With the twenty-sixth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select Johnathan Cooper, G, UNC.
Next we address the 27th pick in the draft - The Houston Texans are on the clock.
#27 Houston Texans. Needs - WR, CB, RT. The Houston Texans looked like a real Superbowl contender at the 3/4 point of the 2012 season. They were 11-1 when they rolled into New England for a pivotal Sunday night match-up with the Patriots. They were 11-2 after they were rolled over by those very same Patriots 42-14, and never seemed to regain the edge they had prior to that game. The Texans dropped to a 3rd seed when all was said and done, and bowed out of the playoffs via another blow-out loss to the Patriots.
The Texans were pretty consistent on offense in 2012, and their final rankings were pretty consistent too. 8th in rushing yards, 8th in sacks allowed, and 8th in scoring at 26 points per game. The only oddball was their 11th ranked passing attack. The offense struggled down the stretch though, coinciding with their 1-3 record to finish the regular season.
The Texans defense was led by JJ Watt, who had an amazing season. He helped pace the Texans to a 5th place ranking in sacks, where they totaled 44 on the year. He was also fantastic against the run, helping his team earn a top ten ranking (7th) vs. the run as well. Houston was also top ten in points allowed, surrendering just under 21 per game (9th), and in takeaways, with 29 on the season (9th). The one real weakness for the Texans defense was the passing game, where their 16th place finish in passing yards allowed doesn't really show how badly they struggled down the stretch and in the postseason.
The Texans need help at WR. They don't have that explosive presence at the WR position. They really need help at CB, too. Ryan Harris struggled at RT and doesn't look to be the long-term answer there. So where do they go with this pick? There is plenty of talent available at the WR position. DJ Fluker is still there too and is arguably the best RT prospect in the draft. Top CBs and Safeties beckon as well.
Picks so far:
#1 Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
#2 Jacksonville Jaguars - Bjoern Warner, DE, FSU
#3 Oakland Raiders - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
#4 Philadelphia Eagles - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
#5 Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
#6 Cleveland Browns - Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
#7 Arizona Cardinals - Geno Smith, QB, WVU
#8 Buffalo Bills - Mike Glennon, QB, NC St.
#9 New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
#10 Tennessee Titans - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St.
#11 San Diego Chargers - Eric Fisher, OT, CMU
#12 Miami Dolphins - Keenan Allen, WR, California
#13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi St.
#14 Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
#15 New Orleans Saints - John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
#16 St. Louis Rams - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
#17 Pittsburgh Steelers - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
#18 Dallas Cowboys - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
#19 New York Giants - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
#20 Chicago Bears - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
#21 Cincinnati Bengals - Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU
#22 St. Louis Rams - Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
#23 Minnesota Vikings - Terrance Williams, WR,Baylor
#24 Indianapolis Colts - Dion Jordan, DE/OLB,Oregon
#25 Seattle Seahawks - Sam Montgomery, DE,LSU
#26 Green Bay Packers - Johnathan Cooper, G, UNC