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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Texans bolster receiving corps with Keenan Allen

Houston's goal, according to recent mocks, appears to be simple: Get help for Andre Johnson in the form of another elite wide receiver.

Jed Jacobsohn

The Houston Texans appear to have an obvious mission regarding how they want to use their 27th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft, and that is to find a top-tier wide receiver to join Andre Johnson for the coming seasons. According to a few recent mock drafts, one choice stands above the others.

Former California Golden Bears wide receiver Keenan Allen will be Houston's pick, according to Wednesday's updated mock draft from Sports Illustrated's Don Banks.

Banks believes finding a wideout in the first round is rather critical for the Texans. Here's his tongue-in-cheek alternative, if they don't:

Otherwise, they might as well disband the franchise and not even field a team this season. It's that important.

In his junior season at Cal, Allen caught 61 passes for 737 yards and six touchdowns, following up a sophomore campaign in which he caught 98 balls for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns. The second-rated wideout in Matthew Fairburn's positional rankings for SB Nation, Allen is also projected to go to the Texans in SB Nation's latest mock done by Dan Kadar.

Last season, Johnson led the Texans in catches (112) and receiving yards (1,598). A run-first offense, Houston's leader in touchdown catches was tight end Owen Daniels, with six. Daniels was also the team's second-leading receiver with 62 receptions and 716 yards.

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