Andre Johnson is one of the premier receivers in the NFL.
In a 10-year career, the Houston Texan has made six Pro Bowls and caught 818 passes for 11,254 yards and 56 touchdowns, but Johnson, who turns 32 in July, needs help. Badly.
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TEXANS’ DRAFT NEEDS
1. Wide receiver: Nobody in the group of Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin and Jeff Maehl is a No. 2 receiver. And DeVier Posey, a third-rounder from Ohio State last year, has a torn Achilles’ tendon. So this looks like a good place to start.
Possible picks: DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson), Robert Woods (USC), Justin Hunter (Tennessee), Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), Keenan Allen (Cal)
2. Offensive line: The retooled group did well last year, but RT Derek Newton, a seventh-rounder in 2011, is a work in progress and right guard could be a bit of a concern.
Possible 2nd-round picks: Terron Armstead (Ark.-Pine Bluff T), Larry Warford (Kentucky G), Brian Winters (Kent State G)
3. Linebacker: ILB Brian Cushing’s ACL tear last season in Week 5 really hurt the defense. He’s back, but will he be 100 percent? Or the Texans might search for an upgrade for Darryl Sharpton or Brooks Reed.
Possible 3rd-round picks: Khaseem Greene (Rutgers), John Simon (Ohio State), Jon Bostic (Florida), A.J. Klein (Iowa State)
Texans’ draft picks
Round 1, pick 27
Round 2, pick 57
Round 3, pick 89
Round 3, pick 95
Round 4, pick 124
Round 5, pick 160
Round 6, pick 195
Round 6, pick 201
Round 7, pick 233