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  • #61
    Texans report on 20 UDFAs now,

    So I grayed-out guys reported signed that aren't today.

    Could be medical, could be tryouts, could be something else... but his agency thought he was coming here an hour ago, so...?
    In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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    • #62
      Scouting the college free agents

      John Harris/Texans Analyst
      The Texans rookies are finally in the building and their NFL careers begin this weekend with the annual rookie minicamp. We’ve discussed many of the seven drafted players but we haven't addressed the undrafted signees and tryout players.

      Each year, without fail, an undrafted player or two, makes his way onto the 53 man roster. Now, not every undrafted player becomes Arian Foster, but the impact of undrafted players was certainly felt last year, in particular.

      Who that will be in the Class of 2017, no one knows for sure, but he’ll begin his Texans career this weekend. Tight end Stephen Anderson was the guy I had circled last year from jump and center Greg Mancz the year before him, so my track record on undrafted prognostication is respectable. Here are my candidates this year and some guys you’ll want to keep an eye on this spring/summer.

      UCF safety T.J. Mutcherson
      He was the first guy that popped off the page when I saw his name. I remembered him from his days at Iowa State. He transferred closer to home (Tampa, Florida) and was the leader of a talented secondary at UCF (one draftee and three others signed free agent contracts). At 5-10, 197 lb., he’s fearless attacking the football and tackles well in space. Heck, he tackles anything that moves and flashed his athleticism and strength at his Pro Day. He ran 4.59 in the 40-yard dash, posted 20 reps of 225 (would’ve tied for the top mark at the Combine had he been invited) and registered a 34.5-inch vertical jump.

      Iowa wide receiver Riley McCarron
      Pro Day was certainly important for former Iowa walk-on receiver/returner Riley McCarron. The fifth-year senior led the Hawkeyes in receptions with 42 after only having eight in his CAREER to that point. He had more kickoff and punt returns than receptions, but a strong senior campaign and a 4.36 40-yard dash at his Pro Day made scouts take notice of the 5-9, 186 lb. speedster.

      Illinois wide receiver Justin Hardee
      Illinois receiver Justin Hardee had 25 catches, averaging nearly 13 yards per catch at Illinois, second on the squad. Those numbers weren’t going to get much attention from scouts, but a 4.37 40-yard dash will and did. He ran that at his Illinois Pro Day and aced his workout, which got him plenty of attention throughout the NFL.

      TCU wide receiver Deante Gray
      Gray was known for his blazing speed throughout his time playing in the Big 12. The 5-8, 185 lb. offensive weapon posted in the mid-to-high 4.3 range at his Pro Day. He was on the TCU track and field squad, competing in the sprints, obviously. He posted a 10.44 in the 100-meters at the Texas State track and field meet in high school.

      Eastern Washington wide receiver Shaq Hill
      Hill was injured in 2015 and overshadowed throughout his career by Cooper Kupp and Kendrick Bourne, but the slot/return candidate posted a 4.41 at his Pro Day as well. Consider the fact that Hill’s 4.41 was the slowest of the receivers; that’s some impressive speed, to say the least.

      East Carolina outside linebacker Dayon Pratt
      He is a long, rangy physical player, who arrived in Greenville, NC as a 6-4, 195 lb. linebacker. He left ECU as a 237-lb passionate edge player with a ton of upside. He led the Pirates in sacks and tackles for a loss in 2016. He was a monster on special teams throughout his career and that's certainly going to be part of his overall repertoire here in Houston.

      Temple inside linebacker Avery Williams
      Williams will hit anything that moves. He is a compact 5-10, 224 lb., which isn’t classic size for a linebacker, but he’s tough as can be and will strike… hard.

      Missouri State linebacker Dylan Cole
      One of the players that intrigued the most in the undrafted class was Missouri State linebacker Dylan Cole. Near the end of the draft, I perused the linebackers that hadn’t been drafted and couldn’t believe that his name was still on the list. He was a consensus 1st-team FCS All-American after leading the nation in tackles per game (12.9) and solo tackles per game (7.7). He lit up his Pro Day. The 6-1, 240 lb. linebacker threw up 225-lb 32 times on the bench, posted a 39-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash.

      Stephen F. Austin tight end Zach Conque
      After playing for his dad, Clint, at Stephen F. Austin, Conque will make the transition from quarterback to tight end. At 6-5, 232 lb. with 4.55 speed in the 40-yard dash, it’s not a far fetched idea. He’s highly athletic and skilled with the ball in his hands. He’ll have to adjust to running routes and getting separation, but if he can do that, he could be an unearthed gem.

      Indiana tackle Dimitric Camiel
      Camiel missed most of his 2016 season with an injury but started 20 games at tackle in the Big Ten. Without the injury, I’m fairly convinced that Camiel would’ve heard his name called. The 6-7, 310 lb. Houstonian (Westfield HS) returns home to compete for a spot on this roster. Now, there isn’t much we’ll be able to gauge about the linemen during this “passing camp” as Coach O’Brien calls it, but Camiel will get the opportunity to move around a bit on the field for the first time since early 2016.

      Those are just a few players to keep tabs on throughout the remainder of the offseason and on into training camp.
      In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by cuppacoffee View Post


        Great that he has fully recovered.

        Sounds like a motivated football player, determined to do whatever necessary to stay on the field.

        I hope this is his breakout year..
        I think if they are smart they let him do some QB work if hes 100% he could be a ( hey) look what we found Player at QB for us . He should have a good grasp of the O as well ! Leave no Stone un-turned at QB with our History !!!

