BattleRedNation.com has confirmed the presence of Texans scouts at Saturday's Tennessee-Vanderbilt game. One of the top prospects from Tennessee is junior outside linebacker Rico McCoy. McCoy reminds many of his former teammate and last season's first-round pick by the Patriots, Jerrod Mayo. McCoy measures in at 6'1", 224 lbs., and has sideline to sideline ability as he runs a 4.52 40-yard dash. McCoy was a second team all-SEC selection a year ago and currently has 68 tackles, three TFL, one sack, two passes defensed, and one quarterback hurry. McCoy is currently projected as a second-round pick.
Another top prospect from the Vols is senior running back Arian Foster. Foster is a powerful inside runner as his 6'1", 216 lb. frame would suggest. Foster is quick, but lacks some explosion, but he's an accomplished blocker and has adequate hands. Entering Saturday's action, Foster has gained 458 yards on 99 attempts with one touchdown, and has caught 18 passes for 149 yards. Foster is currently projected as a late first, early second-day pick.
Blocking for Foster is junior center Josh McNeil. McNeil is a big, tough, intelligent football player, as he measures in at 6'4", 286 lbs. He was an honorable mention all-SEC selection a year ago, and is on both the Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy watch lists. McNeil is currently projected as a third-round pick.
Some other defensive prospects from Tennessee are senior middle linebacker Ellix Wilson, senor defensive end Robert Ayers, junior defensive tackle Dan Williams, senior defensive tackle Demonte' Bolden, senior cornerback DeAngelo Willingham, and junior free safety Demetrice Morely.
Offensive prospects include senior wide receiver Lucas Taylor, senior offensive guard Anthony Parker, junior offensive guard Jacques McClendon, and junior offensive tackle Chris Scott.
The top prospect in the game from Vandy is certainly junior cornerback D.J. Moore. Moore measures in at 5'10", 184 lbs., and runs the 40 in 4.38 seconds. Moore is a dual threat as he locks down at corner and is a solid special teams return man. On the season, Moore has registered 43 tackles, six interceptions, one sack, six passes defensed, and a forced fumble (entering Saturday's action). He also has 16 punt returns for 243 yards, and 19 kickoff returns for 364 yards. He also has scored two offensive touchdowns while being lined up at wide receiver. Moore is currently projected as a first-round pick.
You don't have to look far to find another NFL prospect from Vanderbilt as D.J. Moore's teammate in the secondary, senior strong safety Reshard Langford is turning heads. Langford is physical, as his 6'1", 212 lb. size would project, and he is solid in coverage. Langford has average speed (4.5 40-yard dash), but he makes plays in games. Entering Saturday's action Langford tallied 55 tackles, two interceptions, three TFL, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble. Langford is expected to be a late-round pick.
Some other defensive prospects from Vanderbilt are junior middle linebacker Patrick Benoist, junior defensive end Broderick Stewart, junior cornerback Myron Lewis, and junior free safety Ryan Hamilton. On offense, senior wide receiver George Smith is considered a late-round prospect.
Texans Back Scouting the SEC
State of the Texans Top Stories
Texans Notebook: J.J. Watt Done For the YearTexans Notebook: Red Zone woes, J.J. Watt finished for the season, special teams and more.
State of the TexansYesterday at 7:49 AM
Bill O'Brien Takes Over Calling the OffenseHead Coach Bill O'Brien will now call plays for the Houston Texans instead of George Godsey.
State of the TexansThursday at 5:19 PM
Jonathan Grimes Expected To Miss a MonthThe Houston Texans are expected to be without Jonathan Grimes for a month.
State of the TexansThursday at 1:53 PM
Brock Osweiler Shoulders the BlameBrock Osweiler shoulders the blame for the Houston Texans offensive woes.
State of the TexansThursday at 7:23 AM
Antonio Smith Returns To His HomeAntonio Smith thought his career was finished, until he was called home by the Houston Texans.
State of the TexansThursday at 7:07 AM