Dylan Cole an undrafted free agent to watch?

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans may have a stud in linebacker Dylan Cole.

The great thing about adding rookies every year is not necessarily the top draft picks that teams like the Texans end up selecting.  But it’s also those players that go undrafted and develop into stars.

One player that did that with the Texans is cornerback A.J. Bouye who’s now with the Jacksonville Jaguars after signing massive free agent deal this offseason.

It looks like there is one undrafted rookie that’s standing out for the Texans.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com really like Texans undrafted rookie free agent linebacker Dylan Cole, out of Missouri State.

"When you see Cole’s body type and watch him play with such aggression on the field, it is hard not to think of current Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing. Cole is built like a pro wrestler and put on a show with his power, speed and explosiveness at his pro day this spring. Cole is a little tightly bound with average flexibility and agility, but he has an explosive burst to the ball when he’s able to play downhill. He could compete for a backup job at inside linebacker and turn some heads as a special-teamer."

The great thing for Cole is that there isn’t any pressure for him to make a huge impact right away on defense.

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If Cole can come in and perform well on special teams while learning the Texans’ defense, it will be a good first year for him.

With Brian Cushing not getting any younger and healthier, Cole could compete for a starting job with fellow rookie linebacker Zach Cunningham within the next two years.

The worst case scenario is that Cole adds some much needed depth to Houston’s defense.