Defensive End – Brandon Dunn
Originally a member of the Chicago Bears, the undrafted tackle joined the Texans last season and played in 11 games. He lined up mostly at nose tackle, but at 300 pounds, he may be best suited to try his hand at defensive end.
Weight: 300 Pounds
Career Tackles: 10
Career Sacks: 0
The Louisville product recorded seven of his career 10 tackles for the Texans and could have a legitimate shot to start at defensive end if he could beat out Covington and a couple of other guys who could be in the mix.
His advantage as far as earning a roster spot comes back to his experience playing as a nose tackle in the middle of this defense. His versatility could lead him to fulfilling two roles on game day, an invaluable trait.
Season prediction: 10 tackles, 0.5 sack
Defensive End – Jeoffrey Pagan
Another young player looking to earn a spot is defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan. A sixth-round selection out of Alabama in 2014, Pagan is still trying to find his way in the NFL.
Weight: 310 Pounds
Career Tackles: 11
Career Sacks: 0
Pagan has the perfect size to play in the Texans’ three-man line, and also has experience with it predating his NFL days. Playing for head coach Nick Saban at Alabama, Pagan was able to get several years experience as a lineman in a pro style 3-4 defense before even joining the league.
Season prediction: 15 tackles, 1 sack
Defensive End – Devon Still
Signed to a futures contract after missing the entire 2015 season, defensive lineman Devon Still has the most recognizable name outside of Watt and Wilfork, but a long road to make the team.
Career Tackles: 40
Career Sacks: 0.5
He gained notoriety for his young daughter’s brave fight against cancer, but has yet to live up to his second round status on the field. A year off from the NFL probably won’t help him much as he tries to earn a spot on a new team, while learning a new system.
Season prediction: Cut before 53-man roster is finalized
Next: The rookie class