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Andre Johnson asks the Texans to draft a wide receiver

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When we posted our Houston Texans draft needs today, we started at wide receiver. Andre Johnson agrees with that assessment.

Johnson told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that he’s been lobbying the front office to use the Texans’ first-round pick, No. 27 overall, on a wide receiver.

“I’d like to have another [receiver],” Johnson said. “I’m all for it. I’ve asked for it for awhile. The more weapons we have, the better it’ll be for the team.”

Johnson, who will turn 32 in July, is getting old by wide receiver standards. But he’s not showing many signs of age and is coming off a season in which he had a career-high 1,598 yards. But Johnson might become even more effective if he had another threat to draw some of the coverage away from him.

Of the top receivers in this year’s draft, Tavon Austin of West Virginia will surely be gone before the Texans are on the clock, and Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee probably will be, too. That leaves Justin Hunter of Tennessee, Keenan Allen of Cal, DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson and Robert Woods of USC as receivers the Texans could draft in the first round.

Johnson would love to work with any of them.

“If we draft a receiver, I’m going to help him as much as I can,” Johnson said. “I’ll answer any questions he has because I want him to perform well.”

A rookie receiver performing well on the opposite side of the field could be a great asset to Johnson.

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46 Responses to “Andre Johnson asks the Texans to draft a wide receiver”
  1. shartlos says: Apr 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    Stedman*, hate these autocorrects

  2. donterrelli says: Apr 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    I see them taking Stedman Bailey.

  3. stoolerz says: Apr 20, 2013 6:32 PM

    Johnson better teach Hopkins how to use a toilet if they draft him.

  4. jacunn2000 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:33 PM

    Not a Texan fan, but you gotta love Andre Johnson. Mike Irvin without the mouth.

  5. arrogantnation says: Apr 20, 2013 6:34 PM

    Robert Woods would be a great compliment to Andre.

  6. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Apr 20, 2013 6:37 PM

    Star WR’s don’t come much classier than Andre Johnson

  7. rickastleydancemoves says: Apr 20, 2013 6:39 PM

    It’s kind of sad a star receiver has to beg for help instead of getting offended the team took a receiver to eventually replace him. Andre Johnson has never played with a quality playmaking #2 receiver and Rick Smith deserves that blame. I except the Texans to do something stupid like trade back and take a right tackle, when there is an obvious glaring need at receiver.

  8. thesteelers says: Apr 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    The Texans should try winning something.

    We have six rings. Go ahead and count ’em.


  9. stonefish67 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:42 PM

    Normally, I say shut up and play.
    This guy is sharp and a great receiver.
    Great backfield.
    Now give him some help

  10. deathonwings410 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    Andre Johnson is a class act. He’s tough, catches everything and blocks. He’s the definition of a professional. It’s a shame the Texans have waited so long to give him some help.

  11. lightofkolob says: Apr 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    since they wont sign one

  12. FeartheFightinSnap says: Apr 20, 2013 6:49 PM

    and I’ll feed him I promise, walk him after school, clean up after him

  13. eatitfanboy says: Apr 20, 2013 6:54 PM

    I sure GMs love it when players talk publicly about who they want their team to draft.

    I mean what could it possibly hurt to have the teams drafting around you to know what your star player is asking for?

  14. hater79 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:54 PM

    Andre Johnson has consistently one of the best WR’s in the league, without mouthing off, without trying to be an insane showboat, and without offseason lockouts.


  15. blackngold4life says: Apr 20, 2013 6:57 PM

    Yeah..that dude needs help. The TE is nice but they need one more outside threat. That would even take some heat off Foster who to me is the best RB in the game and if he stays healthy would have a shot at Emmits record.

  16. justintuckrule says: Apr 20, 2013 6:57 PM

    They could have signed Cruz.

  17. apmn says: Apr 20, 2013 6:58 PM

    Hopkins is gonna bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘#2 receiver’.

  18. mrgrode says: Apr 20, 2013 7:01 PM

    one time I asked for an xbox for christmas. spoiler alert…I did not get it

  19. bramirez071193 says: Apr 20, 2013 7:01 PM

    If my texans don’t draft a wr in the 1st at least use that pick for a ilb because brady embarrassed the ones we have (excluding cush).

