March 22, 2018

6* Options That Could Be Waiting at #27 for the Texans

It is finally here and the Houston Texans will be on the clock before we know it with the 27th overall pick. It will finally be time to see the work that has been put in by the organization over the off season traveling to see prospects and watching countless hours of film.

Will the Texans finally get their wide receiver that Andre Johnson has been asking for or will the Texans play it safe and take another defensive player to add to their young defense? Many fans are calling for the Texans to trade back to get more picks but this is all speculation at this point.

We have tried to narrow down who could possibly be there for the Texans at 27. See who we have narrowed it down to.



The Options


DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

1. DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

The hotel incident at the NFL Combine could have some teams shying away from Hopkins. Arguably the best wide receiver of the class, Hopkins posted some crazy numbers at Clemson (82 receptions, 1,405 yards, 18 touchdowns) against some quality opponents.  Recent analysts have Hopkins falling out of the first round but his talent should not be over looked.

Adding Hopkins to the Texans could give the offense another different look that they have not had, a receiver that can get vertical or turn a short catch into a big play. A definite upgrade to the wide receiver group.


2. Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California

Knee and ankle issues have put a red flag on Allen who is one of the more polished wide receivers in the draft. He was finally able to perform for scouts after a knee injury caused him to miss part of his final season at California, and after posting a 4.7 40-yard dash he was only deemed 75% healthy. Allen is a big bodied wide receiver who has been compared to Anquan Boldin, and a good route runner. His biggest knock could be the lack of break away and game changing speed.

Allen has had a private workout with the Texans so the interest is there. Thursday night will show what the team really thought of him.



Robert Woods, USC

Robert Woods, USC

3. Robert Woods, Wide Receiver, USC

Another wide receiver fans should not over look, especially with a breakout 111 catch, 1,292 yards and 15 touchdown season during the 2011 season. Overshadowed by his teammate on the other side at USC, Woods has put together a productive three seasons for the Trojans. He caught 32 touchdowns in three seasons and is also one of the more polished wide receivers in the draft.

Woods could possibly be one of the safest wide receivers to take in the draft but it all depends who is left on the board to justify Woods at that pick.


Justin Hunter, Tennessee

Justin Hunter, Tennessee

4. Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver, Tennessee

One of the few players gaining steam late into the draft and considered a fringe 1st round prospect. Considered an upside player, Hunter has had an issue with drops but he is another upside player that could project well with perfecting his craft. A big target at 6-4 and able to run a sub 4.4 40-yard dash, Hunter fits the mold of Texans’ wide receivers.

He is another player that can use a veteran presence to help him develop into a better player down the road. The biggest question mark would be if Hunter can come in and produce from day one.


Tyler, Eifert, Notre Dame

Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

5. Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame

Eifert is one of the more interesting prospects and could be a nice weapon for the Texans once Owen Daniels’ time is up in Houston. The top rated tight end of the draft, Eifert could be an immediate player and contributor for the Texans and possibly push Garrett Graham to less snaps. Eifert can fit into the evolving world of tight ends in the NFL and give matchup problems to safeties and linebackers in the middle of the field.

If all of the top wide receivers are gone, Eifert could be a pick regarding the future for the Texans.



Jamar Taylor, Boise State

Jamar Taylor, Boise State

6. Jamar Taylor, Defensive Back, Boise State

Taylor has visited the Texans and should be an option for them if all of their potential offensive targets are gone. With Kareem Jackson coming up for a new contract, they could look to start finding insurance for the secondary. Taylor can play either cornerback or safety which could be vital in future seasons.

A definite playmaker, Taylor should not be overlooked, especially with his value that late in the draft.



Honorable Mention

Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee

One of our favorites and his stock has been slipping some, maybe enough to be there at #27 for the Texans to make a steal.


Kevin Minter, Inside Linebacker, LSU

A solid player and tackling machine, Minter could easily come in and fill a void next to starter Brian Cushing.

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