2011 NFL Mock Draft: Will Houston Texans Take Prince Amukamara or Robert Quinn?

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IApril 13, 2011

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Prince Amukamara #21 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers misses a chance at an interception from Scotty McKnight #21 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half of their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Colorado 45-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Last season, the Houston Texans ranked fourth in the National Football League in pass offense, averaging 259 yards a game through the air, and had the league's leading rusher in Arian Foster, who helped them rank seventh on the ground with 127.6 yards a game.

However, their suspect defense, led by superstar defensive end Mario Williams and second-year linebacker Brian Cushing, couldn't earn the Texans their first playoff berth in franchise history.

With Wade Phillips joining Gary Kubiak as the new defensive coordinator, he will bring his 3-4 front with him that made him so successful in his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys.

However, the Texans' secondary is weak, and they lack a true pass rusher that is needed to operate a potent 3-4 defensive scheme.

With the No. 11 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, it is pretty much a consensus around the league that the Texans will address the defensive side of the ball, but will that pick be Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara or North Carolina pass rusher Robert Quinn?

Amukamara is one of the best cornerbacks in the draft and is believed to be better in man-to-man coverage than Louisiana State's Patrick Peterson. At Nebraska, Amukamara racked up 155 tackles and five interceptions while breaking up 27 passes.

He was often left alone, man to man, with no help from a safety, and proved he could match up with the best receivers in the Big 12 conference.

If the Texans were to team Amukamara up with Kareem Jackson and Glover Quin, Jr., they could have a pretty solid secondary that would be able to match up well with the receivers on the Indianapolis Colts that they struggle against twice a year.

Quinn may also be there at the No. 11 slot when Houston is on the clock, and it will be difficult to choose between either prospect.

Quinn missed North Carolina's entire 2010 season due to being suspended for receiving improper benefits from agents, but he is still regarded as one of the top pass rushers in this year's draft class.

Despite playing just two years for the Tarheels, Quinn managed to make 86 tackles and record 13 sacks (11 in 2009) while forcing four fumbles.

At 6'4" and 265 pounds, Quinn could be a sexy option for Wade Phillips, who saw so much success from DeMarcus Ware in Dallas.