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Houston Texans News: April 29, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

What if? Rethinking some Texans first-round draft picks - Ultimate Texans
The fun part of the NFL draft is that drafting is an inexact science. Guys who are supposed to be sure things don’t pan out at all while longshots sometimes find their way to stardom.

Report: Texans reach deal with RB Chris Polk | ProFootballTalk
After having his contract offer yanked by the Eagles last week, running back Chris Polk has found a new home. The Texans have reached a contract agreement with Polk, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported.

Need help getting out of work? Texans star J.J. Watt has you covered (updated) - Ultimate Texans
Ask and you shall receive.

Texans’ Controversial First Round Pick – This Forgotten Day in Houston - Bayou City History
On this day, the Texans had the first pick in the NFL draft, and while many thought they would take USC’s Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, they instead chose a defensive end out of N.C. State. So, was Mario Williams the right pick? Compared to Bush, absolutely.

Rapoport: Jaguars, Texans, Dolphins in play for Todd Gurley -
Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley is a possibility for, among other teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins in the NFL draft, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.

Texans Transcripts: Rick Smith press conference
Rick Smith spoke about the upcoming NFL Draft.

Texans could still draft a QB in early rounds - Ultimate Texans
The Texans have a looming quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. The team also has third-stringer Tom Savage, a fourth-round pick in 2014.

Chris Polk to join Houston Texans
Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Chris Polk agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans, according to a league source.

Prospect of the Day: Owamagbe Odighizuwa
Quite frankly of all of the pass rushers that I’ve seen, Odighizuwa might be the freakiest of the freaky.

Around the League

Eli Harold is the most frustrating pass rusher in the 2015 NFL Draft -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White breaks down the tape on a talented prospect facing a steep learning curve in the NFL.

Filling every team's biggest need in the NFL Draft, early and late -
Every team's biggest need won't be filled in the first round. Here's who they could be going after later in the draft.

Joe Thomas says Johnny Manziel's commitment is 'night and day' from last year -
Thomas has seen a transformed Manziel in the Browns facility this month, saying that the troubled quarterback has finally realized that the NFL is "a big boy's game."

What it's like to be picked in the NFL Draft's 1st round -
Chance Warmack, the 10th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, sat down with Danny Kelly to look back at his night in the green room and where his professional career has taken him since then.

MMBM: Greg Hardy and the no-good terrible, very bad week -
Greg Hardy is his own worst enemy.

Phillip Dorsett needs the damn rock when he gets to the NFL -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White puts Miami WR Phillip Dorsett under the microscope ahead of the draft.

Rise 'n Grind: The Eagles are keeping Sam Bradford after all. Maybe. -
We're talking deals this morning, real and imagined.

What do we really know about the Broncos' backup quarterback? -
Brock Osweiler has been vaporware behind Peyton Manning since being selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Come this weekend, the Broncos may finally make a definitive statement on how they view the quarterback's future.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros SS Lowrie placed on DL for thumb surgery - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros have placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the disabled list with a torn thumb ligament.

The Rockets finish off the Mavs 103-94 in Game 5 and advance to the Conference Semifinals - The Dream Shake
It didn't start out pretty, but by the time it was over, it was beautiful.

Anderson twins commit to the Texas A&M Aggies - Burnt Orange Nation
So, is it time to worry yet?

What Happened To Davis Webb This Past Season? - Viva The Matadors
Is Davis Webb secretly auditioning for Friday Night Lights? Or was he brainwashed by Tommy Tuberville in order to eliminate our program from the inside?

FOW Draft Profiles - Tayo Fabuluje - Frogs O' War
The offensive lineman wasn't always a lock for the pros; but two schools, three jobs, and many miles later, he seems destined to hear his name called before the end of the NFL Draft.

Did Art Briles Just Drop a Major Baylor Scheduling Spoiler for 2020/2021? - Our Daily Bears
Art Briles went on this week's Audible podcast with Stewart Mandel to talk Baylor Football, including LaQuan McGowan, the defense, and a potentially huge announcement in future scheduling.

Point/Counterpoint: Beveling the Texas A&M Seal - Good Bull Hunting
We learned Tuesday afternoon that the Board of Regents will meet on Wednesday to decide whether or not to add a beveled A&M logo to the official University seal. Obviously, this will have a...

Class of 2018's Jalen Preston gets an offer from Texas Longhorns, Tennessee Volunteers - Barking Carnival
Hook 'em.