Texans Profiles: The UDFA
Very impressed with the Houston Texans draft class, the team did not stop after the draft getting some more work done. The Texans front office has put together what appears to be one of the more impressive undrafted rookie free agent groups we have seen in some time. The class is headlined with three players who in our estimation have real shots at making the Texans roster, and the reason why these three did not get drafted is still puzzling. Even still, this 2012 draft crop of rookies has the chance to be one of the deepest in Texans’ history.
The Texans have made a living with UDFAs making the active roster. In 2012 Brett Hartmann, Jeff Maehl and Bryan Braman all appeared for the team as UDFAs.
Click on the info button to find out who is who in this loaded UDFA class.
Quarterback, University of Houston [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_cody-white.jpg]2340Cody White
Offensive Tackle, Illinois State [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_d-j-bryant.jpg]2280D.J. Bryant
Defensive End, James Madison [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_johnathan-grimes.jpg]1900Johnathan Grimes
Runningback, William and Mary [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_eddie-pleasant.jpg]1910Eddie Pleasant
Safety, Oregon [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_mario-louis.jpg]1730Mario Louis
Wide Receiver, Grambling State [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_jason-ford.jpg]1490Jason Ford
Runningback, Illinois [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_hebron-fangupo.jpg]1460Hebron Fangupo
Nose Tackle, BYU [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_desmond-marrow.jpg]1330Desmond Marrow
Safety, Toledo [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_delano_johnson__2_.jpg]1520DeLano Johnson
Outside Linebacker, Bowie State [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_davin-meggett.jpg]1300Davin Meggett
Running Back, Maryland [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_shawn-loiseau.jpg]1450Shawn Loiseau
Inside Linebacker, Merrimack [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_rennie-moore.jpg]1300Rennie Moore
Defensive Tackle, Clemson [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_david-hunter.jpg]1270David Hunter
Defensive Tackle, University of Houston [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_dwight-jones.jpg]1240Dwight Jones
Wide Receiver, North Carolina [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_jerrell-jackson.jpg]1170Jerrell Jackson
Wide Receiver, Missourt [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_logan-brock.jpg]1250Logan Brock
Tight End, TCU [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_nate-menkin.jpg]1580Nate Menkin
Offensive Tackle, Mary Hardin-Baylor [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_tracy-robertson.jpg]1270Tracy Roberston, #13
Defensive End, Baylor [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_phillip-supernaw.jpg]1280Phillip Supernaw
Tight End, Ouachita Baptist [img src=http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/flagallery/texans-udfa/thumbs/thumbs_greg-williams.jpg]1190Greg Williams
Outside Linebacker, Pittsburgh
Here is the early UNCONFIRMED list
Case Keenum, Quarterback, Houston 6-0, 208 lbs.
One of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football, the Wylie, Texas native gets to stay in the town where he played his college football. Word came out late in the draft that Keenum could possibly be heading to Houston, and Keenum was the first player after the draft to receive a phone call from Head Coach Gary Kubiak. With 48 touchdowns thrown his Senior season for the Cougars, Keenum will have to show he has the makeup to not be the “system” quarterback at the NFL level. Keenum has a real shot making the Texans, and by adding him to the roster, he is the default 3rd quarterback on the roster.
Hebron Fangupo, Nose Tackle, BYU 6-1, 323 lbs.
If you have been following us here on the State of the Texans, you know how excited we are for this pick up on Fangupo. “Loni” finished his college career at BYU after three seasons at USC. The Texans have possibly found a backup nose tackle for the future. He looks to be a run plugger for the nose tackle position in the 3-4 scheme and could provide some much needed size in the middle of the defense. Fangupo will still have to work to make it happen when he gets to camp but, one of three true nose prospects in the draft, Fangupo is another steal of the UDFA class.
Dwight Jones, Wide Receiver, North Carolina 6-3, 226 lbs.
Considered a first round prospect coming into the draft, the free fall of Jones to undrafted status is interesting itself. A big bodied wide receiver whose biggest knock comes with effort in-game situations and not the “hands” receiver scouts like to see. His size fits the mold of Texans wide receivers and he does possess some skills when the ball is in the air. Jones is going to have to prove he can be a part of this team and with what looks like one spot open on the current depth chart, Jones has a realistic shot at making the Texans roster. Jones was talked to by the Texans at the Senior Bowl, as early reports indicated.
Jerrell Jackson, Wide Receiver, Missouri, 6-0, 181 lbs.
Appears to have good speed and ability, and looks like a slot wide receiver at the NFL level. Jackson has the quickness and straight line speed to cause issues in the middle of the field. Having a decent pair of hands, Jackson has what it takes to make the NFL and a roster. Jackson will have to come in and impress early to make the Texans’ roster.
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. He has shown some good progression between his junior and senior season and will have his chance to see if he can improve his playing style in Houston.
Jason Ford, Running Back, Illinois 5-10, 251 lbs.
A big bodied running back, Ford was listed at 235 lbs. at Illinois but his NFL draft page has him listed at 251 lbs. A touchdown machine for the Illini, Ford made 8 starts his Senior season and posted 600 yards on the ground, plus led the team in rushing touchdowns with seven. He finished his Illini career with 1,962 career rushing yards (15th all-time) and 26 rushing touchdowns.