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        • #64
          Originally posted by methos838 View Post

          I think if they are smart they let him do some QB work if hes 100% he could be a ( hey) look what we found Player at QB for us . He should have a good grasp of the O as well ! Leave no Stone un-turned at QB with our History !!!
          I think Lechler is safe from having to throw the ball ever again.
          I can see a few wildcats in the cards this season.
          1. Reddick LB 2. Peterman QB 3. Garcia T 4a. Justin Evans S 4b. Donta Foreman 5. Jarron Jones DL 7. Marquez White CB

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          • #65
            Originally posted by aussiedave View Post

            I think Lechler is safe from having to throw the ball ever again.
            I can see a few wildcats in the cards this season.
            Hey why not ? Braxton was a pretty good QB prospect a Duel threat guy with a decent skill set . OB has done good things with less talented QBs like that guy from last season . OB is not doing his job if he doesn't take a look at him at QB imho . Lechler just needs to punt and nothing more you are correct my friend LOL

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            • #66
              patrick@PatDStat
              Rookie Mini-camp tryout Bryce Jones (CB) will sign with the #Texans. #Akron



              Pro Day Results
              Dates: 03/24/17
              Height: 5113
              Weight: 181
              40 Yrd Dash: 4.67
              20 Yrd Dash: 2.64
              10 Yrd Dash: 1.61
              225 Lb. Bench Reps: 13
              Vertical Jump: 34
              Broad Jump: 10'03"
              20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.30
              3-Cone Drill: 7.06
              In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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              • #67
                I see a speed and weight issue, mainly speed. 4.67...

                Any news about the RB from Wisconsin that was said to have been signed by the Texans but now it shows that he was not signed and hasn't signed with a different team either?
                JJ Watt & Co ready to destroy

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by Matt_in_KW View Post
                  Any news about the RB from Wisconsin that was said to have been signed by the Texans but now it shows that he was not signed and hasn't signed with a different team either?
                  Dare Ogunbowale was here but did not practice at rookie minicamp on media day.

                  Not sure why or what his status is, but got impression from his agent that he's here for a reason.
                  In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by H2O4me View Post

                    Dare Ogunbowale was here but did not practice at rookie minicamp on media day.

                    Not sure why or what his status is, but got impression from his agent that he's here for a reason.
                    I read that he signed and then on FanSided they had an article about him. It said that he was not signed and he has not signed with anyone else. The article said that "perhaps he decided to pursue another career" seeing that was the only thing that the writer of the article could assume he has done considering he was a hot pickup and then vanished
                    JJ Watt & Co ready to destroy

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                    • #70



                      Pro Day Results
                      Dates: 03/28/17
                      Height: 5111
                      Weight: 171
                      40 Yrd Dash: 4.48
                      20 Yrd Dash: 2.63
                      10 Yrd Dash: 1.48
                      225 Lb. Bench Reps: 06
                      Vertical Jump: 34 1/2
                      Broad Jump: 10'01"
                      20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.25
                      3-Cone Drill: 7.00
                      At Florida, Thompson appeared in 11 games in 2016 and played wide receiver, kick returner, gunner on special teams and emergency defensive back. Thompson in 2016 had 13 kick returns for 283 yards, and 7 total tackles with a forced fumble. Thompson was used in multiple roles for the Gators and now that versatility will give him a shot with the Texans, something Bill O’Brien and the coaching staff covet with their players.
                      Last edited by H2O4me; 1 week ago.
                      In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                      • #71
                        That's a nice 10 yard split! Weak upper body, though.

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                        • #72
                          First, a warm Houston welcome to Chris Thompson. Best of luck as you go through camp, and I hope that you make the team. We could use some explosive special teams play.

                          But second and separately, do we really need an individual welcome thread for every UDFA signing?

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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by Will 51 View Post
                            But second and separately, do we really need an individual welcome thread for every UDFA signing?
                            Probably not, I'll ask the Mods to clean some up.
                            In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                            • #74
                              The survivors(check for mistakes/omissions please)...

                              Dylan Cole, LB, Missouri State
                              Eli Ankou, DT, UCLA
                              Malik Smith, CB, San Diego State
                              Justin Hardee, WR, Illinois
                              Avery Williams, LB, Temple
                              Deante Gray, WR. TCU
                              Dayon Pratt, LB, East Carolina
                              Matt Godin, DL, Michigan
                              Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Wisconsin
                              Riley McCarron, WR, Iowa
                              Zach Conque, TE(QB), SFA
                              Shaq Hill, WR, E. Washington
                              Jake Simonich, OL, Utah State
                              T.J. Daniel, DE, Oregon
                              Daniel Ross, DL, N.E. Mississippi
                              Dee Virgin, DB, West Alabama
                              Rickey Hatley, DE, Missouri
                              Evan Baylis, TE, Oregon
                              Gimel President, OLB, Illinois


                              Tryouts

                              Chris Thompson, WR, Florida
                              Bryce Jones, CB, Akron
                              In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
                                The survivors(check for mistakes/omissions please)...

                                I think I saw that Bryce Jones was given a Contract, but I can't remember where I saw it.



                                "Aaron Wilson @AaronWilson_NFL

                                Texans cut Dimitric Camiel, Kenny Hilliard, T.J. Mutcherson, Tevin Jones,

                                signing Bryce Jones, Dare Ogunbowale and Chris Thompson"


                                Last edited by Marshall; 1 week ago.
                                https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M...0&h=300Adopter of #98 D. J. Reader

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