Houston Texans In Dire Need Of A Top Rookie Wide Receiver

By Devin O'Barr
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Although the Houston Texans reached the AFC Divisional round for the second season in a row, they cannot afford to stand pat while the 2013 NFL draft passes bye. Houston needs another wide receiver in the worst way as they cant keep relying so heavily on Andre Johnson. Trading up in the draft and snagging the best wide receiver available is exactly what the Texans need to do.

Taking a look at this team, it is a shame that they have not reached the Super Bowl in each of the last two seasons. With the Ed Reed signing, many are proclaiming the Texans to make another postseason run and rightfully so. The expectations are Texas-sized once again, and without another offensive weapon it will be an uphill battle for Gary Kubiak‘s club.

Tavon Austin out of West Virginia is the current favorite for Houston, but it’s improbable that a wideout who ran a 4.34 in the 40 yard dash will slip all the way to the 27th overall pick. In addition, the team already has a slot receiver in Keshawn Martin and Austin may not be physical enough for the NFL game. While the latter portion of the first round is littered with wide receiver prospects, it’s important that the Texans do not swing and miss with this pick.

The Texans are the only team in the league to not draft a WR in the first or second round since 2004. Regardless of recent success, the Texans fan base should be irate about how bad of a job they have done surrounding one of the best wide receivers in the game with talent. The NFL draft is less than a month away, and general manager Rick Smith is on the hot seat with me.

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