Speed, speed and more speed!
If there was any point during the 2015 season that you felt yourself questioning the speed of the Texans’ players, don’t expect to do that in 2016. The Texans put an emphasis on speed early and often during the draft process, and they even carried that over into the undrafted free agent period as well.
The selection of Notre Dame receiver Will Fuller in Round 1 got things going in that regard. Fuller was the fastest receiver at the NFL Combine after posting an impressive 4.32 in the 40-yard dash. They already have the stud wide out in DeAndre Hopkins, now they added a guy who will make teams pay should they focus too much on Hopkins.
From there they selected wide out Braxton Miller (who also played quarterback while at Ohio State) who posted a solid 4.5 in the forty, but he seems to play much faster than that time would suggest. In the fourth-round, they added the shifty Tyler Ervin, a running back from San Jose State that put up a solid 4.41 in the dash and was compared on draft night to Eagles playmaker Darren Sproles.
After the draft they kept going for fast players as they signed a receiver from the University of the Cumberlands, Wendall Williams. If his name sounds familiar, it isn’t because of the school he played at or what he did during his career.
He became popular for breaking the record for the fastest 40-yard dash time for incoming players and he put up an amazing 4.19 time during his pro day workout. He is incredibly raw, but could be dangerous in open space.
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