Like most NFL General Managers, the Texans' Rick Smith was coy about the team's intentions for the 2012 draft which begins Thursday night. And Smith said despite the Texans' obvious needs at wide receiver and along the offensive line, Smith and his staff do not vary from creating a board based solely on the value of players.
"You really gotta believe me when I tell you this," said Smith. "We don't stack the board based on need. The fact that we had transactions (prior to the draft) really has nothing to do with the board."
If the Texans chose to pick an offensive player in the first round, Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill is a possibility and if it's a defensive player, Whitney Mercilus of Illinois is a possibility. Mercilus, 6-4, 261, is a linebacker who led the nation in sacks and forced fumbles last year. While Smith didn't tip his hand in terms of how the Texans value specific players, he did say Wade Phillips' scheme can always use linebackers.
"One thing about this defens...