May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the stage and podium before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
It seems like it’s been forever, but receiver Andre Johnson was cut by the Houston Texans just over a week ago. With Monday’s signing of Cecil Shorts, the Texans’ front office has added a veteran receiver to try and lessen the blow of Andre’s departure.
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This won’t make up for every bit of that lost production, though. The Texans need to add another young receiver to pair with 3rd-year wideout DeAndre Hopkins. Many analysts agree that a receiver should be drafted this year by the Houston Texans, so the question is not “if?”, but “when?”.
Wide receiver isn’t the only position the Texans need to address. As I wrote previously, there is a huge need at inside linebacker. Houston also has a tendency to draft best player available (BPA) instead of reaching for an inferior prospect due to need.
Since the Texans will most likely make a pick at wideout with value in consideration, look for them to call the name of a receiver later in the draft, ideally, on Day 3 (4th-7th round picks). With that in mind, here are three prospects I would love to see the Texans take a chance on.
Note: All three of these prospects will have knocks on them and shouldn’t be expected to immediately replace Andre Johnson. AJ went 3rd overall. These guys are late-rounders for a reason.
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