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10 Players to Watch for the Houston Texans on the South Team at the Senior Bowl

10 players to watch for the Houston Texans on the South Team at the Senior Bowl.

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is set to kick off practices on Tuesday and, with plenty or prospects to take in, the Houston Texans along with the rest of the NFL will be watching closely. Last season, the Texans draft class consisted of a group that worked at the Senior Bowl, including: Nick Martin, Tyler Ervin, Braxton Miller, D.J. Reader, and K.J. Dillon. 2016 was was one of the Texans more Senior Bowl heavy draft classes in some time, but it is clear they could be focused on a similar plan going into 2017.  

Either way, the Texans will get in contact with all of the prospects to run background checks and take time out to interview prospects either gathering info or digging closer into both their football and off-the-field minds. 

Here are some prospects who could potentially match up for the Texans. 

South Team 

OT, Conor McDermott (6’8”, 310 lbs.) UCLA

OT Conor McDermott (Photo by Steve Cheng)

Notes: McDermott could have left school early but decided to stay one more year with UCLA to push for a bigger season. A former basketball player, McDermott dedicated himself to the football field and became one of the top tackles in the nation. He was an All-Pac 12 selection while starting 12 games at left tackle. 

Potential Round: 3rd

OT, Antonio Garcia (6’7", 302 lbs.) Troy

Notes: Garcia did not allow a sack in 900 offensive snaps and helped the Troy offensive line give up only 9 sacks all season. He was credited with 70 pancakes in the run game and cleared the way for the school’s 9th 1,000-yard rusher in school history. Against Clemson, Garcia held his own and had 6 pancakes against the Tigers. 

Potential Round: 2nd-3rd

WR, Joshua Reynolds (6’4", 190 lbs.) Texas A&M 

Notes: The Aggies top pass target in 2016, Reynolds averaged 17.8 yards per reception to lead the team. He had 51 receptions for 907 yards and 5 touchdowns, although he did miss one game due to a suspension. Reynolds became the 15th Aggie of all time to have 100 receptions in his career, finishing 5th in school history with 18 touchdown receptions. 

Potential Round: 5th

DT, Carlos Watkins (6’3", 305 lbs.) Clemson 

Notes: The All-American Watkins helped pace the National Champions defense by posting 82 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks in 15 games. A team captain in 2016, Watkins set the highest sack total for a defensive tackle, eclipsing the previous record of 10. In his career (53 games), Watkins had 191 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks. 

Potential Round: 2nd  

ILB, Duke Riley (6’1", 230 lbs.) LSU 
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Notes: A reserve for most of his career at LSU, Riley won his starting spot in the spring and only played one game up to his final season in 2016. However, as a senior, Riley started 12 games and posted 93 total tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. He also had 3 quarterback hits credited to him this past season. 

Potenital Round: 3rd

CB, Tre'Davious White (6’0", 197 lbs.) LSU

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Notes: One of the top cornerbacks in the nation, White started 11 games in 2016, posting 44 total tackles and 7 pass break ups as the defense’s lock down corner. Over his career, he started 35 games (37 career games) and had 132 total tackles with 20 pass breakups with 4 interceptions. He also returned punts and averaged 11.2 yards per return with 2 touchdowns. 

Potential Round: 1st-2nd

DE, Tanoh Kpassagnon (6’7”, 290 lbs.) Villanova 

Notes: A long-levered edge player, Kpassagnon has the frame to play at the 3-4 end, if needed. His final season with the Wildcats saw Kpassagnon lock up CAA Defensive Player of the year by posting 45 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks. 

Potential Round: 3rd

ILB, Alex Anzalone (6’3”, 241 lbs.) Florida

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Notes: Anzalone started the first 8 games of the season before his season ended due to a broken forearm. Anzalone still finished 3rd on the team in tackles with 53 and had 4 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. His injury history is a concern but his talent and playmaking ability is appreciated in the middle of a defense. 

Potential Round: 2nd-3rd

S, Rayshawn Jenkins (6’2", 210 lbs.) Miami 

Notes: Starting 12 of the 13 games Miami played in 2016, Jenkins finished with 76 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 7 pass breakups. A four-year starter, Jenkins missed the 2014 season due to injury but bounced back his final two seasons with the Hurricanes as one of their top secondary players. 

Potential Round: 4th-5th

RB, Jamaal Williams (6’2", 220 lbs.) BYU
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Notes: A downhill runner who has some explosion, Williams finished his BYU career on top of the Cougars all-time rushing list. Rushing 234 times for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016, Williams can break tackles and make the cuts necessary to make defender miss. His lateral movements make him a back that could fit into any scheme. 

Potential Round: 5th-6th

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