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Old 03-18-2013   #14
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3/18 Charlie Campbell mock:
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27. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Texans need an understudy to Andre Johnson and Hunter would be a great fit. He has good size plus enough speed to stretch the field. Hunter could continue to regain his speed and explosiveness while learning behind Johnson.

Hunter wasn't completely back to his old form in 2012, and yet he still was one of the better wide receivers in college football this season. Hunter was red hot late in the year with massive games against Troy and Missouri. He finished 2012 with 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns.

Hunter (6-4, 200) looked poised for a mammoth season in 2011, posting 16 receptions for 302 yards and two scores through the first two games. However against Florida, on a routine 12-yard catch early in the third game, he went down with a torn ACL following a leaping reception. It was a surprising injury as Hunter did not take a shot to the knee, or have another player fall into his leg in a manner that typically causes knee ligament tears.

Prior to the injury, Hunter looked like a truly rare receiver who is extremely tall but has the speed of a burner wide out. In a lot of ways his game resembled Randy Moss. Hunter had 16 receptions for 403 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2010.
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57. Houston Texans: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The Texans need a complement for Brian Cushing since their defense was really weak in the middle after he went down. They badly need to fortify the middle of the defense.

Minter (6-0, 246) was phenomenal in 2012. The junior was the most consistent player on the Tigers' defense, and that is saying something considering all the NFL talent on LSU's stop unit. Minter totaled 130 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, four sacks, five passes broken up, a forced fumble and an interception. He recorded 61 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 2011.

There is no doubt that Minter is an excellent run-defender. He attacks the line of scrimmage and is very tough about taking on blocks from offensive linemen. Additionally, Minter sheds blocks and is an excellent tackler. He covers a lot of ground with the speed to make tackles on stretch runs to the perimeter. Minter is very fast and explosive. He could be a sideline-to-sideline middle linebacker for a 4-3 NFL defense.

As for pass coverage, Minter is still improving. He gets good depth in his drops and shows the potential to play some man coverage. Minter can pick up backs out of the backfield and run with them. He is going to need to work on his ability to cover receiving tight ends in the passing-obsessed NFL. Minter certainly has the speed, but will need to work on his technique in running with them downfield. He is a good blitzer who can contribute to the pass rush, too.

Minter is fast and physical. He hits with authority and was a real difference-maker for the Tigers.
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89. Houston Texans: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
The Texans could use another tight end with Owen Daniels slowing down. Reed is a perfect fit in Houston's offense.

Reed played well for Florida and has some real play-making ability. He led them with 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. The Gators could have gotten more out of Reed, but sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel was inconsistent. Reed had a costly fumble inside the 10-yard line late in the fourth quarter in a close loss to Georgia.

The 6-foot-3, 236-pound Reed, a former quarterback, is still developing at tight end, and he should have returned for his senior season. Reed is a dangerous receiver, but needs to improve his blocking ability to be a three-down player. He caught 28 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns as sophomore in 2011. The redshirt junior has also been tutored by former Gators and current Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Reed caught only six passes for 79 yards and one touchdown in 2010, but that was because Florida had him playing other positions in the majority of his snaps. For instance, he played some spread-option quarterback and completed 26 of 46 passes for 252 yards. Reed also ran for 328 yards and five touchdowns.
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