Once considered a mid-round prospect, linebacker Max Bullough wound up falling all the way out of the draft. Perhaps it was due to his Rose Bowl suspension, a situation he has been unwilling to discuss since it happened, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
His loss was Houston's gain, and the Texans got themselves a potential stud in undrafted free agency. Bullough was a three-year starter at Michigan State, a productive linebacker with good size.
Bullough told Deepi Sidhu at HoustonTexans.com:
I’m in this position now because of whatever I did in the past, or what I didn’t do in the past whether it be good or bad, but at the end of the day we are all here doing the same thing, we are in the same meeting rooms, and we are trying to become Houston Texans come fall.
While Bullough will have a chance to impress at OTAs, what will really allow him to shine is his capability to lead. Before his suspension, Bullough was a team captain for the Spartans.
Granted, rookies rarely lead, but it's difficult to think a guy with his pedigree will make the same mistake twice, whatever the reason for his suspension may have been.
Bullough must know he has a shot to crack the starting lineup alongside Brian Cushing. It's a long shot, but it's more than most undrafted free agents have heading into OTAs.
Look for Bullough to make the most of his opportunity.