Houston Texans: 7 Mid To Late Round Sleepers To Target

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Dec 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) rushes during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jaguars 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Thus far in this draft season we’ve focused on positions that the Texans are most likely to address early, inside and outside linebacker, wide receiver and cornerback.  There are a few individual players in the 1st round from other positions that also deserve a mention, which could temp the Texans to take them if certain players do not fall where they would like.

Those players are defensive linemen Malcolm Brown (Texas) and Arik Armstead (Oregon) along with Center Cameron Erving (Florida State).

Brown can play anywhere up and down the offensive line and would be a relatively conservative low risk pick but looks like he’ll be a tremendous pro.  Armstead is a raw but high, high ceiling guy (6’7”, 296 pounds) that is just scratching the surface of his ability and size.  Cam Erving has played everywhere on the offensive line, but really excelled once moved to center and with Chris Myers moving on, Erving and his flexibility could be a safe but valuable pick.

Although a team looks for starters and potential All-pros in these early rounds, a general manager’s success is not only measured in the early rounds.  Teams must hit on picks in the middle and later rounds as well with some solid rotational players, special teamers and an occasional diamond in the rough.

So what about after those middle and later rounds?  Who are some sleepers in that range that the Texans should keep an eye on?

Here is a quick mention of 7 guys that have caught our eye.

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