The Houston Texans are signing rookie linebacker Ryan Langford after a successful tryout during rookie mini-camp.
Rookie inside linebacker Ryan Langford has turned a tryout into a contract.
Unlike the sixteen undrafted free agents that inked deals after the draft, Langford had to earn his spot. The 6-4 and 235 lbs. rookie impressed coaches at the three day workout and did just that.
Langford started his collegiate career at Iowa Western where he earned All-Midwest Football Conference honors before transferring to New Mexico prior the start of the 2014 season. The former Lobo appeared in 13 games last season and totaled 53 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. He also tallied one interception and three pass deflections.
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What makes Langford valuable to Houston’s defense is his versatility . During his college career, Langford showed the ability to play inside and on the edge of the New Mexico defense, which gives the Houston Texans some options on where to work him when OTAs begin. The Texans lack depth at the defensive end and inside linebacker positions so Langford could fit right in.
At his pro day, Langford clocked a 4.48 sec. 40-yard dash (1.52 10-yard split), vertical jumped 29.5 inches, a broad jump of 9’8″ and bench pressed 17 reps of 225 lbs.
Every season the Houston Texans bring in players to audition for a roster spot. The rookies take part in a three day mini-camp, and this season only one player inked a contract, that person was Ryan Langford. His contract is set to expire at the end of the off-season.