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Blogger mock: Keenan Allen to Texans

4/23/2013

Before making my pick on behalf of the Houston Texans, I talked with Philadelphia about a trade. (Everyone did, Dan Graziano was dying to deal in to the bottom of the first but wouldn’t part with enough.)

I do think the Texans could look to trade down to a team wanting a quarterback before the needy teams come around again in the second round. Then Houston could get its receiver early in the second round instead of late in the first.

I didn’t get a good enough offer to move, so I stayed put and stayed with priority one: a receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson and help the Texans be less dependent on their No. 1 guy.

Keenan Allen has nice size and sufficient speed and quickness, and even if he doesn’t grow into Johnson’s successor, I believe Allen can be a quality No. 2 receiver. The question is how quickly?

Gary Kubiak and the staff will work hard to get him up to speed and he could do some things in their offense right from the start.

The draft so far:

1. KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. JAC: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

3. MIA: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Trade)

4. PHI: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

5. DET: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

6. CLE: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

7. ARI: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

8. BUF: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

9. NYJ: Barkevious Mingo, OLB-DE, LSU

10. TEN: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

11. SD: Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC

12. OAK: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (Trade)

13. NYJ: Tavon Austin, WR, WVU

14. CAR: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

15. NO: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

16. STL: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

17. PIT: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

18. DAL: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

19. NYG: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

20. CHI: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia

21. CIN: John Cyprien, S, FIU

22. STL: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

23. MIN: Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

24. IND: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

25. MIN: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

26. GB: Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia

27. HOU: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

Follow our draft as it continues to unfold, right here.