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NFL Mock Draft 2012: CBS Sports Has Texans Taking Rueben Randle

The Houston Texans had a championship caliber defense this past season, but their offense was lacking a secondary wide receiver to Andre Johnson. That position was exposed when Johnson was out several weeks with a hamstring injury and the Texans rotated in different receivers with varying success.

The folks over at CBS Sports are both projecting that the Texans take a wide receiver with their first round pick.

Here is what Rob Rang says about the Texans taking LSU's Rueben Randle:

26. Houston Texans, Rueben Randle, WR, LSU: The Texans obviously boast one of the league's preeminent receivers in Andre Johnson but his inability to remain healthy and Houston's relative inconsistent depth behind him make wide receiver an area of concern. Big, strong and fast, Randle should be able to take some pressure off of Johnson and perhaps ultimately even replace him as Houston's primary target.

Dane Brugler talks about how the Texans need to prepare for life after Andre Johnson:

26. Houston Texans, Rueben Randle, WR, LSU: Although he still has many years left as a dominant lead target, wide receiver Andre Johnson isn't getting any younger and the Texans saw what life would be without him as he missed nine games last season because of hamstring injuries. While Arian Foster and the rushing offense picked up the slack, Johnson's absence exposed a need for more weapons at receiver. Randle was underutilized in the Tigers' run-first offense, but finished third in the SEC in receiving and averaged 17.3 yards per catch.

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