Texans checking out Marlon Mack, Rodney Adams at USF pro day

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The Houston Texans could be looking to boost their offense as they check out both Marlon Mack and Rodney Adams at USF’s pro day.

Running back Marlon Mack and wide receiver Rodney Adams are both explosive prospects that the Houston Texans could snatch up late in next month’s NFL draft.

The Texans are one of several NFL teams attending the University of South Florida’s pro day.

Both Mack and Adams decided not to run the forty since they already did so at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network believe Mack is a mid-round prospect and has a chance to become a star.

"With that in mind, teams should pay close attention to South Florida RB Marlon Mack as a middle-round possibility with star potential. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound runner is a three-time 1,000-yard rusher with a game tailor-made for the NFL. Mack is a nifty runner with outstanding vision, balance and body control. He shows terrific patience with the ball in his hands and is a “pick-and-stick” runner with sneaky wiggle and burst. Mack can make defenders miss in the hole with a jump cut or slip past multiple defenders with a slick stop-start move that’s perfect for the pro game."

NFL.com‘s draft profile compares Mack to Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson.

Mack rushed for 1,187 yards and 15 touchdowns during his final season at USF. He finished his career with 3,609 yards and 32 touchdowns on the ground.

I’ve mentioned before that I wouldn’t be surprised if the Texans select a running back in this year’s draft in order to take some of the load off of Lamar Miller’s shoulders so they can keep him fresh for an entire season.

With Mack expected to go in the mid-rounds, that’s a perfect spot for Houston to take a back up running back.

While Mack is a possibly mid-round pick, Adams on the other hand is projected as a seventh round pick and could even go undrafted.

Adams caught 67 passes for 822 yards and five touchdowns last season.  He finished his USF career with 137 receptions for 1,982 yards and 16 touchdowns.

At 6’1″, 180 pounds, Adams has pretty good size for a wide receiver. He’s considered by NFL.com‘s draft profile to be a slot receiver in the NFL due to his shiftiness and explosiveness.