Houston Texans Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings
The Houston Texans had a great 2013 NFL draft class—bringing in prospects like DeAndre Hopkins and Sam Montgomery—but didn't stop their efforts to improve their football team when the draft was over.
As with every other team in the NFL, the Texans immediately went to work signing priority undrafted free agents who will look to make this roster and keep the Texans as a top team in the AFC.
UDFAs are low-risk, high-reward signings. At worse, it's a camp body that a team paid little money for. At best, teams are hoping to find the next Wes Welker or Arian Foster. Could one of those hidden gems be lurking in the Texans' free-agency class?
Collin Klein (QB/TE/WR Kansas State)
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Klein was a fantastic collegiate player who just doesn't have the tools to make it as an NFL quarterback. At the East-West Shrine Game, he put up an embarrassing performance throughout the week of practices and in the game itself. At the NFL combine, he worked out as a tight end.
He'll look to stick in the NFL as a gadget player for the Texans. (He confirmed the signing himself via his Twitter account.)
Cierre Wood (RB Notre Dame)
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Pete Byrne of WSBT-South Bend confirmed the Texans' signing of Wood, who left school a year early before going undrafted. Wood is a bigger back without a lot of power or speed to his game. He can certainly be productive with a lot of carries in the NFL, but he may never get those in such a deep running back corps in Houston.
It's notable that he is a perfect fit for the Texans' zone-blocking scheme, however.
Ray Graham (RB Pittsburgh)
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Ray Graham is headed to the Texans (via his Twitter account). The diminutive but shifty runner needs to return to pre-injury form if he wants to have an impact in the NFL. He does not show the same burst, top-end speed or agility since his knee injury.
Dennis Johnson (RB Arkansas)
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The Texans are apparently collecting running backs with the addition of Dennis Johnson (via his Twitter account). Another shorter and thickly built back, Johnson has upside on both special teams and on offense. He could end up as a third-down back behind Arian Foster.
Johnny Adams (CB Michigan State)
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I had a sixth-round grade on Johnny Adams and am surprised that in a league that is suddenly valuing tougher corners, he went undrafted. Adams (whose signing was confirmed by Mike Griffith of MLive) plays much taller than his 5'10" height would indicate and loves to mix it up. He could stick on the Texans as a reserve corner and has nice upside.
Dann O'Neill (OL Western Michigan)
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David Drew of the Kalamazoo Gazette confirmed the Texans' addition of O'Neill, who impressed me at the East-West Shrine Game.
O'Neill transferred to Western Michigan from Michigan when Rich Rodriguez took over and fits the Texans' blocking scheme because he is a massive right tackle who can get to the second level and do a lot of damage once he latches on.
Alec Lemon (WR Syracuse)
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Lemon confirmed his own signing via Twitter and could make the Texans' regular-season roster because he fits in as a No. 2 receiver—a position the Texans were obviously looking to fill. He may need some time on the practice squad, but the Big East prospect has good size, toughness and tracks the ball well.
Kenny Demens (LB Michigan)
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Kyle Meinke of Michigan Live confirmed this signing for the Texans, who add a tough prospect with mid-to-low upside. Demens projects as a long-term special teams player who could back up a number of linebacker positions.
Michael Schottey is the NFL national lead writer for Bleacher Report and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff at The Go Route.