2013 NFL Mock Draft: Texans selected receiver Robert Woods out of USC

Stephen Dunn

It's not for a lack of trying that Houston has had a hard time finding a receiver to pair with Andre Johnson. Will they go that route again?

For the second year in a row, the Houston Texans made the playoffs and won a playoff game. And yet, for the who-knows-how-many years in a row, they don't have a solid receiving option opposite of Andre Johnson. It was a re-breakout year for Johnson, who posted 112 catches for 1,598 yards in Houston, but he doesn't have that much help and quarterback Matt Schaub probably wouldn't mind it either.

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All of Houston's significant receivers are also getting up there in age; Johnson will be 32, Owen Daniels will be 31, and Kevin Walter will also be 32. Daniels was second on the team in receiving yards with 716, while Walter had 41 catches for 518 yards. The Texans wouldn't mind bolstering that unit for now and for the future.

So with the 27th pick in the NFL draft, do the Texans select USC wide receiver Robert Woods? Dan Kadar seems to think so, as him and Matthew Fairburn teamed up in SBNation's latest mock draft:

Woods was considered a mid first-round pick. But he struggled with injuries and was passed over by Marqise Lee. Along with Hopkins, Woods may have the best hands in the draft this year.

Woods has been overshadowed by phenom teammate Marqise Lee, but he makes a hell of a prospect in his own right. Given a couple of years to develop behind the veterans, Woods could be a reliable number three target in the short run, and a legitimate number one in the long. Will it be for the Texans though?

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