Nov 1, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators offensive lineman Max Garcia (76) hikes the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Max Garcia, Florida – 6’4″ 309 pounds
Another Florida center looks to make his mark in the NFL. Both Maurkice Pouncey, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers and his twin brother Mike Pouncey, with the Miami Dolphins have been very good since joining the NFL.
While Garcia does not have the same pedigree as the brothers, who were both first round draft picks, he still has some of the traits that make a great pro. Dane Brugler of CBSsports.com praises several of those traits which would translate well to the next level.
"“Flips his competitive switch on the field and won’t take plays off. Strong leadership traits and a positive influence in the locker room according to his coaches. Improved work ethic and practice habits. Already treats the game as a job.” – Dane Brugler"
The scouting report also lists the range Garcia could be drafted in to be somewhere in the mid rounds. Selecting a potential started in rounds three or four could be a great value move by the Texans.
Garcia seems like he could be a solid contributor and hard worker the rest of the line feeds off of. If he is indeed selected, it may take a season or so for him to get acclimated to the NFL. That’s where having a versatile player like Ben Jones gives the Texans some flexibility and options in this search to replace Myers.
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