With the 20th Pick in the 2010 Stampede Blue Community Mock Draft, the Houston Texans select...

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Dan Williams, DT - Tennessee

Pick made by Aerostar193:

The Texans need some major help in their secondary, but with all of the top prospects off the board (Taylor Mays doesn't cut it for me), they can switch their focus to defensive tackle and select Dan Williams. After trading the disappointing Travis Johnson to San Diego last season, there was no player left on the roster to replace him. Veterans Shaun Cody and Jeff Zgonina did their best to fill the hole, but neither of them are answers going forward.

Williams is a massive body with outstanding power and strength who could do wonders for a Texans team that is dead-set on stopping the Colts high powered offense. He's an excellent run-stuffer and dominates the line of scrimmage with ease, opening things up for his teammates to make more plays. And with already established stars like Mario Williams, Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans on the Texans defense, the addition of "Big Dan" could potentially vault their level of play, along with the inconsistent Amobi Okoye, to the next level. One issue with the idea of Williams going to the Texans is that he's mostly viewed as 3-4 nose tackle at the next level, often being pegged in mock drafts as the Dolphins or Broncos pick. However, I think he proved he had the athleticism to play in the 4-3 after he ran the 40 in 5.17 seconds while weighing 327 pounds. The Texans are only a few pieces away from becoming an elite team in my eyes, and Williams could definitely fit in as one of those pieces.

How would he impact the 2010 Texans?

There's really no reason for Williams not to start from Day 1. The Texans coaching staff has never been hesitant to start rookies in the past. Established players on the Texans defense like Cushing, Williams, Ryans, and Okoye all started their entire rookie seasons, and Dan Williams should be no different. I expect him to have a smooth transition to the NFL and become an immediate difference maker for the team.

If Williams is taken #20 by the Texans, it would be the 3rd DT taken in the first round by the Texans over the past 6 years (Travis Johnson & Amobi Okoye).  This doesn't include taking Mario Williams #1 overall in '06 as well.  He will also be the 2nd DT taken in the first round from Tennessee over the past 4 years (Justin Harrell).

Williams's Scouting Report from Mocking the Draft

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Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 St. Louis Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame TouchdownColts
2 Detroit Russell Okung OT Oklahoma St. coltsfan723
3 Tampa Bay Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska TheAngelsColts
4 Washington Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma Colts Homer
5 Kansas City Eric Berry S Tennessee sanders_fan89
6 Seattle Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma shake n bake
7 Cleveland Earl Thomas S Texas 2ndBlueGeneration
8 Oakland Bruce Campbell OT Maryland LovinBlue
9 Buffalo Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa Cassieper
10 Jacksonville Rolando McClain LB Alabama peytonsthebest
11 Denver Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech JPBarnett
12 Miami Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma St. fpacheco
13 San Francisco Joe Haden CB Florida BlueVol03
14 Seattle Charles Brown OT USC shake n bake
15 N.Y. Giants C.J. Spiller RB Clemson gizzardfanny
16 Tennessee Jason Pierre-Paul DE South Florida Addai Another Day
17 San Francisco Mike Iupati G Idaho BlueVol03
18 Pittsburgh Kyle Wilson CB Boise St. LV Steelers Fan
19 Atlanta Brandon Graham DE Michigan fiftycal2004
20 Houston Dan Williams DT Tennessee Aerostar193
21 Cincinnati FineClub
22 New England skywalker
23 Green Bay bracketismyboy
24 Philadelphia TehRhino
25 Baltimore SupermanWearsBobSander'sPJs
26 Arizona NYKings
27 Dallas jules62
28 San Diego chad72
29 N.Y. Jets diagenesis
30 Minnesota DClark#44
31 Indianapolis mgrex03
32 New Orleans palco
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