Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans safety Kurtis Drummond (27) breaks up a pass intended for Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Corey Brown (10) during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
I believe Stevie Brown and Rahim Moore will enter the season as the two starting safeties for the Texans, but I also believe there is another player who could be the long term answer at one of the safety spots for the team.
Undrafted rookie Kurtis Drummond came out of Michigan State and should have been selected during the 2014 draft based on his stats and skill. He finished his Spartan career with 233 tackles, 12 interceptions and one touchdown return.
According to NFL.com Drummond was a fourth round valued player, but did have some flaws according to scouts.
"Drummond is a bag of mismatched parts. He has the ball skills and closing burst of a starting NFL free safety, but his instincts and tackling could scare teams away from viewing him as a single-high center fielder. He’s not physical enough to play around the line of scrimmage, so his draft position will ultimately rest on how teams weigh his ball skills against his instincts."
Still, 233 tackles in four seasons which included a junior year that saw 91 tackles doesn’t sound to me like a guy who shies away from tackling. Plus he owns perhaps my personal favorite college interception over the last few seasons.
While Drummond may not be the guy to take the field with the starters in 2015, his camp should show whether or not his skills can transition to the next level. If they do, Houston very well may have gotten the steal of the undrafted free agency period.
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