Texans met with Florida DT Joey Ivie at pro day

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There’s a good chance the Houston Texans will add a defensive tackle this offseason.

Aside from quarterback and right tackle, it would be nice if the Houston Texans could find a defensive tackle in this year’s NFL draft.

As of right now, the only nose tackle the Texans have on their roster id D.J. Reader. I’m sure they will acquire another one at some point.

The Houston Texans met with defensive tackle joey Ivie at Florida’s pro day, according to Patrick Starr of State of the Texans.

"The Houston Texans have met with Florida Gators defensive lineman Joey Ivie at their Pro Day. Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel was in attendance which gives the pro-day a little different meaning with him there."

At 6-3, 301 pounds, I’m not sure if Ivie is big enough to clog up the middle as a run stopper.

It doesn’t sound like NFL teams that run a 3-4 defense–like the Texans–can expect Ivie to be the space eater that they need.

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Here’s what Ivie’s NFL.com draft profile says:

"Ivie doesn’t have the power or mass to handle run-stopping duties at the point of attack and he is lacking the length teams want from 3-4 defenders. Ivie is a try-hard player who can eventually work himself into a favorable position, but he lacks the desired traits to produce on the pro level."

I get the feeling that Ivie might be a better fit as a 3-4 defensive end than a defensive tackle.  He showed off his speed while running a 4.97 forty yard dash during his pro day.  That’s not bad for a big guy.

Right now Ivie is not expected to get drafted.  If the Texans want him, they will likely be able to sign him as an undrafted free agent.