D.J. Bryant, Defensive End, James Madison 6-3, 240 lbs.
With the build of a 3-4 defensive end, Bryant will be looking to make the Texans roster. At James Madison in 2011, Bryant had 43 tackles, including leading the team with 12 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks, adding two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. Also he was named First Team All-CAA as a defensive lineman.
Desmond Marrrow, Safety, Toledo 6-3, 210 lbs.
A physical specimen at 6’3″, the big corner has the skill set to make an NFL roster. He will take some time to develop as a player but, with his physical gifts, Marrow will be brought in to fight for a camp spot. Marrow was granted a sixth year of eligibility due to an injury hardship case. Marrow appeared in 13 games for Toledo as a senior and posted 83 total tackles with 3 interceptions and 18 pass deflections.
Logan Brock, Tight End, Texas Christian University 6-3, 260 lbs.
A teammate of Robert Griffin III at Copperas Cove, Texas, Brock brings the big body that Houston Texans like at the tight end position. Brock appeared in 52 games for the Horned Frogs and started 16 of those contests. He finished his career with 22 receptions and 126 yards with 3 touchdowns. It appears Brock’s true value lies in the fact that he might be the blocking tightend the Texans are looking for.
Rennie Moore, Defensive Tackle, Clemson 6-3, 248 lbs.
Appears to be another player brought in to compete at the defensive end position during camp. Moore had 13 starts in 46 games and posted 106 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 26 quarterback pressures, and two pass breakups. A workhorse for the Tigers defensive line in 2011 with 723 snaps in 14 games.
Johnathan Grimes, Running Back, William and Mary, 5-10, 201 lbs.
William and Mary’s all time leading rusher, Grimes is one of the more decorated players in the Tribe’s football history. Grimes also holds the school record for all-purpose yards, rushing attempts and kickoff return yards. The All-American looks like he could be a sleeper heading into camp.
Davin Meggett, Running Back, Maryland, 5-8, 211 lbs.
Son of former New York Giants running back Dave, and the Terrapins team captain for the past three seasons, Meggett shared time in the back field until his senior season. Meggett led the team in rushing with 922 yards and had 4 rushing touchdowns. He has also appeared in all 50 games of his Terrapin career.
Nate Menkin, Offensive Tackle, Mary Hardin-Baylor 6-5, 290 lbs.
The Lago Vista native comes from Division III, Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. Menkin did 39 reps of 225 lbs. and ran a 5.0 40 yard dash at the NFL Super Regional Combine, which he received an invite to Texans camp.
Shawn Loiseau, Inside Linebacker, Merrimack College 6-2, 240 lbs.
Loiseau becomes the first Merrimack College football player to ink an NFL deal, and Loiseau is a tackling machine. He posted 3 consecutive 100+ total tackle seasons and finished his career with 382 tackles, including 377 in his final three seasons. Loiseau was also named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year twice, being the first player from Merrimack to hold this honor. He is considered the most decorated student-athlete in Merrimack history.
Tracy Robertson, Defensive Line, Baylor 6-4, 280 lbs.
Another big body prospect, the Houston native returns to his hometown. A three-year starter for the Bears, Robertson started 27 of the 44 games he appeared. He played in 2012 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game and led the Bears in sacks his senior season with 5.5
Delano Johnson, Outside Linebacker, Bowie State 6-4, 262 lbs.
Nicknamed “Big Lo” he is certainly that at 6-4 and 262 lbs., and has the build for the prototypical outside linebacker. In 2010, he blocked 7 kicks in one season and was invited to the 2012 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game. Considered by his teammates and coaches as a compassionate and enthusiastic player.
Cody White, Offensive Tackle, Illinois State 6-5, 315 lbs.
The former tightend, White made the transition to tackle his junior season and went to play 22 straight games at both tackle positions. He finished his senior season at left tackle, starting 11 games, garnering him Honorable Mention in the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Texans once again look at lineman who have a tightend background.
David Hunter, Defensive Tackle, Houston, 6-2, 297 lbs.
A Waller, TX native, Hunter is another Houston Cougar getting the invite to Texans camp. At Houston, he appeared in 51 games in 4 seasons and posted 160 total tackles with 22.5 tackles for loss.
Eddie Pleasant, Safety, Oregon, 5-11, 210 lbs.
All Pac-12 first team and was named the Ducks most inspirational player in 2011. Appeared in 51 games for the Ducks and posted 196 total tackles with 20 pass deflections and 7.5 sacks. He also chipped in with 4 career interceptions with 4 of those coming his senior season.
Phillip Supernaw, TE, Ouachita Baptist, 6-4 242 lbs.
Supernaw has 22 receptions for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Tigers in 2011. The Katy, Texas native returns to his home state to continue his football career. Here is an interview with Supernaw.
Greg Williams, LB, Pittsburgh, 6-3 240 lbs.
Originally a Sam linebacker, he was moved to the “Panther” position in 2011 as a rush outside linebacker. His first cousin is Edgerrin James (Former NFL Running Back) and is the nephew of Albert Bentley (Former NFL Running Back). During his senior season for the Panthers, Williams had 48 total tackles with 2 sacks. He did lead the team in quarterback hits with 11 and was initially brought to Pittsburgh to be a running back.