With one of the league’s top defenses already in place, the Houston Texans find themselves in need of some offensive weapons heading into 2013. After being eliminated by the high-scoring New England Patriots in the divisional round last year, it’s time for the team to start putting more points on the board. With the Patriots and Baltimore Ravens going through periods of transition, the time is now for Houston to become elite on offense.
One place where nearly every draft analyst projects the Texans will do that? The No. 27 spot in this year’s draft. Almost everybody has the team taking a wide receiver with that spot, and for good reason. Outside of Andre Johnson, the Texans don’t have a ton of play-makers in their receiving corps. Kevin Walter won’t be back, and the top returning receiver outside of Johnson is Lestar Jean, who racked up only 151 yards in 2012.
So who should the Texans target in the first round for help? The general consensus is DeAndre Hopkins out of Clemson.
Hopkins is coming off a record-setting 18 receiving touchdown season in the ACC, and left school after a stellar junior season. He’s a receiver who figures to play on the outside, and is solid in the short, mid, and long-range passing games. He’s got 4.4 speed, and possess all the necessary attributes to be successful on Sunday. There are come concerns over his size, but everyone agrees that he should be able to come in right away and have success.
There are several receivers like Tavon Austin and Keenan Allen, that I’m sure the Texans would also consider, but they figure to be gone by the 27th spot. Hopkins should be available, and if so, Houston would be wise to grab the talented wide out.
Even if the franchise misses out on Hopkins or another target, I’d still be shocked to see them select anything but a receiver in round one.
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