The Houston Texans need to have a great draft this year to try to get over the hump they’ve hit the past two years. Houston took a few big hits this season, losing fullback James Casey, safety Glover Quin and OLB Connor Barwin. Houston has addressed the issues at fullback and safety with the addition of Ed Reed and Greg Jones, but they still need to address the hole left at outside linebacker.
Houston could do just that by selecting Texas A&M outside linebacker Sean Porter. Houston has recently shown interest in him and for good reason. Porter is projected as a third round pick and would be a great fit with the Texans. He has a great mixture of size, speed and agility. He measures in at 6’1″, 230 pounds, clocked in at a 4.6 40 time at the NFL combine, and bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times as well as posted a 35 inch vertical.
As a senior, Porter rallied up 66 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception, 6.5 tackles for a loss, four passes deflected and one forced fumble. As a junior he had 9.5 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss. Porter played part of last season with a hamstring injury, which prevented him from fully participating in the combine and does partially account for the slight drop-off in production last season.
Porter projects more as as 4-3 linebacker, so if Houston does draft him, they will most likely work with him to add on about 10-15 pounds to transition him to play as a 3-4 guy.
Porter would be a great addition for Houston if he falls to the third round. He will be a bit of a project because of his size, but with the right training and effort from him and the coaches to get him where he needs to be, Porter can be another Barwin type linebacker for them.