Mid-To-Late Round Pass Rushing Options For The Houston Texans

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Nov 8, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive end Cedric Reed (88) strips the ball from West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Clint Trickett (9) during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas beat West Virginia 33-16. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Cedric Reed, Texas

Cedric Reed was a high recruit at Texas, but never really blossomed into the player they expected him to be. He did still show in 2013 that he can make some big plays as he recorded ten sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss. However, he came back down to earth his senior season when he only had five and a half sacks and nine tackles for a loss.

Still, he boasts an NFL frame at 6’5″ and 269 pounds and really did show some signs of improvement near the end of the season, which one NFC North scout alluded to according to NFL.com. The late season improvement doesn’t take much of the sting off the fact that this same scout called Reed’s tape “boring.”

"“He was a really boring guy to study. There just isn’t anything on tape to get excited about until the end of 2014 when he started playing better than I had ever seen him play.” — NFC North scout"

Projections have the once promising player falling to the sixth or seventh round of the draft, which makes taking a chance on his 2013 season not being a fluke worth a shot.

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