211th: Dorian O’Daniel, LB Clemson
What would a Houston Texans draft be without a former Tiger?! O’Daniel has the body of a big safety, but the athleticism of a middle linebacker. That’s why he’s fallen down draft boards after a pretty great 2017.
The thing that stands out most about O’Daniel is his special teams ability. He has an astounding 48 career tackles on special teams. New special teams coach Brad Seely will be salivating to get a guy like O’Daniel.
Aside from his special teams ability, O’Daniel just plays with a fire and passion that many can rival. He has a chance to be a really solid third linebacker for the Texans. Finding a backup for Zach Cunningham and Benardrick McKinney is a must in this draft. O’Daniel fits the bill and adds much needed special teams prowess.
214th: Troy Fumagalli, TE Wisconsin
The last time the Houston Texans dipped into the Wisconsin pool, it worked out pretty well. In case you don’t know, I am referring to JJ Watt. However, Watt isn’t the only Badger to come to Houston and produce. Former NFL tight end and longtime Texan Owen Daniels was a stud.
Fumagalli (pronounced foo-muh-GAH-lee) is a big tight end without much athleticism. This, however, did not stop him from producing at a high level at Wisconsin. Fumagalli had 135 catches for 1,627 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. He increasingly became part of the Badgers passing attack as an upperclassman.