DeVier Posey, the Ohio State receiver taken 68th in the third round, is a value at that spot, the team believes. He was part of the Buckeyes crew suspended for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits, and the missed time as a senior lessened his profile and value on draft boards.
DeVier Posey played in just three games for Ohio State last season due to a suspension.
“We thought we had a talent that was comparable to some of the guys that were taken a lot earlier,” offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “At that point, we thought it was a good choice for us.”
“… He runs great routes and has good ball skills. He’s very precise in everything and works hard. He works in the run game. He’s a good-sized guy. He fits with the rest of our guys. We’re trying to supplement our wide receiver group and we think he does a good job with that.”
The Texans traded out of the second round (58th overall). The Giants drafted LSU receiver Rueben Randle 63rd between where the Texans would have picked and did pick.
At nearly 6-foot-5 and 353 pounds, he’s big for Houston.
“I’ve never coached a guy at that size, but we feel that he can do what we do,” Dennison said. “He moves around well. The East-West Shrine Game is where I first noticed him and he functioned and did very good for a guy that size. If you look at him, he doesn’t look like he weighs that much. Most of his weight is in his lower body. He can still run under a five-flat 40, which is what we ask our guys to do. We really don’t have, at least to my knowledge, we don’t tell everyone you have to be under 300.
Dennison said Brooks would work as a guard to start off.
Indications are he is strong, versatile -- he’s been projected as best in a man-blocking scheme, but has experience in the sort of zone system the Texans employ -- and football smart.
“I had three different offensive coordinators, so you name it, I ran it,” Brooks said. “I ran zone, inside, outside; I ran power, isos, draws, everything.”
With first-round outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, Posey and Brooks, the Texans have addressed their three biggest needs.