If history is any indication, the Texans will be going defense in the first round of next month's draft.
For starters, the Texans need help at linebacker, and possibly in the secondary as well, with the 27th pick. They could use another wide receiver, of course, but don't forget that they spent a second-round pick (DeVier Posey) and a fourth-rounder (Keshawn Martin) on wideouts just last year.
Before drafting those two players, though, the Texans snatched DE/LB Whitney Mercilus out of Illinois with pick No. 26. The significance of that choice is that it followed in a long line of Texans first-round selections that play defense.
In total, nine of the 12 first-round picks in Texans history have been defensive players. And if you take out quarterback David Carr (2002) and wideout Andre Johnson (2003), then it's nine of the last 10. The only offensive player taken by the Texans in the first round since '03 was left tackle Duane Brown (2008).
Over the last decade, there have been plenty of times when the Texans could have used an offensive player or, quite frankly, could have used the best player available. But it's clear that whether it's defensive line (Mercilus, J.J. Watt, Amobi Okoye, Travis Johnson, Jason Babin), linebacker (Mario Willams, Brian Cushing) or secondary (Kareem Jackson, Dunta Robinson), this team likes going defense with its top pick.
So in all of those mock drafts - and there are lots of them - where you see the Texans going with a wide receiver at pick No. 27, you might want to take a moment to remember: History teaches us otherwise.