Houston Texans: 4 undrafted free agents who could earn roster spot
4. Javi Edwards, defensive lineman
In looking at Javi Edwards, a defensive lineman who played for the Colorado Buffaloes during his collegiate career, he is a very strong player and plays a position on the defensive line where the Texans need to be at their very best to set the tone for the rest of the team.
Edwards showcased his skills and strength at his Pro Day, where in the strength department he totaled 31 bench press reps at 225 pounds and ran a 4.97 40-yard dash. In his two years playing at Colorado, the defensive lineman competed in 22 games, where his totals included 61 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Being just 22 years old and also being a hometown Houston native, Edwards would be a great story for the Texans franchise too, plus at 325 pounds he could fill a lot of space on the defensive line to free up others behind him to make the big plays.
Another show of his strength, according to his Colorado biography page, is Edwards had a 550-pound squat his senior season, which was the highest of any player on the roster. Another thing that shows Edwards is able to overcome odds on the football field and make the Texans roster is he began his collegiate career at Blinn College before transferring to the Division I Colorado squad.
He also showed he can be a game-changer on the stat sheet too, as he totaled seven tackles against California on Nov. 24 and had a sack against New Hampshire.
The Texans need to make sure they are all squared away on their defensive line as they are the lifeblood of the unit, with the top defensive player on the team in J.J. Watt at defensive end. Houston needs to do all they can to have the best depth possible on the defensive line, and a player like Edwards could really make a difference if he’s able to hone all of his skills into something special as a pro player.