Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
With the 26th pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Houston Texans select...
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
This selection and write-up was made by troy145:
The Houston Texans are a pretty stacked squad on both sides of the ball. They've lost a few key players like Demeco Ryans and Mario Williams on defense, so its certainly possible that they could try and address that side of the ball, but with Kendall Wright still on the board, I think they have a chance to take their offense to the next level. Andre Johnson is arguably the best in the league at what he does, but after him, the Texans don't have any serious threats at WR. Wright is a speedster who can make defenses pay for committing too much to covering Johnson and also provide a legitimate downfield threat if Johnson is injured, as he is prone to do. Any fears brought on by his poor 40 time at the combine have already been wiped away as he ran two 4.4s at Baylor's Pro Day, and he's been clocked as low as 4.38. The Baylor record-holder for most receiving categories is a tad undersized at 5'10, 190lbs, but has excellent route running and great hands.The hype around Wright has seemed to fall a bit, so the idea of picking Wright here at 26 for the Texans is made even sweeter by the idea that he was projected to go higher in many drafts.
I believe Kendall Wright would have an immediate impact. Adding depth at WR and giving Matt Schaub a more dangerous #2 option than the likes of Jacoby Jones is undoubtedly a priority for the Texans going in to this draft, as despite pro-bowl talent with Foster, Schaub, and Johnson, Houston struggled to score at times. Wright makes the Texans a more difficult team to cover, helps open up the run game even more (especially in Johnson's absence), and can even contribute immediately on special teams with return duties as he occasionally did for the BU Bears.
It'd be nice for the Browns to be like the Texans and say, "we need to draft a receiver as an insurance policy if our star receiver goes down." It's hard to say how exactly the Texans should improve. They were a very strong team last year, and had Matt Schaub not gone down with an injury, who knows how different the NFL playoffs would have turned out. Losing the likes of Williams and Ryans on defense makes me think they'll try to get another defensive star, much like they did with J.J. Watt a year ago.
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