Rookie Nose Tackle – D.J. Reader
The final draft pick for the Texans this season could prove to be the biggest steal. Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader has the perfect size and uncommon athleticism for a big guy to eventually become a force as a nose tackle in the NFL.
Weight: 327 Pounds
Career Tackles: 72 (Clemson)
Career Sacks: 4 (Clemson)
Reader was a great athlete in high school as proven by his basketball skills. He then went to Clemson and was a backup defensive lineman and a member of the baseball team as well.
He played along the line with some very talented Clemson linemen, and finally earned his way to the starting lineup.
He did have a little hiccup on the field as he took time away from the team to start the 2015 season, but returned in October looking rejuvenated and fresh. He should be able to win the main backup nose tackle spot behind Wilfork this season.
Season prediction: 20 tackles, 2 sacks
Undrafted Defensive End #1 – Joel Heath
The Texans seem to be high on the upside of Michigan State undrafted free agent Joel Heath.
Weight: 293 Pounds
Career Tackles: 60 (Michigan State)
Career Sacks: 4.5 (Michigan State)
He may end up being a numbers crunch, but the players ahead of him haven’t shown enough to lock up a roster spot. Currently he is far down the depth chart, but could change that with a solid training camp.
Season prediction: Practice squad member
Undrafted Defensive End #2 – Ufomba Kamalu
Former Miami Hurricane Ufomba Kamalu comes to the team with the ideal size to play end in the Texans’ system, and had a solid career for the Hurricanes.
Weight: 295 Pounds
Career Tackles: 94 (Miami)
Career Sacks: 8 (Miami)
He isn’t considered a pass rushing threat at the NFL level, but could blossom into a run stuffer with his power. He moved to the U.S. as a freshman in high School and has a real chance to make the final roster for the Texans due to his fit as a 2-gap defender.
Season prediction: 10 tackles, 3 for loss