NFL Mock Draft 2013: Texans add receiver in 1st round

Stephen Dunn

Many have Houston taking a receiver first, but which shall they select?

Calling all pass-catchers: the Houston Texans have a job opening!

While Houston has been an up-and-coming team for awhile now, winning a playoff game in each of the last two years, they're still looking for the missing pieces to help get them over the hump. The goal isn't to win Wild Card games, it's to make the Super Bowl and then some. It appears that the Texans have a lot of talent, but do they have enough and where can they find the players to help the most? At what position?

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It appears that the biggest area of need is wide receiver, where life-long Texan Andre Johnson is still alone on an island. Johnson had 112 catches for 1,598 yards last season, but Houston lacked any other serious threats at receiver. In addition to that, Johnson isn't getting any younger and turns 32 this year. So it makes sense to think that they will be seeking a receiver in the draft, but which one? Rob Rang of CBS Sports projects Robert Woods of USC:

Woods was overshadowed in 2012 by the emergence of sophomore sensation Marqise Lee, but was the more reliable route-runner and pass-catcher of the two. Physically tough and experienced playing inside and out, he'd be a perfect complement to Johnson.

But Woods is not the only option. Also on CBS, Dane Brugler projects the Texans to take Keenan Allen out of Cal, while Pat Kirwan thinks it would be DeAndre Hopkins out of Clemson. Other options would be Tavon Austin of West Virginia, Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee, or "heck some other guy, I don't know!" But we do know that Houston has a need at that spot, and this draft has a lot of options.

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