  20. psychoraider904 says: Apr 20, 2013 7:01 PM

    I realize he’s one of the great one’s, but, do your job and let the front office do theirs. Probably not the most popular opinion, but I can’t stand when players start suggesting who the team should draft. Even when it’s one of the best to play their position.

  21. dbones750 says: Apr 20, 2013 7:05 PM

    Stoolerz, that’s a nugget of gold

  22. dalucks says: Apr 20, 2013 7:07 PM

    I agree with Andre and most fans with the Texans drafting a WR but I disagree with drafting a WR with the #27th pick. There is not alot of difference between Keenan Allen, Justin Hunter, Robert Woods, Deandre Hopkins and Quinton Patton.
    Trading down into the early 2nd round to pick up an extra 3rd or 4th round pick would bring better value to the Texans. Allen, Woods, Hunter or Patton would still be available. I personally prefer Keenan Allen or Justin Hunter.
    The bigger issue which no one recognizes is that neither HC Gary Kubiak nor WR Coach Larry Kirksey have developed a WR in 7 years in Houston. Andre does not count because he was a top 5 pick before Kubiak arrived. At some point, the problem is not the student. It is time to evaluate the teacher.
    A #2 WR needs to produce 60 plus receptions, 800 or more yards with 7 or more touchdowns. Asking a rookie WR to put up those numbers for a playoff team is rare, for a Super Bowl team almost never happens a la Atlanta Falcons with Julio Jones three years ago. Especially for a rookie drafted outside of the top ten. There is not a Julio Jones type WR in this draft. Realistically, if the rookie WR has 40 receptions for 600 plus yards with 6 TDs then most fans will say he is a bust when fan expectations were too high.
    Signing a veteran WR might be a better option for the Texans as a #2 WR in 2013. If the Texans are serious about reaching the Super Bowl, a veteran WR might be a better option. Especially on a one year deal.
    A veteran WR could mentor the younger WR and help them more than Kubiak and Kirksey. Even a veteran like Randy Moss or Terrell Owens would be a bigger attribute than Larry Kirksey. Brandon Lloyd might be an idea candidate considering Ownes or Moss would intimidate Kubiak.
    Gary Kubiak is suppose to be a quarterback guru but no one can name a quarterback he has mentored.
    Like it or not, Kubiak is on the hot seat.

  23. redpillmindstate says: Apr 20, 2013 7:09 PM

    Matt Scab is a liability and you want a WR??? …. at this point its obvious that Scab is at best a top line back-up not a SB winner he is what is holding back this championship caliber squad …… Bench him bring in Vince Young ((no joking)) to start draft Hopkins in the first and hello SB … but we all know how this will go they will draft terrible and get knocked out of the playoffs by hungry Bengals team and they still will say Scab is the answer…lol

  24. seatownballers says: Apr 20, 2013 7:15 PM

    Saw that coming

  25. EJ says: Apr 20, 2013 7:18 PM

    Cordarrelle Patterson looks to be the type of Receiver that would compliment Johnson well. I’d say Austin, but he is too small and more of a slot Receiver. If they want Patterson, they’ll have to trade up into the top 10. Buffalo might be interested in trading up their #8 pick. They would almost surely get the Receiver they want then.

  26. davearnone says: Apr 20, 2013 7:27 PM

    I’d take the TE from ND, Tyler Eifert over any received available to them when they pick.

  27. stoutfiles says: Apr 20, 2013 7:31 PM

    Vince Young says he can play receiver.

  28. sirsupersouthern says: Apr 20, 2013 7:33 PM

    Wish the Texans could somehow get Tavon, that dude’s Electric Hater Shake is brilliant…

  29. omegaichiban says: Apr 20, 2013 7:40 PM

    And then sign…wait for it, T.O. Discuss amongst yourselves

  30. mackcarrington says: Apr 20, 2013 7:40 PM

    Terrell Owens thinks him and Johnson together would “Be dangerous”.

  31. egomaniac247 says: Apr 20, 2013 7:44 PM

    I think they took a WR in the 3rd & 4th round last year. I guess they’re ready to declare those picks busts already?

  32. texansfan81 says: Apr 20, 2013 7:59 PM


  33. themightyhoustontexans says: Apr 20, 2013 8:04 PM

    A 1st round wide receiver for what? Schaub to under throw or check down to Owen Daniels anyway?

