The Texans Need to Draft on Offense and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistFebruary 15, 2013

Mercilus had a nice rookie year, but he can't play receiver.
Mercilus had a nice rookie year, but he can't play receiver.Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Gary Kubiak is an offensive coach, but he's been loading up on the defensive side of the ball.

Today's article of the day comes from Battle Red Blog and examines whether the Texans have been paying too much attention to the defensive side of the ball to the exclusion of the offense.

It's no secret the Texans have been searching for a complement to Andre Johnson, but they have stopped short of investing in the wideout position with a first-day pick in the draft.

The article effectively argues that Houston's needs on the offensive side of the ball have become glaring at several positions. So much talk has gone into what may or may not be wrong with Matt Schaub, that simpler explanations like bad protection and inadequate receivers get overlooked.

There's no question that the offense sputtered down the stretch in 2012, but of course, so did the defense. The Texans moved the ball effectively in a loss to the Patriots but never came close to shutting down Tom Brady and company.

While I agree the biggest need Houston has is for a second receiver, I'd stop short of calling a selection of a defender a mistake. Needs don't always line up with the best player available, and if there's an attractive defender, especially in the secondary, on the board, Rick Smith would be unwise to pass him up.

All things being equal, however, fans should be rooting for a pass catcher in Round 1. Johnson won't be an All Pro forever.



General Interest

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has an interesting idea about trading cap space.

Chase Stuart of Pro Football Focus looks more at the predictive value of target data.

Tom Gower of has an insider piece on needs in the division. Paul Kuharsky gives you a peek.



Indianapolis Colts

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star profiles Donnie Avery.



Tennessee Titans

Tom Gower of Total Titans looks at guards on the roster.



Jacksonville Jaguars

Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country has thoughts on Jason Babin's role in the new Jaguars defense.