NFL Mock Draft 2012: Mel Kiper Has Houston Texans Taking Kendall Wright In First Round

ESPN's Mel Kiper released his latest mock draft on Wednesday afternoon, and the draft guru has the Houston Texans selecting Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright in the first round.

* Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Minus Andre Johnson for much of the past season, Houston's play-action game took a big hit. The Texans just couldn't stretch the field. Wright can be dangerous with or without Johnson. He'll challenge defenses deep, but can also work underneath and run after the catch. The Texans need more ammo in the passing game, and Wright will provide it.

Another weapon for Matt Schaub would certainly help Houston's offense take another step forward. Wright ran at Baylor's Pro Day in late March, running 40 yard dash times of 4.46 and 4.43 -- unofficially. Both those times are a major improvement over his 4.61 that Wright ran at the NFL combine.

According to Kiper's mock, Wright would be the third receiver off the board in the 2012 NFL Draft, with Justin Blackmon going to the Rams at No. 6 overall, and Michael Floyd going at No. 13 overall to the Cardinals.

For more on the Texans, be sure to check out Battle Red Blog.

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