The last time the Texans drafted a receiver in the first round was 2003 when they selected Andre Johnson.

If the Texans have a receiver they believe is worth the 27th pick in Thursday night’s first round, Johnson hopes they take him.

“I’d like to have another (receiver),” Johnson said Saturday at his annual football camp for kids. “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.”

The Texans need a receiver to start opposite Johnson, who’s coming off one of his best seasons with 112 catches for 1,598 yards.

Kevin Walter, a starter for the last six seasons, was released for salary-cap reasons. DeVier Posey would have been the most likely candidate to replace Walter, but he might not be ready until midway through the season because he’s recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.


Upping the talent level

General manager Rick Smith said he’ll take the highest-rated player on the Texans’ board, and the first-round pick might not be a receiver. He selected two last season, Posey and Keshawn Martin.

“If we’re able to add another guy, it would probably be the best group of receivers we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Johnson said. “Adding another guy (to go with) Posey, Lestar (Jean) and Keshawn — that’s a lot of talent. Not only would it be good for now, but it would be good for our future.”

The last time the Texans used a first-round pick on an offensive player was 2008 when they selected tackle Duane Brown, who has developed into one of the NFL’s best at his position.

Even though Johnson and Brown were the last two offensive players drafted in the first round, the Texans sent seven offensive players to the Pro Bowl last season: Johnson, Brown, quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Arian Foster, tight end Owen Daniels, center Chris Myers and left guard Wade Smith.

“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.”