Who will Texans take? Scanning mock drafts

Who will Texans take? Scanning mock drafts
January 18, 2013, 8:00 am
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The Texans will have the 27th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft in April.

Houston finds themselves with the 27th pick because the four Divisional Playoff teams that do not advance to the conference championship games select from number 25-28. Then the teams are ranked based on where they sit in the standings in reverse order.

So at 12-4 the Texans are slated after the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers respectively because both teams finished 11-5. The Denver Broncos fit into the 28th spot after going 13-3.

The offseason is here for the Texans and that means everyone now sets their sights on the mock drafts that are floating about the endless world of the internet. Who will the Texans take? What position does the team need to fill?

I went through 105 different mock drafts to see who each of them had the Texans selecting with their first round pick.

Fifty-three out of the 105 mock drafts have the Texans selecting a wide receiver with their first round selection.

Andre Johnson had the best season of his career this year, but also just finished his 10th season in the NFL. Kevin Walter has also been in the league for 10 seasons and finished with just two touchdowns. Walter also had 11 games during the regular season with under 35 receiving yards.

DeVier Posey was coming into his own down the stretch of the season and was looking to become the team's deep threat. But Posey now will be sidelined for a substantial amount of time after he undergoes surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon on Friday. He suffered the injury against the Patriots in the Texans' final game of the season. The Texans have Lester Jean and Keshawn Martin at wideout as well, but neither finished the season above 10 catches.

The breakdowns below indicate players who were found on more than one mock draft going to the Texans:

Wide receivers: 53

13 - Tavon Austin, West Virginia
11 - Terrance Williams, Baylor
7 - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
6 - Keenan Allen, California
6 - Robert Woods, USC
5 - DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
3 - Justin Hunter, Tennessee

The next position with the most number of selections were players in the secondary. Seventeen of the drafts had the Texans selecting a defensive back in the first round.

The Texans finished 16th in the NFL against the pass, but tied for 26th in passing touchdowns allowed. The Texans do have some free agents in the secondary that could possibly not return next season. Cornerbacks Alan Ball, Brice McCain and Stanford Routt are all free agents as well as safeties Quintin Demps and Glover Quin. I don't see why the Texans wouldn't resign Quin who led the team in tackles in 2012.

Defensive backs: 17

3 - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
3 - Eric Reid, S, LSU
3 - Matt Elam, S, Florida
2 - Xavier Rhodes, CB/FS, Florida State
2 - Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas

Thirteen mock drafts said that the Texans will select a defensive lineman. Shaun Cody is the only free agent on the line and after eight season's in the league might not resign with the team. Which maybe led some to select Jesse Williams out of Alabama as the potential player to stuff the middle. Williams is a 320 pound nose tackle from Australia who blew up the twitter world in the offseason last year when reports of him bench pressing 600 pounds came out of Tuscaloosa.

Defensive Line: 13

4 - Jesse Williams, DT/NT, Alabama
3 - Johnathan Jenkins, NT, Georgia
2 - Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

The Texans have six linebackers that are now free agents headlined by Connor Barwin. Jesse Nading, Tim Dobbins, Keyaron Fox, Bradie James and Barrett Ruud will all also be free agents. The return of Brian Cushing will certainly help out the middle and along with the emergence of Whitney Mercilus, who tied a Texans' rookie sack record with six in 2012, should aid the pass rush if Barwin doesn't return. Alec Ogletree shined in the SEC championship game against Alabama and looked like the best player on the field that day.

Linebackers: 12

5 - Alec Ogletree, Georgia
4 - Kevin Minter, LSU
2 - Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

The final selections in the mock drafts were scattered about the offensive line and tight end. The chances of the Texans making one of these moves is slim, but you do have to remember that James Casey is a free agent and Owen Daniels isn't getting any younger.

Also, three offensive lineman are heading to the Pro Bowl, but the right side of the line did struggle at times. To its defense, the right side was very young but included team rookie of the year Ben Jones who appears to be figuring out the NFL nicely.

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