Making The Grade: WR Draft
Which WR would best fit the Texans?
A playmaker to compliment Andre Johnson must be added to the Texans before the start of the 2013 season. With the cap situation the way it is for the Texans the chances of the team acquiring a big fish at the wide receiver position in terms of free agency just isn’t going to happen. The team could go the route of maybe trading a pick or two for possibly a receiver that just isn’t getting touches on the team they currently play on. That could supply the Texans with a player that is NFL ready. But the general consensus is that Houston will take a receiver with the 27th pick in the this years draft.
Who can the Texans get and who fits the mold of the Texans. If you look at the way Houston plays and the style in which the offense is run, a smaller receiver isn’t what the Texans are looking for. Many like Tavon Austin out of West Virginia. Never going to happen. At 5’9” the Texans just aren’t interested in small receivers like Austin.
Here are a few receivers that the Texans could be targeting with the 27th pick.
Keenan Allen (Cal): 6’3”, 210 LBS. 61 catches for 737 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2012. Has great size and huge hands. Allen is very affective after the catch and dangerous is space. Does not have excellent speed.
Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee): 6’3”, 205 LBS. 46 catches for 778 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2012. Patterson played one season with Tennessee after transferring to the Vols from Junior College. Patterson is a physical freak and can make any play a big play. Has phenomenal explosion off the line. Great vision in the open field and can return punts and kicks. Does drop passes and is raw, but has a very high ceiling.
DeAndre Hopkins ( Clemson): 6’1”, 205 LBS. 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2012. Gets up field in a hurry and can go up and get it with anyone. Will always make plays down field but needs to improve his route running. Overall is a very tough player and can block better down field than most players in the draft.
Terrance Williams (Baylor): 6’2” 205 LBS. 97 catches for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. Williams can make catches in coverage. One of the most experienced and polished receivers in the draft. Also is a viable redzone target because of above average hands and exceptional route running ability. Doesn’t have amazing speed or size but makes it work.
Justin Hunter (Tennessee): 6’4” 200 LBS. 73 catches for 1,083 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2012. Is a flat out great leaper and can make any catch over any defender. Has lost a bit of a step after an ACL injury caused him to miss the 2011 season. Above average hands and has the perfect size for a big play wide receiver. Doesn’t get physical and can have a case of the drops.
Robert Woods (USC): 6’1” 190 LBS. 76 catches for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012. Can turn on a dime and makes catches and plays because of his speed and quickness rather than using size. Decent blocker but an amazing jumper and is always willing to go up and get the ball. Excels in tight spaces and has the ability to get behind defenders.