Andre Johnson might be the greatest player in Houston Texans history to date (at least, until J.J. Watt puts a few more seasons on his CV, at any rate). A fantastic 12-year-run with Johnson in Houston is over, however; Johnson is now in Indianapolis, and the Texans are looking for upside across from new top receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Brett Kollmann of Battle Red Blog believes he's found a good fit in Houston's offense in our 2015 NFL mock draft.
51. Texans: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
Kollmann: If there is one thing the Texans offense has lacked for the last few years, it’s speed. Devin Smith may be small, his route tree may be limited, and there are some question marks about his character that will never go away, but the dude can flat out fly. There may not have been a better receiver in all of college football last year at catching the deep ball, which is an area where Houston has been sorely disappointing in recent memory. Smith’s natural ability to track, adjust to, and haul in deep shots should complement Ryan Mallett’s special arm talent very well.
Dan Kadar, SBNation.com: If for no other reason, this is a smart choice because there’s a pretty steep talent drop-off from Smith and the next set of wide receivers. Smith will make his name in the NFL as a deep ball threat. Really, he’s pretty similar to Torrey Smith of the San Francisco 49ers. He’s kind of a one-trick pony, but when that one trick works, it’s really good. Smith could also be utilized as a return man if they’re not happy with Keshawn Martin or Damaris Johnson.
Dan's Top 5 players remaining
- 30. Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
- 32. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
- 33. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
- 39. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
- 44. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
- 1-16: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
- 2-51: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
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