The Houston Texans had a busy weekend, holding their local pro day at the Methodist Training Center this past Saturday. This local pro day is different compared to other private workouts or visits. Since we have seen plenty of questions asking what are the different types of meetings, workouts, and exactly what is a local pro day, we will break down exactly what happens in this environment in which the NFL franchise hosts local prospects.
As we know, the Texans, along with the other NFL teams are allowed 30 draft eligible players to visit the team’s home faculty or another location for a one-day physical examination. The players on these visits cannot be timed and tested. They can have interviews and written tests that the prospect can complete for the respective team.
The number of prospects tested by a team on college campuses is unlimited. Teams can time eligible players with infield tests and have them take written tests in the prospect’s hometown or on campus, college post-season all-star game (East West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, etc.), or league approved workouts (NFL and Regional Combines). If teams to choose to meet with players on college pro-days the team has to go through the university’s Pro Liaison.
The local pro day consists of prospects that attended college or reside in the “metropolitan area” of the Texans. The team can give a physical examination without counting against the 30-player limit of visits the NFL allows. If the Texans provided any type of transportation for a prospect, then it would count towards their 30-player visit list. A player who attends college or lives in the “metropolitan” area may be timed and tested but if they are provided transportation, the NFL franchise personnel may not time or test them.
The league determines the metropolitan area with the Rand-McNally Road Atlas.
The exact number of players who were at the Texans local pro-day is unknown but with the rich tradition of football talent pumped out from high schools and colleges in the state of Texas, there were some solid prospects in attendance.
University of Texas workhorse D'Onta Foreman was invited to the Texans regional pro day. Foreman (Texas City) was the Longhorns best offensive weapon in 2016 and lead the team with 2,028 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns on 323 carries. His 2016 season led him to win the 2016 Doak Walker Award, leading to a decision to forego his senior season in favor of entering the NFL Draft.
In 28 career games and only 10 starts, Foreman’s Longhorn career saw him rush for 2,782 yards and 20 touchdowns. His career rushing mark ranks him 9th all-time in school history. His 13 straight 100-yard rushing performances in 2016 was a school record.
In order to run a good workout with receiver and tight ends for pass catching, having a quarterback who can throw is important. The Texans invited Texas A&M and former Oklahoma quarterback, Trevor Knight. Knight was a post-graduate transfer from the University of Oklahoma and was named the Aggies starter when he arrived to College Station in 2016. With the Sooners, Knight threw for more than 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in three seasons. His best season for the Sooners came in 2014, when he threw for 2,300 yards with 14 touchdowns with 12 interceptions as he started 10 of 13 games.
Also, SMU quarterback Matt Davis attended the pro day to help get his name in position for the Texans to get a closer look. Davis missed a good portion of the 2016 season with a torn ACL but in 2015, he threw for 2,263 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 761 yards with 10 rushing touchdowns.
One other name to watch is Virginia safety Kelvin Rainey, who was a four year starter at safety for the Cavaliers. In 43 games, Rainey had 158 total tackles, with 5 pass deflections, and 2 fumble recoveries. The former Stratford High School product was seen talking at length with Texans defensive back coach John Butler after the workout.
Here is the known list of prospects who attended the Texans Regional Pro-Day.
Kelvin Rainey, Virginia
Jomal Wiltz, Iowa State
Decorian Johnson, McMurray University
Brian Allen, Utah
Josh Gibson, Missouri
Eric Wilson, Cincinnati,
Isaiah Irving, San Jose State
Claude George, Texas A&M
Deon Hollins, UCLA
Damond King, Texas Southern
Paul Boyette Jr., Texas
Doug Webb, Harvard
Tommy Hoskins, Colorado School of Mines
Dimitric Camiel, OT, Indiana
Deante' Gray, TCU
Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern
Greg Ward Jr., Houston
Jacorey Warrick. Texas
Dreon Johnson Townson
Kade Harrington, Lamar
Zach Conque, Stephen F. Austin
Sean Irwin, Colorado
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