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2016 NFL mock draft: Houston Texans land WR Corey Coleman

The position isn't a surprise with this pick in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft, but the player may be.

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It's evident that the Houston Texans need another wide receiver. This offseason they've struck with the additions of quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller. But beyond DeAndre Hopkins, the wide receiver corps is lacking. What better way to finish the rebuilding of the offense than with another weapon for Osweiler?

That's the direction that Brett Kollmann of Battle Red Blog goes with Houston's first pick in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft.

22. Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Kollman: Other than the nigh-unstoppable fades that DeAndre Hopkins seemed to catch on a weekly basis without breaking a sweat, the Texans had major issues with generating explosive plays in 2015. The addition of Lamar Miller at running back will go a long way toward fixing that problem, but Brock Osweiler still needs more explosiveness outside at wide receiver in order to be successful. Enter Corey Coleman, the speed merchant from Baylor that was on pace to score a whopping 32 touchdowns last year before a sports hernia severely hampered his production in the last month of the season. Between Coleman making opposing corners look silly with his ridiculous athleticism, Hopkins demanding consistent double coverage, and Miller having the potential to break a long run on any given play, this new-look Texans offense will never be short of explosive plays again.

Analysis: There are two ways to look at this pick. It's a whiff because Coleman is perhaps the third- or fourth-best wide receiver in the draft this year (despite being a good player). The other way is to say it's a success because he provides the offense with a distinctly different playing style compared to Hopkins. Even though I have higher grades on Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss and Josh Doctson of TCU, I tend to think the correct opinion is the latter one. Coleman can succeed in the short passing game or use his speed to beat defenders over the top. His game has natural flaws because of his size, but what he can provide Houston's offense is valuable.

Dan's Top 5 players remaining

  • 14. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
  • 15. Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
  • 17. Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
  • 19. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
  • 20. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Texans picks

  • 1-22: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
  • 2-52: (coming April 19)

We may be at the tipping point of a trend in the 10th annual SB Nation NFL writers mock draft. Find out if that's the case at noon ET with the Minnesota Vikings and Daily Norseman at pick No. 23.

Complete draft results:

1. Tennessee Titans - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (Link)
2. Cleveland Browns - Jared Goff, QB, Cal (Link)
3. San Diego Chargers - Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State (Link)
4. Dallas Cowboys - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (Link)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Myles Jack, LB, UCLA (Link)
6. Baltimore Ravens - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Link)
7. San Francisco 49ers - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon (Link)
8. Philadelphia Eagles - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (Link)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (Link)
10. New York Giants - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (Link)
11. Chicago Bears - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida (Link)
12. New Orleans Saints - A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (Link)
13. Miami Dolphins - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (Link)
14. Oakland Raiders - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Link)
15. Los Angeles Rams - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (Link)
16. Detroit Lions - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (Link)
17. Atlanta Falcons - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (Link)
18. Indianapolis Colts - Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama (Link)
19. Buffalo Bills - Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama (Link)
20. New York Jets - Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Link)
21. Washington - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor (Link)