Houston Texans: Reviewing Their 2012 NFL Draft

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Houston Texans: Reviewing Their 2012 NFL Draft
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The Houston Texans had their best season ever in 2011, finishing with a 10-6 record and earning their first playoff berth. They did that even without their best pass-rusher, Mario Williams, whose season ended early because of a torn pectoral.

That said, when Williams left for the Buffalo Bills as a free agent this offseason, it made pursuing another hybrid pass-rusher early in the 2012 NFL Draft something to truly consider. The Texans did exactly that, drafting Illinois’s Whitney Mercilus with their first-round draft pick.

The Texans had one of the best defenses last year with two talented young outside linebackers in Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin, so was Mercilus the right selection and did the Texans effectively draft the rest of the way? Read through the following slides to find out.

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