The Rookies: Digging Deep: Part 2
Patrick D. Starr
With the Houston Texans getting into the flow of OTAs we wanted to look at the 2012 rookie class a little closer. We enlisted the help of Shane Hallam of Draft Countdown to give us some quick thoughts on the entire rookie class of the Texans. We asked Hallam also who the rookies compare to that are in the NFL which give us a baseline for what to look for when camp opens up. Take a look at let us know what you think.
The Rookies (Part 2)
Jason Ford – RB/FB tweener who never had the speed or explosiveness to be very productive at the college level. His blocking was only adequate in college and will need a ton of work to become a starter at the next level. Could maybe stick on a roster thin at FB.
Comparison: Anthony Dixon (FB, San Francisco 49ers)
Desmond Marrow – Underrated CB/Safety tweener. Probably fits better as a free safety and special teamer. Has playmaking ability and not afraid to get physical. Not very athletically gifted. Injury issues led to an undrafted grade and could continue to plague his career. Special Teamer upside only.
Comparison: Nick Polk (FS, San Diego Chargers)
Tracy Robertson – Big bodied nose tackle type. He eats up space pretty well, but is very limited in his range and athletic ability. Not great off the snap, but once he has a hold of you, his grasp is difficult to break. May be a practice squad candidate.
Comparison: Josh Brent (DT, Dallas Cowboys)
Nate Menkin – Honestly can’t say I have seen him. Has the ability to play RT or RG and showed superior strength (39 bench press reps,) during his pro day. Has solid quickness as well, good fit for the Texans scheme.
Comparison: Herb Taylor (OT, Green Bay Packers)
David Hunter – 5 tech defensive tackle candidate who can hold the point of attack well but won’t give you much the way of pass rush. NFL lower body strength, but doesn’t always get the push you want. A fine developmental prospect.
Comparison: Kentwan Balmer (DE, Washington Redskins)
Greg Williams – Long arms and sideline to sideline ability could give him a unique edge to make the practice squad. He could stand to pack more weight onto his frame, but he can play inside or outside in the Texans system. Wraps up well, good tackler with limited pass rush and pass coverage ability.
Comparison: Dane Fletcher (LB, New England Patriots)
Phillip Supernaw – Another very good blocking TE who has soft hands to make easy catches. Doesn’t have the pure strength you would like or the athletic ability, but isn’t afraid to go nose to nose with bigger or faster players.
Comparison: Daniel Graham (TE, Tennessee Titans)
Rennie Moore – Underrated player. Pretty stout against the run, and uses his leverage to get into the backfield. Tweener as he lacks awareness in space but won’t fit in the line for the Texans scheme. Has developmental pass rush tendencies because he gets under the pads of offensive linemen and sheds blocks well. Could stick on a roster as a LB reserve.
Comparison: Antwan Barnes (LB, San Diego Chargers)
DeVier Posey – It may have been a bit high, but I am a big fan of Posey and his potential. When you watch some of his better games at Ohio State, he looks like an impact gamechanger who is very difficult to cover. Mental lapses and poor hands (often dropping easy passes,) led to his downfall along with his suspensions as a senior. Posey fits the type of WR the Texans like. Big, sneaky fast, and he high points a ball very well. If the coaching staff gets him mentally prepared, Posey could be a starter sooner rather than later.
Comparison: Brandon LaFell (WR, Carolina Panthers)
Randy Bullock – Was a bit surprised he was the first kicker off the board, but Bullock profiles as a starting kicker in the NFL. He has a solid leg but is very accurate and has kickoff ability. His 33% Touchback rate combined with an 88% FG rate is above the level NFL squads look for. Though he won’t boot many 50-55 yarders, he is very clutch from 40 yards or less.
Comparison: Ryan Longwell (K, Free Agent)