The Rookies: Digging Deep: Part 3
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 3)
Delano Johnson – Very intriguing pass rush prospect. Really nice frame and powerful bull rusher. Played special teams throughout his career and should excel in that area. Can play inside or outside in a 3-4 depending on the situation. An underrated player to keep an eye on.
Comparison: Jason Williams (LB, Carolina Panthers)
Cody White – Likely profiles as a guard at the next level. Can move his feet well, but didn’t have a great anchor, even against his level of competition. Likely a practice squad candidate at best.
Comparison: Maurice Hurt (OG, Washington Redskins)
Eddie Pleasant – Pure in the box strong safety who may have some special teams ability. Stiff hipped and never stuck one on one with WRs or TEs. He was a solid starter for a good team though and that can’t be denied.
Comparison: Josh Barrett (DB, New England Patriots)
Johnathan Grimes – Underrated runner who stays low to the ground and explodes through the hole well. He has a lot of tread on his tires, but he has returned kicks, can catch, and even is a solid pass blocker. 4.5 player who isn’t overly shifty or quick, he measures in well and offers versatility other backs do not.
Comparison: Joseph Addai (RB, New England Patriots)
Davin Meggett - NFL bloodlines with a pretty productive college background. He has a heavy build despite being pretty short in stature. Doesn’t offer much versatility outside of being a big bodied runner. Will struggle to get onto a 53 man roster.
Comparison: Darren Evans (RB, Indianapolis Colts)
Logan Brock – More of a FB or H-Back type of TE rather than someone who will be in-line every single play. Much better blocker than pass catcher, though he was used as a red zone target at TCU. Struggles with athletic ability when blocking which may not be a natural fit for the NFL.
Comparison: David Paulson (TE, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Mario Louis – Nothing overly special about him, but he was very productive and is a 4.5 type of runner. During games, you see a physical player despite his size who has a firm grasp of the WR position. Could catch onto a squad, but more of a practice squad candidate.
Comparison: Greg Salas (WR, St. Louis Rams)
Shawn Losieau -High motor player who has lots of speed and very good tackling technique. Extremely stiff player who will need a ton of coaching to make a team, but he fits perfectly as a 3-4 ILB. Had him as a draftable player.
Comparison: Stevenson Sylvester (LB, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Jared Crick – A fallen star whose health will dictate his value. Another perfect fit for Wade Phillips system, Crick should be able to sit as a swing back-up who could progress into a starter with good health and practices. The multitude of leg and body injuries could add up, but he has very good instincts, a nice frame, and is extremely stout against the run. Solid pick.
Comparison: Adam Carriker (DT, Washington Redskins)
Brandon Brooks – Mammoth is the word that describes Brandon Brooks. He gets an excellent push in the run game and has underrated athleticism to move his feet in pass protection. Though he was rarely dominant, Brooks has starter ability, especially with a hole at guard for the Texans. If he can adjust to the zone blocking scheme despite his size, he could be a starting RG or LG for awhile.
Comparison: John Jerry (OG, Miami Dolphins)
Whitney Mercilus – Not a huge fan of the player, but I really see the fit. Mercilus was a one year wonder player with a ton of production who added a pass rushing repertoire to a solid run defense. Standing up on Wade’s 3-4 system should benefit him, especially since he won’t have to step in as an every down starter from day one. He looked fairly comfortable in space working out at LB, and has the quickness to work for the Texans defense. Solid value and good pick.
Comparison: Robert Quinn (DE, St. Louis Rams)