The Houston Texans will select Rueben Randle, WR from LSU with the 26th pick in this year’s Rant Sports 2012 NFL Mock Draft. Randle, a 6’4″ 210-pound junior, opted out of playing his senior season in Death Valley. In his junior season, Randle hauled in 50 catches for 904 yards and 8 TDs while being hampered by inconsistent quarterback play. In spite of a sub par passing game at LSU, Randle has been able to catch the eye of the pro scouts with his combination of size, speed and sure handed catching ability.
The Texans have little depth at the wide receiver position and are need of another deep threat for Matt Schaub to complement one of the league’s best wide outs Andre Johnson. Johnson, while maintaining his reputation as one of the best at his position, has been prone to injury. The Houston Texans offense is much better with him on the field and could certainly use more depth for when he misses again. Weighing in at around 10 pounds less than Johnson, Randle seems to have many similarities to the 5-time Pro Bowler and Texans all-time leading receiver. Johnson was also a junior when he was selected in the first round by the Texans. Additionally, Randle has shown ability to stretch the field running past defenders vertically as well as threatening the middle on crossing routes. With his size, Randle is able to shield defenders for the jump ball when necessary as well.
Most NFL draft experts agree that Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State., Kendall Wright of Baylor and Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech are the tops of the NFL Draft. The problem is there are many other teams looking for that big play receiver to complement today’s pass happy style of offensive play in the NFL and these players will most likely be gone. Selecting Randle in this 26th spot for the Texans will be the best way to fill what they deem as one of their most pressing needs. Randle certainly has all the right answers in this NFL Combine video and showed throughout his career at LSU his ability to back them up. With the same agent as Johnson, this deal is closer to reality than some may think.