Houston Texans: 3 Late round edge rushers for 2020 NFL Draft

Bryce Huff #55 of the Memphis Tigers (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Bryce Huff #55 of the Memphis Tigers (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images) /
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Bryce Huff #55 of the Memphis Tigers (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images) /

3. Bryce Huff, Memphis

There is a lot to learn of Memphis linebacker/defensive end Bryce Huff as he’s projected as a potential pick in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. One of those things to learn is where would he fit into the roster if apart of the Texans draft?

The Houston Texans have three seventh round picks, and if available, the Texans should show some interest in the edge rusher, as they really need to find a surprise player or two at this point of the draft. Huff in his senior season played in 14 games for a second straight year with the Tigers, totaling 6.5 sacks as a defensive end for the first time in his career.

In that first season as a defensive end, Huff also had 33 solo tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The previous season in ’18 as a junior (and a linebacker), Huff totaled 35 solo tackles, 9.5 sacks, two passes defensed and had a forced fumble.

Huff faced his toughest competition in his final collegiate game against the Penn State Nittany Lions. In that bowl game, Huff collected three solo tackles, a half-tackle for loss, and a half-sack.

Huff wouldn’t be a big risk in the seventh round of the draft, in fact, the reward far outweighs any risk with the Texans draft board having three seventh round selections if he were still available.

Dane Brugler of The Athletic has Huff ranked as the 32nd best edge rusher in the draft, though Huff was not invited to the combine in February. Still needing a lot of coaching to make a name for himself in the league, it would be fun to see the Texans have a prospect who could build his way onto the roster, and see if he can add to his overall skill set.