The Houston Texans have seem to find some key contributors to the 2011 Texans roster that were not drafted in their respective draft. It is amazing to see what the Texans front office has done to fill their roster and especially the undrafted free agents that are making some impact in this 2011 season.
Many draft classes are looked at who makes the team that is picked between rounds 1 thorough 7, but you have to account who makes the team as an invite during camp. The Texans undrafted players are an impressive group, and shows the draft does not have all the answers.
Mister Alexander (Florida State)- recently promoted to the Texans active roster after the injury to inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton. Only seeing time on special teams he was impressive in his NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns. He registered two solo tackles on special teams and is an impressive looking football player with a 6'3" 243 lbs. frame. There must be something there because he was injured all camp and still made the practice squad despite limited work during the preseason, keep an eye out for Alexander.
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Bryan Braman (West Texas A&M)- the talk of camp and a pure athlete that made the team with his no non sense approach. He has not gotten any snaps on defense but is a special team warrior. If you want to see where Braman started from and the tough road it took to get to the Texans, look at an article we wrote about him a few months back. Here
Tim Jamison (Michigan)- In 2009, Jamsion was brought in from Michigan and signed to the practice squad. Jamison was release THREE times before he found himself a permanent home in the Texans defensive line rotation. He impressed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in camp and preseason with all of the impact plays he made. Even Phillips said he had no clue who Jamison was when he arrived in Houston, but was soon won over with Jamison's hard nosed playing style.
Brett Hartmann (Central Michigan)- He was brought in during camp to compete with the recently signed Brad Maynard for the punting duties. Hartmann had a live leg and could boom the ball, and to make his case to make the team he could kickoff when needed. Maynard and Hartmann were released during the preseason, but he was soon brought back to be the Texans punter. Despite being a rookie, Hartmann has dropped 11 punts inside the 20 yard line which has proved huge in the field position game. Being a rookie punter is not easy, but he has the potential to be the Texans punter for seasons to come.
Mike Brisiel (Colorado State)- Being in the NFL for his 4th season Brisiel has had a tough road to become a starter on the Texans offensive line. He even played in NFL Europe in 2007 with the Hamburg Sea Devils and won a championship with them, with that he was signed by the Texans released THREE times and place on injured reserve once since coming to the Texans organization in 2006. He has worked hard for this opportunity to be apart of one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
Arian Foster (Tennessee)- Of course the diamond of the undrafted free agents, Foster was brought to camp by the Texans in 2009 after an up and down career and Tennessee. Foster is now the leader in Texans franchise history in career rushing touchdowns and closing in on many more records in a little over two season with the team.