NFL Mock Draft 2013: Texans select Alec Ogletree with 27th pick

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SB Nation's latest mock draft has the Texans taking Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree in the first round.

The Houston Texans enter the 2013 NFL Draft needing to replace Connor Barwin, who departed in free agency. They may find their man in the first half, if draftniks are to be believed.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn released their latest joint mock draft on Monday. In it, they have the Texans selecting Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree with the 27th overall pick:

Other than Ed Reed, the Texans have been relatively quiet in free agency. While Brooks Reed is likely to get moved to the inside, a player like Ogletree can stay on the outside. Ogletree may have some character concerns, but there are no questions about his athleticism and playmaking ability. He's a fluid linebacker adept at dropping in coverage. That would allow Brian Cushing to pay more attention to the run and blitzing.

Houston also has a need at WR after cutting Kevin Walter. If they decide to go in that direction, they could have their pick of DeAndre Hopkins, Cordarralle Patterson or Keenan Allen at the end of the first round.

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