Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Pick 22 Houston Texans

Houston Texans- WR Corey Coleman (Baylor)

The Texans averaged 21.2 points per game last season which was tied for 21st in the league.  Houston was 18th in passing yards per game with a 240 per game average due in large part to Pro Bowl wideout Deandre Hopkins who had a fantastic season.  The quarterback carousel including Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, and Brandon Weeden did not help the cause in Houston.  Brock Osweiler was stolen away from Denver during free agency to be the franchise quarterback of the Texans and running back Lamar Miller was also signed to bolster the running game in place of Arian Foster.  Starting opposite Hopkins is 2nd year wideout Keith Mumphrey with Jaelen Strong and Cecil Shorts also in the mix as well.  Corey Coleman from Baylor is considered to be one of the elite playmakers in the 2016 draft with his blazing speed.  Coleman was awarded the Biletnikoff Award signifying the nation’s best college wide receiver in 2015.  He had 20 touchdown receptions on the season to go along with nearly 1,400 receiving yards in the pass happy Big 12 Conference.  As I mentioned, Coleman possesses the blazing off the ball type speed which so many NFL offenses desire to have a vertical threat to take the top off the defense.  He consistently beat every corner he faced in college and his speed translates to the pro game right away.  Coleman has been knocked for his lack of running multiple route combinations since Baylor’s offense was pretty simplified.  Texans head coach Bill O’Brien I’m sure would prefer Coleman develop into a more well-rounded NFL receiver as opposed to a one trick pony.  Coleman also had sports hernia surgery in December forcing him to miss the team’s bowl game so that will need to monitored as well concerning his recovery.  Lastly, Coleman will need to correct his drop ball as he had 10 of them in 2015 which is far too many for a first round talent.  The Texans have one of the best receivers in the league in Hopkins he just needs more playmakers around him so defenses can’t take him out of game so easily.  Coleman has his deficiencies, but at the end of the day his playmaking ability would do wonders for the Houston offense.

 

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