Friday, February 1, 2013
WR addition for Houston?
By Tim Kavanagh
In Andre Johnson, the Houston Texans have one of the league's top No. 1 WRs. But they've struggled to find a good complement to Johnson, and it's not as though he's a spring chicken, either: soon enough, they'll need a younger player to take over as the primary receiving target.
So it's not surprising that Texans owner Bob McNair included WR as one of the positions he believes the team needs to address this offseason. "We have a number of areas that we would like to strengthen ourselves," McNair confirmed, via HoustonTexans.com. "We need more depth at the inside linebacker, we need more depth with our offensive line interior and we need another wide receiver and we could use another cornerback or free safety. That's it. Everything else is really in good shape. We've got the core group together, we just need to add a few more pieces here or there, and I think we can do that through the draft."
There are some interesting prospects at WR in the draft this year, and some strong options at the position may be available to the Texans when the No. 27 overall pick comes up. Will they pull the trigger? "It depends on what's available when our pick comes up," McNair admitted. "If we had an outstanding wide receiver who was available at that point in time, I don't doubt we'd take him. If there was a football player that was a better player that was an inside linebacker than the wide receiver that's available, we'd take [the LB]. We're going to take the best player that's available. We got a number of positions where we could use the player so we're not limited to just one position looking for that player."
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. sent the Texans a WR in his latest mock draft, Cal's Keenan Allen:
Mel Kiper Jr.Mock Draft 1.0
"If he hadn't become a wide receiver, it's entirely possible that Allen could be a coveted safety in this draft. His experience on defense shows up on offense, where he has a great knack for finding space in coverage, working back to the ball to help his quarterback and using great hands as a dependable pass-catcher. He's dangerous with the ball in his hands. Allen has dealt with nagging injuries during his time at Cal, but is the kind of wideout who can come in and make his mark early, and Houston needs to find another weapon for Matt Schaub, with Andre Johnson on the backside of his career."