Andre Johnson needs a complement in Houston, and the Texans are apparently convinced Robert Woods is the guy.
Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net reported the team is extremely interesting the USC Trojans wideout:
Several people have told me the Houston Texans will consider USC receiver Robert Woods in the first round.
Johnson is one of the best wide receivers in the league. But looking at what the Texans have after him, the cupboard is pretty bare. That allows opposing defenses to blanket the star wideout much more so than they normally would be able to if Houston had a solid second option.
The second leading receiver on the Texans was tight end Owen Daniels; Kevin Walter was third on the team. The team can't hope to get any further in the playoffs with Walter as the secondary receiver.
That's why selecting Woods is thought to be the best plan of attack. Tavon Austin is going to be off the board, so the Texans probably aren't even considering him. It's interesting the organization values him higher than the likes of Justin Hunter, Cordarrelle Patterson, DeAndre Hopkins and Keenan Allen. All of those guys could potentially be available when the Texans pick at No. 27.
Is Robert Woods a smart choice for the Texans?
Woods had fallen out of the first round on many experts' boards in recent months, but then he put in a solid pro day. Gil Brandt of NFL.com even went so far as to say Woods was the "star." Following that pro day, and a good enough showing at the combine, it will be hard to see him go much further than the early second round if Houston doesn't draft him.
Woods isn't a tremendous athlete, which is one of the knocks on him. He ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash. That's not top-end speed, but it's more than enough to create some space between himself and defenders. Woods has the agility to more than make up for his lack of blinding speed.
One of the more polished receivers in the draft, Woods is a very good route-runner. He has great footwork and can make very crisp cuts.
With his hands, he can make any catch that's in his area, and if need be, he can position his body to adjust to poor throws.
By already having a star like Johnson, the Texans have the luxury to draft the kind of receiver that isn't necessarily going to be a star, but rather a dependable pass-catcher. That's exactly what Woods should be.