- Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois
- DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
- Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (OH)
- Ben Jones, C, Georgia
- Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan St
- Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
- Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M
- Nick Mondek, OT, Purdue
Undrafted Free Agents
- Case Keenum, QB, Houston
- Dwight Jones, WR, UNC
- Jerrell Jackson, WR, Missouri
- Desmond Marrow, FS, Toledo
- Shawn Loiseau, LB, Merrimack
- DJ Bryant, DE, James Madison
- Logan Brock, TE, TCU
- Davin Meggett, RB, Maryland
- Nate Menkin, OT, Mary-Hardin Baylor
- Mario Louis, WR, Grambling State
Year Pk Player Pos. School
2006---1 Mario Williams DE N.C. State
2007---10 Amobi Okoye DT Louisville
2008---26 Duane Brown T Virginia Tech
2009---15 Brian Cushing LB USC
2010---20 Kareem Jackson CB Alabama
2011---11 J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin
After wrapping up a solid draft, addressing needs and adding depth, the Houston Texans began making phone calls to sign undrafted free agents like many teams do. With one name particularly in mind, the Texans got their guy. University of Houston QB Case Keenum was signed as undrafted free agent.
Keenum will look to compete with T.J. Yates this offseason, and very well could earn the third-string QB spot. Keenum is the all-time leader in NCAA passing yards, touchdowns and completions.
In the later rounds of the draft on Saturday, the Texans drafted what, to some, seemed like an unpopular pick when they selected a kicker. Randy Bullock, the 2011 Lou Groza award winner from Texas A&M, will be expected to replace Neil Rackers as the team's place kicker. Though some fans don't like the idea of spending a draft pick on a kicker, perhaps the idea of Bullock contributing immediately will settle those fans down.
With their last pick in the sixth round, the Texans went for more offensive line depth in taking Purdue offensive tackle Nick Mondek. The defensive tackle-turned o-line man was a starter for two seasons with the Boilermakers.
On day three of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Texans started off by nabbing a backup center in drafting Georgia's Ben Jones. After re-signing current center Chris Myers in the off-season, Jones will be able to come in and learn behind an experienced veteran.
According to Rotoworld, here's what they say about Jones: "An interesting fit for the Texans zone heavy scheme, Jones prefers to latch on and control defensive linemen at the point of attack rather than getting to the second level. Jones does not possess a real one step anchor in pass protection but has active and sound hand placement with a lower pad level off the snap. A technician in the middle of the offensive line, the Texans landed a top five center in the draft."
Later in the fourth round, the Texans grabbed another weapon for Matt Schaub and the offense in drafting Michigan State wide receiver Keshawn Martin. Martin will come in and compete with third round pick DeVier Posey, and can also contribute in the return game over Jacoby Jones who could be traded or released.
Here is Rotoworld's assesment of Martin: "A favorite of NFL Films guru Greg Cosell, Martin goes 5-foot-11, 188 and ran a 4.43 forty at the Combine. He projects as a slot receiver in the pros, and an immediate return specialist in Houston, sealing Jacoby Jones' fate. Martin scored 18 career touchdowns at Michigan State, finding five different ways to find the end zone. He was an absolute value late in round four."
Lastly, the Texans used their third pick in the fourth round to add another capable body to the defensive line. Nebraska defensive end Jared Crick will give Wade Phillips more depth on the defensive line.
Here is Rotoworld's assesment of Crick: "Crick entered his senior season with late first- to early second-round grades from NFL scouts. He tore his pectoral in 2011, however, and required surgery. Crick was probably never naturally explosive enough to be a realistic top-32 selection, but he is cutout quite well to spell J.J. Watt in Houston's 3-4 scheme. With a relentless motor at 6-foot-4, 279, Crick is tough to move at the point of attack and recorded 20 sacks in his college career."
(portions of this blog entry attributed to rotoworld.com)
After trading out of the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans had two picks in the third round.
The Texans selected Ohio State WR Devier Posey with the No. 68 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Posey was suspended five games during his senior season at Ohio State. Posey showed faster than expected straight line speed at the Combine when he posted an official 4.50 forty time. The Texans are getting a reliable and consistent option when on the field, but nothing spectacular. (Rotoworld)
Later in the third round, the Texans selected Miami of Ohio OG Brandon Brooks with the No. 76 overall pick. The biggest Combine snub, literally, Brooks carries his 6'5/346 pound frame extremely well. At his pro day, he ran a 4.98 forty and completed 36 bench press reps. Brooks made a name for himself during East-West Shrine week, dominating the competition around him. Because of his size, Brooks comes off the line a bit too high but with his length and strength he lifts the opposition even higher and consistently controlled inferior interior defensive linemen. In pass protection Brooks absorbs powerful pass rusher with his immense upper body. (Rotoworld)