Houston Texans: Jerel Worthy a Strong Candidate as the 26th Pick? [NFL Draft 2012]

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Houston Texans: Jerel Worthy a Strong Candidate as the 26th Pick? [NFL Draft 2012]

The Houston Texans may have an option in the first round that will be both unexpected and not exactly provocative.

The NFL Draft is almost a week away, and before we get into mock drafts, there is a decent chance that Houston will land a defensive tackle in the first round.

Jerel Worthy may be the "best player available" at the 26th pick should the Bears select Kendall Wright. Stephen Hill and Alshon Jeffery are wide receivers who will be in the mix, as well. Reuben Randle's stock may dropped him to a possible Second Round selection.

Based on value, which is how general manager Rick Smith is expected to approach the draft, Worthy would appear to be the best player on the board at No. 26.

Worthy, a bruiser out of Michigan St., stands at 6'2 and 308 pounds, and has the size to suit Wade Phillips. Worthy is capable of easily beating linemen and has a strong understanding of how to use his size. He is very quick and knows how to use his hands to get into the backfield.

Though the Texans need a wide receiver, they could also use a defensive tackle. Worthy doesn't fill a pressing need like a quality wide out would, but he is an acceptable pick at No. 26.

It may have been a stretch, based on value, to assume a suitable wide receiver would be available at No. 26. However, Hill or Jeffery remain solid options should they go unselected until the later part of the round.

Much is unclear, but a mock draft is coming soon.