Texans 4-Round Mock Draft: Trades, pass rushers, and more

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812. Wide Receiver. 13. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Ohio State. GarrettWilson

If Garrett Wilson is still on the board when the No. 13 overall pick arrives, Houston Texans fans could be yelling O-H-I-O to make Wilson feel more at home as there is no way they would pass on a talented player like Wilson if he were still on the board.

The 13th overall pick should be used as a “best player available” scenario and not purely a “need” pick, though the Texans do need to add a wide receiver in this draft to play alongside Brandin Cooks and others, which helps the progression of quarterback Davis Mills.

The OSU receiver — who is also a native of Austin, Texas —  is highly touted in this draft and for good reason because he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, and though NFL.com put in his draft profile he has “boom or bust” potential, Lance Zierlein of NFL.com believes he can be a WR2 in the NFL, which for the next couple seasons is great to play alongside Cooks and work on his “areas of concern.”

Here is what Zierlein wrote about what concerns him about Wilson:

"“He’s a linear, inside/outside receiver with trouble eluding press cleanly and is very inefficient with routes over the first two levels.”"

Wilson’s stats at Ohio State included a 2021 season of 70 receptions for 1,058 yards with 12 touchdowns and he averaged 15.1 yards per reception. Against Big Ten opponents, Wilson averaged 14.4 yards per reception (52 receptions) for 747 yards and 10 touchdowns in ’21.

All of this said, Wilson would be an excellent choice for the Texans if they want to add a receiver who might need a little work, but can still make dominating plays even if he isn’t the complete player just quite yet.