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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Texans predicted to take either WR or LB in 1st round

According to a couple of recent mock drafts, the Texans are projected to either add depth in their linebacker or wide receiver units in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Though their official first round slot in the 2013 NFL Draft won't be determined until their playoff run is over, the Houston Texans are projected to seek help for either their linebacker unit or wide receiver corps, according to a couple of mock drafts.

In his latest first round breakdown, updated on Thursday,'s Rob Rang has the Texans selecting USC Trojans junior wide receiver Robert Woods with the subject-to-change 29th overall pick in the draft. Woods, who could potentially help draw attention away from Houston's standout wide receiver Andre Johnson, is ranked as the fourth-best receiving prospect, according to

Alternatively, Dane Brugler, also of, in his first round predictions has the Texans going with junior linebacker Kevin Minter from the LSU Tigers with the same pick. Minter was a key member of the Tigers' vaunted defense in 2012, which surrendered only 17.5 points per game, good for 12th-best in the nation.

Houston struggled through injuries to their linebackers during the 2012 regular season, with Brooks Reed and Tim Dobbins battling through ailments and Brian Cushing being lost for the season with a torn ACL back in October.

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