Assessing Every Houston Texans UDFA's Chances of Making Final Roster

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Assessing Every Houston Texans UDFA's Chances of Making Final Roster
Max Bullough

The Houston Texans conducted their first on-field activities of 2014 when they convened rookie minicamp May 16-17. The 10 players taken in the NFL draft were officially joined by 15 undrafted free agents (UDFAs) along with several invitees who were asked to try out for the team.

The presence of the invitees was not publicly acknowledged by the Texans media staff but was mentioned on the State of the Texans website. Those invited included Cory Henry (Florida Atlantic), Kjelby Oiland (Montana), Ian Thompson (Louisiana-Lafayette), Nick Addison (Bethune-Cookman) and Leon Minto (Johnson C. Smith). Because these players are not listed on the roster at the Houston Texans website, we can safely assume none will be asked to participate in any upcoming offseason training activities.

Three UDFAs have already been let go: defensive lineman Tyrone Ezell, wide receiver Nathan Slaughter and offensive tackle Chris Martin were released May 19. The swift departure of Slaughter was a surprise, given that his 4.37 40-yard time, 44.5” vertical jump and 16 reps in the bench press at his pro day, per NFL Draft Scout, would have all been top-10 figures at the combine.

Those who remain face an uphill battle in making the club. That these individuals were not deemed worthy of draft picks could be a mistake or an accurate assessment of their value. The effort here will be to determine whether it was the former or the latter.

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