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NFL Draft 2012: The Texans Management Of Arian Foster And Mario Williams Will Dictate First-Round Pick

The Houston Texans are in the precarious position of having to manage the futures of two of their marquee players along with drafting the newest addition to their squad with the 26th pick in April.

Mario Williams and Arian Foster are free agents and the Texans can really only afford to sign one of them. If Foster isn't re-signed, look for the Texans to go wide receiver with the pick. If Williams isn't signed, as SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber suggests in his latest mock draft, then look for Houston to beef up the defensive line.

26. Houston Texans, Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Surprisingly enough, the Texans had a very good pass rush without Mario Williams last season. They do not have to replace him with a first-round pick. By drafting Poe, they get a true nose tackle for their 3-4 and stronger up front. With the right moves to add to the offense in 2012, this is going to be a very good team.

Houston has also been linked to a myriad of wide receivers with the No. 26 pick, but if Foster isn't re-signed, look for the Texans to potentially target Boise State's Doug Martin.

For more on the Texans, head to Battle Red Blog, and for updates on the upcoming draft, go to Mocking The Draft.

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