New Texan Scouting Report: Cato June

The Texans bolstered their linebacker position on Saturday as they came to terms with former Indianapolis Colt and Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker Cato June. So how much does June have left in the tank? We asked an expert.

To find out more about Cato June, we asked Indianapolis Colts team expert and writer Brad Keller. This is what Keller had to say—

June was tailor made to fit into the Cover 2 defense, so if the Texans decide to go with that for their base package, they've chosen an exceptional player. June's a system guy and will be productive wherever he goes, provided the Cover 2 is involved there. He covers a lot of ground, is an excellent zone defender with above average hands and awareness, and is more capable in run support than his size would indicate. However, he did not succeed in Tampa because he is best suited to playing the Derrick Brooks position in the Tampa 2 and, obviously, Derrick Brooks already had that job. If the Texans can take advantage of the natural fit, then he's going to be a great addition. If they try to force a square peg into a round hole, they're in trouble. Houston runs some Cover 2 on third down, so he may just be a situational player, but he could be an every down player if they were to move to the defense that suits him.

Cato June (Getty Images)

Cato June is entering his seventh NFL season, and is a former sixth-round pick (2003) from Michigan. In his first six seasons (four with Indy, two with Tampa Bay), June has played in 88 games and started 73. June has registered 498 career tackles, 14 passes defensed, 12 interceptions, one sack, and two touchdowns.

June is 29 years old, and stands 6'0", 227 lbs. When entering the 2003 draft, June ran a 4.61 second 40-yard dash, had a 35" vertical leap, and a 9'5" broad jump.

Our take:

Cato June represents depth at linebacker, at the very least, and could compete for a starting job with Xavier Adibi and possibly even Zac Diles, assuming he suffers any setbacks in his recovery. It is reported that June will sign a one-year contract for $1.5 million with a $500,000 signing bonus. The very moderate contract represents a low risk, potentially high reward signing, although we don't see June making a great impact this season.

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