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Friday, August 12, 2011

Houston Texans 2011 NFL Undrafted Free Agents

Notable Undrafted Free Agents:

Terrence Toliver,  LSU 6035 211 4.59
Two-year starter who is a big West Coast type wide receiver that runs slants, catches in a crowd, and is a stick and stay blocker. Toliver was not as productive as his talent warrants, due to the inconsistent play of the quarterbacks. Saved his big game for last with a sterling performance against Texas A and M in the Cotton Bowl. Caught two touchdown passes all season before his three against the Aggies. A big target with run after catch ability. Hands are inconsistent. Can make the tough catch or drop the routine pass. Struggles to drop his weight in and out of his cuts because of long legs. Picks up speed as he goes down the field. Can track and catch the deep overhead ball. Has some run after catch ability. Slippery after catch. Competitive to catch poorly thrown passes. Smooth receiver who can get off press coverage.

Jeff Maehl, Oregon 6007 190 4.59
Three-year starter. Slender build. A good route runner. Consistent and reliable hands. Struggles to separate in man to man coverage. Quick feet to get off press however. A former corner who was moved to wide receiver. Snatches the ball on bubble screens and has an upfield burst. Will go up in a crowd for the ball at the high point and come down with it. Was a better route runner in 2010 when he learned how to separate from defensive backs. Caught at least one pass in 34 consecutive games to end his career. In the BCS Championship game he caught 9 passes for 133 yards, including a BCS record, 81-yard catch. Also caught a 2-point conversion pass. A clutch receiver who is a producer, not a potential guy.

John Graves,  Virginia Tech 6030 286 5.15
Three-year starter who is instinctive and athletic. Does not play with functional strength. Gets bounced around inside. May project to a 3-4 five technique. A team captain. Good backside chase player. Plays better on the move. Lacks the strength to hold up to a double team. He gets rag-dolled at times. Always gives a good effort, but lacks strength in his upper and lower body. Football smart. A developmental player.

Lestar Jean, Florida Atlantic 6030 212 4.65
Two-year starter. An angular receiver with better than average hands. Deceptive speed. Can make the tough catch. Has decent contact balance. A high cut receiver who struggles to get off press coverage. Catches a lot of horizontal passes in the spread system and then gets upfield. Lacks the burst out of his cuts. Ran a 4.53 with the wind at his pro day and a 4.63 against the wind. Not an explosive off the line receiver, but a hard working possession type who will give a willing effort to block in the run game. Football is important to him. Was not offered any scholarships out of high school after a year of prep school. He took his highlight film in to FAU and they offered him a scholarship.

Zane Parr, Virginia 6041 281 4.78
Junior entry. Started 13 games. A developmental prospect who could have used another year in school. A good athlete with a quick first step. A five technique defensive end in a three man front. Must work to keep his pad level down. Needs more technique and strength to stop and stack in the run game at him. Inconsistent leverage on blocks. Needs more pass rushing technique or may be a run player only. Flashes good hand use and grab strength at times. A developmental player with measurables. (released by the Texans on 8-8-11)


Mister Alexander LBO   (Florida St)
Howard Barbieri OLG   (Rutgers)
Scooter Berry DLE   (West Virginia)
Bryan Braman LBO   (West Texas A and M)
Steven Friday LBO   (Virginia Tech)
Brett Hartmann P     (Central Michigan)
Peter Hendrickson OLT   (Tulane)
Matt Marcorelle LBI   (Delaware)
Guy Miller DLT   (Colorado State)
Darius Morris OLT   (Temple)
Zac Pauga RBF   (Colorado State)
Maurice Rolle DBF   (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Jason Teague DBC   (TCU)