Idaho State defensive end Jeff Charleston was signed by the Houston Texans in April and survived training camp with them up through the final cuts. The 6-foot-4, 297-pound lineman wasn't very well known coming out of college due to having to sit out the 2004 season per NCAA rules after transferring from Western Oregon. But during his senior year he gained the attention of some scouts with 12 sacks, sixth-best all-time for a single season in Idaho St. history. He also made 19 tackles for losses and used his height to break up five pass attempts.
Linebacker Kyle McKenzie has played for two NFL teams so far after being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings. The former University of Minnesota defender, whose brother Keith plays defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, was released in the final round of cuts this summer. The 6-foot-1, 228-pound outside linebacker's top attribute is his speed, which led some scouts to believe that he'd be a good candidate for the Cover 2 style defense. McKenzie was on the Saints practice squad for about a month before being released in late October.
ColtPower's Jerry Langton will provide more analysis on these players in upcoming Colt Scout features.