Oregon The Irish Assassin
16 Houston Texans WR DeVante Parker quickdrawdoc
17 San Diego Chargers
LeedsSaint
18 Kansas City Chiefs
jmcmillan_93
19 Cleveland Browns
ryan_la_sports07
20 Philadelphia Eagles
Matt Mosley
21 Cincinnati Bengals
coldpizza
22 Pittsburgh Steelers
whodatgermany
23 Detroit Lions
Khannar
24 Arizona Cardinals
saintmanumit
25 Carolina Panthers
Jake White
26 Baltimore Ravens
quickdrawdoc
27 Dallas Cowboys
arcuate
28 Denver Broncos
Ryne Hancock
29 Indianapolis Colts
Alex Lyles
30 Green Bay Packers
Matt Mosley
31 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
32 New England Patriots
Whit Prottsman