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Houston Texans 2013 7-Round NFL Mock Draft

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7-Round NFL Mock Draft

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The 2013 NFL Draft might still be nearly two months away, but the time to start digging deep into the prospects is now. Every team has specific needs that are starting to surface whether it’s caused by a lack of talent or an impending loss of a player due to contract restrictions.

This is 1 part of a 32 part series where I will break down a full seven-round mock draft for every NFL team. I am doing this based on several factors. First is their relative position in the draft. After the end of the regular season the top of the order will be set and as each weekend of NFL playoffs end more teams will be set in place for their picks. Second is based on team needs. I’ve gone to great lengths to get as much input from fans for this as possible, but I have to be honest, some fans don’t know their teams as well as they think they do. This will also include any traded or forfeited picks, but by all means if you see I missed a pick that was traded for or away, post it in the comments below so I know.

I am going to start at the top of the draft order, bounce between the top, middle and end, and give you all three or so a week until we’ve covered all 32 teams.

This installment we look at the Houston Texans. The Texans took their lumps on the way out of the playoffs and in their ugly exit their draft needs became very clear. This team is more than a little short handed on defense along the interior defensive line and at linebacker. These players were left standing on more than one play, missing tackles and getting pushed around by the New England Patriots offense. Also, the right side of the Texans offensive line is under-manned and could use an upgrade at either guard or tackle.

In addition to these team specific mock drafts, I will be updating my one-round mock draft regularly here on Rant Sports, along with full scouting reports on the top prospects, so keep an eye out for.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft, and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard.

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First Round-Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver West Virginia


Tavon Austin, WR West Virginia-In terms of pure talent Austin is as good as any wide out in the entire draft. But at only 5-9 the market for that skill set shrinks some. But for a team like the Texans with a super star on the outside in wide receiver Andre Johnson, Austin’s lack of ideal height is less important. Austin is able to make plays in the passing game or out of the backfield, and as a slot receiver would be on the field a ton in the Texans offense.

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Second Round-John Jenkins, Defensive Tackle Georgia

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John Jenkins, DT Georgia-The Texans 3-4 defense is lacking a true physical presence in the middle and Jenkins is a physical force in the middle. At nearly 360lbs, Jenkins will command a constant double team and free up those inside linebackers behind him to make plays.

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Third Round-Kyle Long, Offensive Guard Oregon

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Kyle Long OT/OG Oregon-Long is a big athletic lineman with an NFL pedigree and tons of potential. As a player who only moved to offensive line in 2011, it’s incredible how far he has come. He can play either guard or tackle at this point, and looks like a very good fit in that Texans zone blocking scheme.

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Fourth Round-Nico Johnson, Linebacker Alabama

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Nico Johnson, LB Alabama-Whether or not linebacker Brian Cushing returns to full speed, this linebacking group needs to get better. Johnson has been very much under the NFL draft radar because he’s so overshadowed by many of his teammates. But he’s an experienced, athletic linebacker who comes from a 3-4 defense and could immediately provide depth on the inside and eventually start.

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Fifth Round-Shawn Williams, Safety Georgia

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Shawn Williams, S Georgia-The Texans again try and get more physical on defense by picking Williams. Williams is a pure in the box strong safety who intimidates offensive players and hits like a hammer. He's not great in coverage but his ability to hit helps him in short zones. Williams slips a little because he isn't a pure athletic free safety but there's no doubt he can start in the NFL.

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Sixth Round-Dennis Johnson, Running Back Arkansas

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Dennis Johnson, RB Arkansas-Running back may not seem like a need for the Texans, but if they can get a multi-talented back like Johnson this late, they have to snatch him up. He’s able to run the ball well between the tackles, is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and an accomplished kick returner as well. This team needs more playmakers and Johnson showed this year on a bad Arkansas team he can be just that.

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Seventh Round-Craig Roh, Defensive End Michigan

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Craig Roh, DE Michigan-Roh is a big strong defensive end with the frame to pack on some more weight and work his way in as a rotational play in the 3-4 at end. Not a tremendous athlete, but a nice player to work with, especially being drafted this late.