|Three||27, 33(compensatory)||89, 95|
|Six||27, 33(compensatory)||195, 201|
Total: 9 Picks
Team Needs: Wide Receiver, Outside Linebacker, Safety, and Inside Linebacker
Consensus First Round Pick: Wide Receiver, Robert Woods, USC
Prospects That Fit Team Needs:
Early Rounds: WR Robert Woods (USC); WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee); S Eric Reid (LSU); WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia); S Kenny Vaccaro (Texas); OLB Jarvis Jones (Georgia)
Middle Rounds: DE/OLB Sio Moore (Uconn); WR Stedman Bailey (West Virginia); Marquise Goodwin (Texas); DT Montori Hughes (Tennessee-Martin)
Late Rounds: T David Quessenberry (San Jose State); DE/OLB Quanterus Smith (Western Kentucky); LB Marvin Burdette (UAB); LB MIchael Mauti (Penn State)
When looking at the Houston Texans‘ offense, they are simply in huge need of a wide receiver. More than one most likely. The Texans decided to go separate ways from wide receiver Kevin Walter. Without Walter, the Texans are left with just four other wide receivers on the roster. This puts big pressure on Andre Johnson who will be turning 32 years old this year. Next on their depth chart is Keshawn Martin, who has just ten career receptions in his one season in the league.
Robert Woods from USC is a possibility for the Texans at 27. Woods is assumed to be just a slot receiver in the NFL, however I see his potential to make big plays when the ball is in his hands. Would work great with Andre Johnson mentoring him on and off the gridiron. In 2012, Robert Woods caught 76 passes for 846yards and 11 touchdowns. Compared to Packers‘ wide receiver James Jones.
Defensively, I see the Texans needing to find some talent to help the replacement on Connor Barwin who was lost in free agency. Also, the Texans need help at inside linebacker. Look for the team to target both positions from the middle to late rounds. Signing Ed Reed is not the long term answer for the Texans at free safety but it does help. The team lost Glover Quinn who was much younger than Reed, and who’s production was rather similar this past year. There is depth at safety in the 2013 draft, so I do not see a problem if the Texans would like to find a safety later in the draft and groom him under Reed for a couple years.
There are so many teams that could do so many different things in this year’s draft. The Texans’ plan seems quite cut and dry. I expect them to follow these needs and to not pull any tricks from the hat. Look for the Texans to take a receiver in the first. Then follow these other needs from there. After reaching the playoffs for two straight years, the Texans will be looking to get over the playoff hump and reach the Super Bowl in 2013. As always, it starts with the NFL Draft.