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Houston Texans News: May 12, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, May 12, 2014.

Bob Levey

Houston Texans News

Texans deserve credit for solid draft - Ultimate Texans
In an NFL draft as deep and talent-filled as the one that ended Saturday, high grades were the standard.

Texans make Memphis DB Lonnie Ballentine Mr. Irrelevant with final pick in NFL draft | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: No question: Michael Sam stole Mr. Irrelevant's thunder this year. But Lonnie Ballentine has his own place in history by being the final pick of the 2014 NFL draft.

Clowney intent on making family, Texans proud - Houston Chronicle
An oversized young boy growing larger and larger inside a tiny one-bedroom apartment in a small Southern town, sleeping in the same bed with his overworked mother after his age reached double digits and living without a jailed, absentee father.

2014 NFL Draft: Texans get B for taking Tom Savage in 4th round -
It took two rounds longer than expected, but former Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage was finally drafted by the Texans with the 135th pick.

Max Bullough signs with Houston Texans, other Spartans sign free-agent deals | Lansing State Journal |
The best player on one of the best defenses in college football in 2013 was rewarded as such by the NFL draft, but the same wasn't true of some of Darqueze Dennard's closest cohorts.

Austin Brown signs with Houston Texans - INSIDENOVA.COM: Prince William
When the call finally came, Austin Brown collected himself and answered the phone with the Houston area code. Up until that point, he was nervous about landing with an NFL team.

Houston Texans 2014 NFL draft wrap-up - ESPN
HOUSTON -- A wrap-up of the Houston Texans' draft. Click here for a full list of Texans draftees. Best move: The Texans' selection of South Carolina...

Texans waste no time signing undrafted players - Ultimate Texans
Rice kicker Chris Boswell, Houston guard Kevin Forsch, Texas A&M receiver Travis Labhart and Baylor outside linebackers Chris McAllister and Terrance Lloyd are among the undrafted free agents agreeing to terms with the Texans on Saturday night.

Video: Texans cheerleader attends prom with high school football player - Ultimate Texans
Mike Ramirez is a high school football player who spent most of his time on the bench last season and works part-time at a local McDonalds. Caitlyn is a Texans cheerleader whose life is devoted to intense workouts, coaching tumbling classes and studying communications at the University of Houston.

Around the League

NFL Draft grades 2014: Green Bay Packers come out on top -
Here's our rapid reaction to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Undrafted free agent signings 2014: Tracking the NFL Draft aftermath -
Players not taken in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft become free agents, with teams hunting for the next John Randle or Wes Welker.

Watch Michael Sam become the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL -
Michael Sam had an emotional moment with loved ones after the Rams made him the 249th pick.

2015 NFL mock draft: Jameis Winston leads the year of the Seminoles -
The national champions are packed with NFL talent, led by their Heisman Trophy winner. But depending how the draft order plays out, he may not be the top choice.

AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel & the NFL's lazy narrative -
Remember when AJ McCarron was a high-character guy and Johnny Manziel was a selfish party boy? The NFL doesn't remember that either.

John Harbaugh rips ESPN on NFL Network -
The Ravens coach did not like what the sports network had to say about one of his draft picks.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 5, Orioles 2: "Pitching, defense, and the three-run homer" - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros win finale in Baltimore by playing Earl Weaver's brand of baseball.

Texas Longhorns shut out of NFL Draft for first time since 1937 - Burnt Orange Nation
None of the three Texas players projected to go in the 2014 NFL Draft heard their names called.

Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | Baseball on Verge of NCAA; Smith's Dream Call; Bethel Ready - Viva The Matadors
The baseball team, tennis teams and the softball team failed to make the NCAA's despite winning 35 games. Plus Nigel Bethel, II is ready to make an impact at Texas Tech and Will Smith received his dream call from the Cowboys.

NFL Draft 2014: Baylor Football Wrap-up - Our Daily Bears
After a slow start that saw no Bears go on days 1 or 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft, Baylor finished with 5 draftees and a host of other players headed to the League.

Manziel's Draft Day Recap - Good Bull Hunting
A recap of Johnny Manziel's draft day tumble, and his future with the Browns.

The Texas Longhorns Don't Have A Football Player Taken in the 2014 NFL Draft - Barking Carnival
Happy Mother's Day!

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - Which of the #Texans' 2014 draftees are you most excited about? #TTTQ