The Houston Texans continued a trend of selecting physical players who will make an impact near the line of scrimmage with the selection of fullback Jay Prosch from Auburn in Round 6.
two words jump out when you read about Prosch. Versatile and durable. Fits what O’Brien is trying to do with #Texans. Also great ST player— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) May 10, 2014
Jay Prosch will earn his paycheck as a run-blocker but has versatility and should contribute on special teams, as James Palmer from CSN Houston pointed out. Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com expands on the strengths of Jay Prosch.
Exceptional weight-room strength. Outstanding peripheral blocking vision -- scans wide and locates. Generates power through his lower body and drives defenders out of the hole. Very good hip roll and explosion. Runs his feet on contact. Intense, determined competitor. Good finisher. Is fairly light on his feet for such a big, strong player. Can create a surge in short-yardage situations and power through the line. Catches the ball easily. Core special-teams performer. Outstanding personal and football character -- highly respected team leader. Versatility is a big plus. Very durable.
The Texans, until now, hadn't been able to find a player to replace Vonta Leach as a hard-nosed, run-blocking tight end after he left following the 2010 season. Jay Prosch is that type of player.
Arian Foster had his best season in 2010 with Leach as his lead fullback, with career bests in rushing yards, yards per carry and rushing touchdowns. Foster averaged 4.9 yards per carry during the 2010 season, but his average dropped to 4.4 in 2011 and 4.1 in 2012 after Vonta Leach signed with the Baltimore Ravens. I'm guessing that this pick made Arian Foster very happy.
Prosch was an unsung hero in Auburn's amazing rush offense last season that averaged 328 rushing yards per game. Despite his obvious talent, Prosch was rated as just a fifth-round prospect due to the position being devalued overall, as the NFL has become more and more a pass-first league.
Prosch is a no-nonsense player who gives more to the game than he receives, but he has no problem with that, embracing the dirty work - doesn't care about catches or carries, only being on the field to help his team win. His strengths aren't as highly valued in today's NFL game, but he plays with the needed mentality for the position - a likely late round pick, there is a place for him in the NFL, especially with his contributions on ST coverage.
Jay Prosch won't be the guy that gets the big endorsement deals or is asked to do a weekly radio show, but he's a guy that approaches the game the right way and will execute any plan asked of him by his coach.