Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 4/25/12
HOUSTON Initially, the Texans draft strategy appeared cut-and-dried. Franchise icon receiver Andre Johnson missed nine games last season, marking the second time in five years that Johnson participated in fewer than 10 games. The Texans were devoid of his leadership, and of greater importance, his production. Their offense was hamstrung without Johnson, whose injury history (Johnson has started 16 games in five of nine seasons) and standing on the wrong side of 30 seemingly solidified a primary position of need for the Texans relative to the 2012 NFL Draft. Then the Texans released stalwart right tackle Eric Winston as a salary dump, and lost right guard Mike Brisiel (Raiders) and outside linebacker Mario Williams (Bills) in free agency. What once was clear became opaque, and the Texans presumed draft focus on a premiere receiver to complement and eventually succeed Johnson shifted to include an offensive lineman that could compete for playing time, and an edge rusher to bolster ...
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