Texans Headed to PAC-10 for Draft Scouting

The Texans scouts are headed west this week to scout some talent from the explosive Pac-10. Find out which game the Texans scouts will be at and what draft-eligible players they will see.

Battle Red Nation has confirmed the presence of Texans scouts at Saturday's Cal-Oregon State game.

The top NFL prospect for the University of California is redshirt senior center Alex Mack. Mack is 6'4", 315 lbs., and has been voted first team all-Pac 10 twice. Mack is the top prospect in the nation at center, and with the Texans having some issues on the interior of the offensive line, the team could address the position as early as round one.

Another first-day prospect that Texans scouts will take a hard look at is Cal outside linebacker Zack Follett. Follett stands 6'2", 238 lbs. and is an instinctive big hitter. Follett fills up the stat sheet as he had 54 tackles, 12.5 TFL, five sacks, and three forced fumbles entering Saturday's game. Follett would allow the Texans to have even more depth at linebacker which is something they could use right now, with Zac Diles out for the season and Morlon Greenwood's status uncertain.

Some other defensive prospects from Cal are senior middle linebacker Worrell Williams, junior defensive end Tyson Alualu, and redshirt junior cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson. Thompson is currently projected as an early second-day pick, and Williams and Alualu are projected as late second-day picks.

Other offensive prospects from Cal are quarterback Nate Longshore, who has struggled in his senior season and redshirt junior tight end Cameron Morrah. Morrah is projected as an early second-day pick, and Longshore will likely be an undrafted free agent.

The top prospect from Oregon State is senior cornerback Keenan Lewis. Lewis is 6'1", 198 lbs., and is a great cover corner. He runs a 4.4 (40-yard dash), and has 24 tackles, two interceptions, and six passes defensed entering Saturday's action. Lewis is currently projected as a second-round pick.

Another prospect from the Beavers is offensive tackle Andy Levitre. Levitre projects as a guard on the next level with his 6'2", 318 lb. frame, but has played either left or right tackle throughout his collegiate career. He is a reigning second team all-Pac 10 selection and is currently projected as an early second-day pick.

Senior strong safety Al Afalava is one of the team's biggest hitters as he measures in at 5'1", 212 lbs. Afalava has good, but not great speed as he runs in the 4.5's (40-yard dash), and he's having a solid senior campaign with 23 tackles, one TFL, two interceptions, and six passes defensed entering Saturday's action. Afalava is expected to be a late-round pick.

Some offensive prospects from the Beavers are junior quarterback Lyle Moevao, and senior wide receivers Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales.

Defensive prospects include senior linebackers Victor Butler and Slade Norris, junior linebacker Keaton Kristick, redshirt-sophomore defensive tackle Stephen Paea, senior free safety Greg Laybourn, and senior cornerback Brandon Hughes.


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