NFL Mock Draft 2013: Texans projected to bolster linebacking unit

Kevin C. Cox

Houston could lose a few linebackers over the offseason and are predicted to add one in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, according to one mock.

The Houston Texans won the AFC South division and made it to the divisional round of the conference playoffs, falling to the New England Patriots. Because of this, they know they will be picking at the 27th overall spot in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and one mock believes Houston will try to strengthen its defense.

According to SB Nation's Dan Kadar, in his mock updated on Jan. 14, has the Texans taking Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree with their first round selection.

Kadar explains that potential roster losses to their linebacker depth make the versatile Ogletree a wise move for Houston:

The Texans get Brian Cushing back next season but may lose Tim Dobbins and Bradie James via free agency. Ogletree is a natural fit for Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense. He's an active linebacker that can work sideline to sideline. Some have been projecting Alabama's DJ Fluker to this spot, but he's not a fit for Houston's zone blocking scheme.

In 2012, Ogletree recorded 111 total tackles, 11.5 of those for a loss, along with 3.0 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble for the Bulldogs. He also scored a touchdown. Additionally, his 63 solo tackles ranked third-most in the SEC this season.

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