  34. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Apr 20, 2013 8:19 PM

    Too little, too late!!! Andre Johnson is withering away on that team. They should ask the niners to trade for crab tree and maybe a 4th or 5th.. this would be the year if they did that, but noooo, they will draft his replacement and ask him to train the new guy. Why I’m not a fan of any Texas team, they eat what they feed the cattle down there…

  35. granadafan says: Apr 20, 2013 8:29 PM

    I became a big Andre Johnson fan when he destroyed that loudmouth Cortland Finnegan.

  36. nobandwagonridersallowed says: Apr 20, 2013 8:38 PM

    ‘Dre, is an absolute stud and has been ever since the days he wore #5 and dominated at the “U”… Big, Strong, Fast, Soft Hands, Physical and is a “Team” guy; what more can you ask for.

    If he puts up the kind of numbers he does now, imagine what he’d do with a real threat at the #2 receiver. I’m a Miami Dolphin fan, but I give props where they are due.

  37. si1m says: Apr 20, 2013 8:45 PM

    Fitzgerald asked AZ to draft a WR last year. Anyone know how’d that turn out? QBs make WRs, not vice versa.

  38. rushmatic says: Apr 20, 2013 8:54 PM

    Andre Johnson is such an asset to this organization where the scumbags get so much attention.

  39. therealpittbull says: Apr 20, 2013 8:57 PM

    There are only two receivers that fit The Texans style, Bailey and Woods. Only woods has the better big play ability.

  40. watermelon1 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:40 PM

    Drafting as low as they are doesn’t guarantee a contributor.

    I’d rather them sign Terrell Owens where at least you know he can get you 700 yards easy.

    He’ll probably be even cheaper than a 1st round pick.

    And you can still use they pick on a receiver and keep your fingers crossed that he pans out.

    But for crying out loud, they should be exploring all options at this point to get someone besides Andre!

    Even if it means trading for tebow and letting him play receiver.

  41. lombardiwinners2013 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:56 PM

    They don’t need another WR. They have Jacoby Jo—…. Oh wait, He plays for the SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS!!! HAHAHA

  42. egomaniac247 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:56 AM

    “Fitzgerald asked AZ to draft a WR last year. Anyone know how’d that turn out? QBs make WRs, not vice versa.”

    They had the worst QB roster in the league by far. Not fair to judge Michael Floyd by last year’s performance. Heck, Fitz was down to like 700 yards receiving himself.

  43. raiderlyfe510 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:50 AM

    Texans need a QB much more than a WR. Schaub is a game manager..nothing more…nothing less.

  44. dabkg says: Apr 21, 2013 8:03 PM

    I absolutely agree that a veteran #2 WR would be the better option for the Texans and give them a stronger SB possibility than a 1st round draft. Unfortunately with only 12.5 Million in cap space to start the offseason (I’m not sure where they’re at now with changes) it was virtually impossible for them to do so. Any veteran worth picking up for the #2 slot would cost more than they could afford while still filling in other holes.

  45. htown1035 says: Apr 24, 2013 3:51 PM

    watermelon1 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:40 PM

    Drafting as low as they are doesn’t guarantee a contributor.

    I’d rather them sign Terrell Owens where at least you know he can get you 700 yards easy.

    He’ll probably be even cheaper than a 1st round pick.

    And you can still use they pick on a receiver and keep your fingers crossed that he pans out.

    But for crying out loud, they should be exploring all options at this point to get someone besides Andre!

    Even if it means trading for tebow and letting him play receiver.


    Watermelon, you are now officially the stupidest poster I have ever seen in my life.

    Anyone who can squeeze in Terrell Owens AND Tim Tebow in the same post both as viable options for this team deserves that honor.

  46. riceroni says: Apr 24, 2013 10:14 PM

    In all honesty they already have another legit threat in DeVier Posey. Kid’s got 4.2 speed, really good hands, and run decent routs. They need to develop him and draft a beastly pass rush DT threat like Sharrif Floyd or Star Lotulelei. One of these guys along with J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith, not to mention having Brian Kushing back and a 100% Brooks Reed… WHOA!!! Defense could be scary good! Let alone the fact that they’ll now have veteran leadership in the secondary like Ed Reed which will make them very stingy.

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