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2013 NFL Mock Draft: CBS Sports' Rob Rang mocks WR Tavon Austin to Texans

Wide receiver Tavon Austin could fill the Texans' slot receiver position and put their offense over the top.


For the second consecutive season, the Houston Texans qualified for the postseason. For the second consecutive season, the Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round. And for the second consecutive season, the Texans' playoff run ended in the Divisional Round.

So, the Texans don't need much help, but they need some.

CBS Sports' NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang believes that help needs to come on the offensive side of the football. The Texans have their quarterback in Matt Schaub and are set at the running back position with Arian Foster. Their offensive line finished in the top ten in sacks allowed. The main offensive weakness, then, must lie at the wide receiver position.

Rob Rang thinks so. In his latest mock draft, he projects the Texans, with pick No. 27, to select wide receiver Tavon Austin out of West Virginia University.

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: Andre Johnson re-emerged in 2012 as one of the NFL's elite wideouts but depth remains quite thin, especially with the torn Achilles suffered by Devier Posey in the playoff loss to New England. Austin's natural playmaking ability as a slot receiver would make him a natural fit -- and potential immediate impact weapon for a team looking to win now..

With the ever-increasing focus on the passing game in the NFL, the slot receiver position has never been more important. And a threat at the slot position could put Houston's offense over the top.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar does not agree and poses a valid case for Houston to improve their defense in the upcoming Draft with linebacker Kevin Minter out of LSU.

After losing Brian Cushing for the season, the Texans revealed a lack of depth at the inside linebacker spot. While Cushing will be back to full strength next season, Houston could use another option alongside him. Kevin Minter is the type of thumping linebacker who will become productive in this defense.

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