2013 NFL Mock Draft: Texans going offense or defense in the 1st?

Ronald Martinez

Houston was one of the most well-balanced teams in the league in 2012. Which player would be most helpful to them to reach the next level?

The Houston Texans would probably like to get better on either offense or defense next season but they weren't bad on either side of the ball. Houston finished seventh in both total offense and total defense. Though, when they faced the Patriots in the Divisional round of the playoffs, they allowed 41 points to Tom Brady and company.

One possible solution to that could be Kevin Minter, middle linebacker out of LSU. That's where CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thinks Houston might lean:

Both of the Texans' starters at inside linebacker are set for free agency after this season (Tim Dobbins, Bradie James) and it wouldn't be a shock if neither return. Minter has been a dominant run force for the Tigers this season and would brings Pro Bowl potential to the position in the NFL.

Certainly it is an area in need of an upgrade, but is middle linebacker worth a first round pick? Rob Rang thinks that offense would be the way to go, and wide receiver Tavon Austin could help spread the field:

Austin's natural playmaking ability as a slot receiver would make him a natural fit - and potential immediate impact weapon for a team looking to win now.

The Texans will likely be a very good team again in 2013, but which player will be a bigger help towards getting further in the playoffs? The defender or the playmaker?

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