Houston Texans: Path to the Draft is Best Available Player?

As the 2012 NFL Draft nears, the consensus opinion is that wide receiver will be the position the Texans will focus on with their first round selection.

However, there are some who believe that the Texans will exercise the "best player available" draft philosophy. Rick Smith may deserve credit for using that mentality heading into the Draft. Results from the last draft seem to have proven that the strategy works.

The Texans may likley remain in the market for a top wide out to ease pressure off Andre Johnson.

A benefit of the 2012 Draft is that the wide-receiver class is so deep that quality talent can be found in the second round. Stephen Hill and Alshon Jeffery are both quality receivers and are expected to be available in the second round.

Houston may have an eye on draft depth, and perhaps at wide receiver, as the club is rumored to be interested in dealing their first round picks for an additional second rounder, and more.

Should Houston refrain from dealing the pick, and indeed select the best player available, there are some notable areas to target. The Texans may consider a middle linebacker to compete with Daryl Sharpton, more depth at outside linebacker to swap in the rotation with Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin, and perhaps a nose tackle.

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