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Texans sign five draft picks

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The Texans rookies started practicing with the team’s veterans on Monday and five of them celebrated by signing contracts with the team.

Houston signed the last five of their eight draft picks, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Center Ben Jones, wide receiver Keshawn Martin, defensive end Jared Crick, kicker Randy Bullock and offensive lineman Nick Mondek all signed four-year deals.

Martin and Bullock are likely to have the most impact in 2012. Martin’s skills as a return man helped ease Jacoby Jones out the door and he could also see some time as a slot receiver. Greg Cosell of NFL Films was a fan of Martin’s during the run up to the draft. Bullock won the Lou Groza Award as college football’s best kicker in 2011 and he has a clear path to the job with the Texans with Neil Rackers now in Washington.

Linebacker Whitney Mercilus, wide recever DeVier Posey and guard Brandon Brooks, the first three Texans draft picks, remain unsigned at this point.

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5 Responses to “Texans sign five draft picks”
  1. drglory says: May 14, 2012 2:31 PM

    Crick was a steal, strong draft class for the Texans on paper atleast

  2. texan1979 says: May 14, 2012 2:57 PM

    Mercilus the mean machine! Is gonna be brutal in this defense

  3. dylude says: May 14, 2012 3:03 PM

    I agree with the above, Crick gets to play alongside some great players. The rest of the NFL should be ashamed of themselves for letting the Texans get Mercilus in the 1st and Crick in the 4th.

    Texans have a front 7 rotation that is getting scary…. Brooks, Barwin, Cushing, Mercilus, Brady, Sharpton, Watt, Antonio & Crick can all get to the QB and play the run, with Cody or Mitchell on the interior.

    Wade Phillips is building a modern day Dick Lebeau style defense in Houston. I don’t think he’s leaving anytime soon and the Texans will pay him well to stay after this season.

  4. txtuff says: May 14, 2012 3:36 PM

    We hope Wade isn’t leaving anytime soon!!! It is pretty scary to think that the Texans D will be better this year then last. If you consider the two draft picks (Mercilus, Crick) and that they have a real off season this year I can’t see how they can’t be better. Add Schaub, A. Johnson back to the offense with a couple new WR, the O has to be better as well. I always look forward to the football season but having a team that can go deep into the playoffs makes the off season even longer!!!

  5. billhicks666 says: May 14, 2012 9:45 PM

    Only thing that’s of any concern to me is the O-line and how quickly the new guys can mesh with the vets. Need to have them in sync in the zone scheme to get the most out of Arian Foster.

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