April 17, 2014

Texans Start Bringing in Prospects

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The Houston Texans closing in on the NFL Draft are bringing in potential draft picks for some workouts. The news on players who are coming to visit Reliant is slowly trickling in and we will update the players who will be visiting leading up to the Draft in April.

Majority of the players look like they could be late round draft picks or undrafted free agents invited to camp, and these guys are players who should not be overlooked. The Texans have done a good job on finding talent outside of the draft when it comes to undrafted players.  

 

The List

Kelcie McCray, Arkansas State, Strong Safety, 6’2″ 202 lbs.

Another Arkansas State player, the Texans drafted Derek Newton in 2011 from the same school, McCray was an NFL Combine participant. He ran a 4.54 40-yard dash to open scouts’ eyes, and for his size McCray possesses the frame for the next level. 1st team all Sun-Belt selection, McCray started every game for the Red Wolves since his sophomore season. (Source: Joe Everett, Rookie Draft.com)

Tavon Wilson, Illinois, Cornerback, 5’11″ 206 lbs.

Named the Illini’s outstanding defensive back for the 2010 season, and was named honorable mention All-Big Ten his junior and senior seasons. Wilson has played both cornerback and safety at the college level and proved to be a tackling machine from the secondary. He finished his senior season with 81 total tackles and it proved to be his best season of his college career. (Source: Aaron Wilson, Scout.com)

 

 

Kendall Wright, Baylor, Wide Receiver, 5’10″ 196 lbs.

Word from Baylor Pro day is that the Houston Texans’ brass was spending the majority of their time talking to Wright by himself in Waco. Head Coach Gary Kubiak has made it known that he likes Wright as a playmaker. Wright did not light it up during the combine, but he did make up for it with a solid Pro Day. He has not been scheduled for a visit. (Source: Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com)

 

E.J. Nduka, Sam Houston State, Outside Linebacker, 6’4″ 240 lbs.

According to NFL Draft Bible, Nduka was taken aside by the Texans at his pro day. He did not light up the stat sheet at Sam Houston State, but seems like raw ability might be what the Texans like. (Source: NFL Draft Bible)

 

Mario Louis, Wide Receiver, Grambling State,  6’0″,  190 lbs.

His Senior season for Grambling he had 51 catches for 1,129 yards and 18 touchdowns. This past season was his breakout season.  His Junior year, Louis had 16 receptions for 284 yards and only one touchdown. (Source:  Joe Everett, Rookie Draft.com)

 

Ron Brooks, Defensive Back, LSU, 5’10″ 190 lbs.

One of the more interesting prospects coming out in the draft this season, Brooks only started 3 games for the Tigers in the 52 he appeared in. Brooks in a serious playmaker and could be a big addition to any team. He has a visit lined up with the Texans in the coming weeks. Brooks Scouting Report. (Source: Aaron Wilson, Scout.com)

 

Jeremy Lane, Defensive Back, Northwestern State, 6’0″ 175 lbs.

Tyler, Texas native Jeremy Lane has a scheduled meeting with the Texans in Houston on April 1st. You can see the full article here on Lane at NFLMocks.com. (Source: Joe Owens, NFL Mocks.com)

 

Derek Wolfe, Defensive Tackle, Cincinnati, 6’5″ 295 lbs.

Wolfe, who is a big specimen, looks like he could be the prototypical defensive end in the 3-4.  At 6’5″ and 295 lbs., he looks like a 3rd day prospect or a camp invitee.  (Source: NFL Draft Bible)

 

Lionel Smith, Cornerback, Texas A&M, 6’0″, 193 lbs.

Running a 4.41 40-yard dash put Smith on the map. A backup majority of his time for the Aggies, it will be interesting what the Texans are thinking of him.  (Source: Jason Braddock per Pro Football Talk)

 

Geroge Iloka, Safety, Boise State, 6’3″ 213 lbs.

An Athlon Sports Preseason All-America Second Team player and Senior Bowl invite, Iloka has been labeled too slow for a safety position but too small for a linebacker. With his good size and coming from a big time college program, the Texans see something in Iloka that they like.  (Source: Jason Braddock per Pro Football Talk)

 

Ronnie Cameron, Defensive Lineman, Old Dominion, 6’2″ 295 lbs.

Started at Hofstra, transferred to Old Dominion after his junior year and turned into an All-American for the Monarchs. In two seasons for the Monarchs, he racked up 145 total tackles from the defensive tackle position. (Source: Jason Braddock per Pro Football Talk)

 

Randy Bullock, Kicker, Texas A&M, 5’9″ 212 lbs.

Considered the premier kicker coming out of college football (Lou Groza Award Winner) and also from Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s Alma Mater, this could possibly be a fit for the young kicker, especially with no signed kicker on the active roster.  (Source: Jason Braddock per Pro Football Talk)

 

Mychal Kendricks, Linebacker, California, 6’0″ 240 lbs.

A true athletic linebacker who is considered a real hitter from the inside. Has creeped up draft boards for his overall versatility and fit into 3-4 schemes as an inside linebacker. He has a visit set up with the Texans at Reliant. ((Source: Aaron Wilson, Scout.com)

 

Donnie Fletcher, Cornerback, Boston College, 6’1″ 195 lbs.

One of the top senior defensive backs in the draft, the Senior Bowl invite impressed in Mobile. Fletcher looks to be a second or third day selection, who could use some time to develop at the next level. (Source: NFL Draft Insider)

Marrow in the Texans Game room

 

Desmond Marrow, Cornerback, Toledo, 6’3″ 210 lbs.

A physical specimen at 6’3″, the big corner has the skill set to make a NFL roster. He will take some time to develop as a player, but with his gifts you could see Marrow as a UDFA brought in to fight for a camp spot. (Source: From Marrow’s Twitter Account)

Bruce Irvin, Outside Linebacker, West Virginia, 6’3″ 245 lbs.

A defensive end who looks to make the transition to the outside linebacker position at the NFL level, Irvin looks to be a hot commodity and could easily be a day 2 prospect. He has at least 12 teams on his visit list and the Texans are one of them. Considered a pass rush specialist in college, look for Irvin to do the same in the NFL. (Source: National Football Post)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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