NFL Draft 2013: Teams That Must Draft a WR in the First Round
The 2013 NFL draft will see a multitude of offensive lineman and defenders taken in the first round but a few top-ranked wide receivers should be a hot commodity as well.
With a bunch of free-agent wide receivers on the move this offseason, the need for talented wideouts is glaring for certain NFL teams.
Which ones, you ask?
Let's take a look.
The Houston Texans are so desperate for a wide receiver that Andre Johnson is reportedly trying to recruit Chad Johnson, according to USA Today's Nate Davis.
After Johnson, the next-leading receiver in Houston was tight end Owen Daniels, who had 62 receptions for 716 yards and six touchdowns.
While Daniels' numbers were impressive, Houston needs more production on the outside and in the slot from a wide receiver.
Kevin Walter was the second-leading WR for the Texans, posting just 41 receptions for 518 yards and two touchdowns.
Houston owned the No. 11 passing offense in 2012—largely due to Johnson and the receiving abilities of running back Arian Foster—but the Texans' offense could be much more dynamic with another playmaking wideout alongside Andre Johnson.
The Pick: DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Aside from Harvin, tight end Kyle Rudolph was the main weapon in Minnesota's passing offense last season (53 receptions, 493 yards and nine touchdowns) while Michael Jenkins ranked second on the team in terms of wide receivers, with just 40 receptions for 449 yards and two touchdowns.
The Vikings sported a dismal 31st-ranked pass offense last season. While that's partly due to the video game-like performance of Adrian Peterson, it's no secret that Minnesota requires a wideout.
Jennings will take over the No. 1 reigns in Minnesota but he'll need some help in order to free up the coverage from opposing defenses.
The Pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
St. Louis Rams
Of all the teams out there that need a wide receiver, the St. Louis Rams are undoubtedly at the top of the list.
St. Louis had the No. 18 passing offense last season and Sam Bradford would largely benefit from the Rams drafting a dynamic wide receiver in the draft.
Now that Danny Amendola is a New England Patriot (via ESPN), St. Louis seriously lacks a playmaker in the receiving game.
Chris Givens now becomes the best receiving option for the Rams, meaning they desperately need help, and it's likely to come via the draft.
St. Louis has a slew of needs in the 2013 draft, but wide receiver is above and beyond the biggest one.
The Pick: Tavon Austin, West Virginia
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