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Texans Sign Eight Undrafted Free Agents

The Texans have reportedly signed 8 undrafted free agents since the end of the 2008 NFL Draft. These 8 players were undoubtedly picked up to add to what HC Gary Kubiak said he wants out of his new players: to better his starters with better a practice team. Thus, look to see if these guys can take the leap from practice field to Reliant Stadium.

1) ILB Ben Moffitt, South Florida: Moffitt played well inside for South Florida while making highlight plays look easy. He was instinctive with the movement and abilities to make stops after reading plays. He tackled well, but he lacked the quickness of direction that most inside linebackers need in the NFL. At South Florida, he was once recognized for his character. Moffitt was a faith-filled man and a married father of five years before his marriage fell apart and his wife filed for divorce early this year. At USF, he travelled nearly 60 miles a day from school to his family while having his wife complete his essays and online courses. Now, school’s out and he’s out of the cheating scandal at USF. So it’s up to him to make an impact for the Texans if he can keep his head straight and stick to playing football.

2) WR Ryan Grice-Mullins, Hawaii: This slot receiver let down Hawaii fans when he declared for the draft after his junior season. Grice-Mullins led the Warriors in receiving in 2007 with 1,372 yards. Check out his highlights here. Generally, Hawaii players that enter the draft have little experience against high level competition, but after researching Grice-Mullins I have a feeling he’ll make the practice team and the Texans’ game day squad sometime in 2008. The FootballExpert.com held him as a middle round pick, and as I see it, the Texans got lucky picking up a talent like Grice-Mullins after the draft.

3) WLB Marcus Richardson, Troy State. At Troy’s Pro Day, Richardson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds and measured a 36-inch vertical jump, a 9’10” broad jump while benching 225-pounds 22 times. At 6’3″ and 225lbs, this athletic linebacker seemed to be a sure-fire seventh round draft pick, and it looks again like the Texans got lucky picking up a talent after the draft who can better the team.

4) TE Cole Bennett, Auburn. The Auburner reported in 2006 that Bennett graduated early and was looking forward to graduate school to start his Masters in MIS. Here’s a video of Bennett talking about his upcoming opponent, South Florida. Bennett broke his ankle in 2006 after playing three games, but he returned in his senior season as a full time starter totaling 11 receptions and 108 receiving yards. SI reported that Bennett is a high-character prospect that plays with intelligence. He can fit in on a roster with three tight ends.

5) CB Josh Bell, Baylor. 6′ & 170lbs. Bell was invited and attended the Dallas Cowboys’ annual Dallas Day on April 11. Bell was one of three Baylor Bears to sign pro contracts after the draft. According to KWTX.com, Bell earned Baylor’s best defensive skill player award for his performance as a senior in 2007.

6) WR Darnell Jenkins, Miami. At the U, Jenkins filled the roles of Roscoe Parrish and Sinorice Moss. CSTV reported that his speed and good hands earned him a spot in the wide receiver rotation as a true freshman where he then gained experience as a possession receiver and also as a kick returner. Here’s a YouTube highlight video of Jenkins’ at Miami making spectacular catches and burning corners and defenses.

7) DE Jesse Nading, Colorado State. Nading had a great senior season for Colorado State. His college career was capped off with an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. At the game, Nading, according to NFLDraftWatch.com, was “very active. He found his way to the ball a lot and made a few nice tackles. One of the better showings on the West defense.” Nading had a much better and bigger game than the highly athletic TCU DE Tommy Blake, who went undrafted as well.

8) DT Gabe Long, Utah. In college he was best suited to play nose tackle although he played defensive end. Prior to joining the Utes, he played Junior College football at Fullerton College before verbally committing to USC. He couldn’t play for the Trojans though for academic reasons (check out this Scout.com Interview with Long on the topic). Here’s a video of him playing for Utah making a sack and a forced fumble.


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3 Responses to “Texans Sign Eight Undrafted Free Agents”

  1. Matt says:

    This guy is a great prospect. At 6-5, 260, he will be able to play the edge and block in any scheme. He ran a 4.64, 4.69 and a 4.74 during pro-day at Auburn. Plus, his wonderlic test result was among the upper teir of quarterbacks. At Auburn, he made the offensive line calls and anchored a group that included three true freshmen starting. While used as a blocking tight end, he has excellent pass receiving skills, and according to Kiper’s website, did not drop a catchable pass in all of his four years. He is the son of a high school football coach, was reaised around the game, and will be a tremendous leader in the locker room as well as during the off-season.

  2. Matt says:

    COLE BENNETT, AUBURN. This guy is a great prospect. At 6-5, 260, he will be able to play the edge and block in any scheme. He ran a 4.64, 4.69 and a 4.74 during pro-day at Auburn. Plus, his wonderlic test result was among the upper teir of quarterbacks. At Auburn, he made the offensive line calls and anchored a group that included three true freshmen starting. While used as a blocking tight end, he has excellent pass receiving skills, and according to Kiper’s website, did not drop a catchable pass in all of his four years. He is the son of a high school football coach, was reaised around the game, and will be a tremendous leader in the locker room as well as during the off-season.

  3. Thomas Glidden says:

    For the second year in a row, the Texan’s sign undrafted free agents that have more potential than what Casserly used to draft. The team continues to improve; it’s almost like Houston fans should consider the franchise only 3 years old at this point. With Casserly and Capers, the team seemed to be going backwards during the first few years of their existence. Thanks goodness, that trend is no longer the case!

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