Robert Woods, WR, USC
The Houston Texans are coming into the 2013 draft riding the wave of back-to-back division titles. Much like the New Orleans Saints, the Texans are new to the party of success and would like to keep the new found fortunes rolling in.
The team is built on the backs of scrappy, blue collar players who work hard and cohesively to achieve team oriented goals. The defense is directed by Wade Phillips and led by ILB Brian Cushing and DE J.J. ‘Swat' Watt. They are complemented by a solid supporting cast, bolstered by the addition of big-hitting safety Ed Reed. A few defensive departures could be easily filled through the later rounds of the draft.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Texans have a solid starter at QB in Matt Schaub and a quality backup in T.J. Yates, so a move to get another QB into the fold is not likely. In the backfield, the Texans have a pure thoroughbred by the name of Arian Foster who is joined by Ben Tate. The offensive line is solid and recently signed OT Ryan Harris to bolster their front. This all leads to the position of most need in H-Town, Wide Receiver.
Since the day he was drafted, Andre "Optimus Prime" Johnson has been the focus of the Texans passing attack, even before they acquired a QB to get the ball to him. Johnson has been consistently productive in spite of being tagged as Public Enemy No. 1 by opposing defenses each week.
During his tenure, the Texans have rotated through deep threats and possession receivers, looking for a complementary piece to Prime. However, the best complement to Johnson would be a Johnson clone. USC WR Robert Woods fits the bill - big, fast, and aggressive with great hands.
Woods is listed at 6'1", 200 lbs. and is coming off of a solid Pro-Day performance. Last season for the Trojans, Woods contributed 78 catches for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns. Woods also had a monster run of 76 yards, demonstrating his ability to run in the open field and possible contributions in the return game. A fact that will not be lost on GMs around the league is that Woods 252 catches for 2930 yards and 31 TDs in his time at USC. Woods would force teams to split their focus defensively, instead of loading up against the run or double-teaming Johnson regularly.
Picking Woods could potentially provide the balance and spark that has sometimes been lacking in the Texans offense. While there are other potentially dangerous WRs in this year's draft, most of them will be gone by the time the Texans pick at 27 overall, so Woods is a solid pick here.
The 11th ranked passing attack could see a big spike in production with the addition of another threat. In a division loaded with small to medium built CBs, having two big WRs to win jump balls could prove valuable down the stretch in Houston's quest for a 3rd straight division title. If nothing else, Woods could take on the moniker, ‘SunStreaker' and combine with ‘Optimus Prime' to become the Autobots.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||
OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
||Dragon Ninja Warrior||48%|
CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.
DE Dion Jordan - Oregon
DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah - BYU
||Fan since the Aints||54%|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
||Joseph Williams Stern||94%|
|8||Buffalo Bills||G Chance Warmack - Alabama
|9||NY Jets||S Kenny Vaccaro - Texas
|10||Tennessee Titans||G Jonathan Cooper - UNC
|11||San Diego Chargers||DT Sharrif Floyd - Florida
|12||Miami Dolphins||DT Star Lotulelei- Utah||Ralph Malbrough||59%|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CB Xavier Rhodes - Florida St.||jeff.l.b||78%|
|14||Carolina Panthers||CB Desmond Trufant - Washington||Stilljreming||27%|
|15||New Orleans Saints||DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo - LSU||Dave Cariello||68%|
|16||St. Louis Rams||OLB Jarvis Jones - Georgia||caomhin|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||WR Cordarrelle Patterson - Tennessee||aryanspecial|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||OT D.J. Fluker - Alabama||SAINTMANUMIT|
|19||NY Giants||DT Sheldon Richardson - Missouri||BlackandGold4ever|
|20||Chicago Bears||ILB Manti Te'o - Notre Dame||MobileSaint|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||WR Tavon Austin - West Virginia||Fan since the Aints|
|22||St. Louis Rams (from Washington)||TE Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame||Kevin Held|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||DT Johnathan Jenkins - Georgia||cajuncommando58|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||DE/OLB Damontre Moore - Texas A&M||Legatron Morstead|
|25||Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)||WR DeAndre Hopkins - Clemson||Fan since the Aints|
|26||Green Bay Packers||DE Datone Jones - UCLA||caomhin|
|27||Houston Texans||WR Robert Woods - USC||TeeThaKingSaint23|
|29||New England Patriots||ShadowFlash|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Dave Choate|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||BlackandGold4ever|