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Houston Texans News: April 3, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, April 3, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

Former Texan Antonio Smith opts to join Broncos - Ultimate Texans
Defensive end Antonio Smith, the former Texan the team was interested in bringing back, has instead agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos on a one-year deal.

Schedule for Houston Texans organized team activities, minicamp - AFC South - ESPN
The Texans' offseason program begins April 20, with OTAs on May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 and a mandatory minicamp June 16-18.

Antonio Smith lands with Broncos | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos haven't done much in free agency.  But they've done something now. According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, defensive lineman Antonio Smith has signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Broncos.

DL Antonio Smith, Broncos agree to one-year contract - The Denver Post
Looking to create competition and depth, the Broncos signed free-agent defensive lineman Antonio Smith to a one-year, $2-million contract Thursday.

John McClain’s first 2015 mock draft
Barring a trade, the Texans will pick smack dab in the middle of the first round of the NFL draft, which begins April 30 in Chicago.

Around the League

The NFL can't let go of the 2010 draft -
Danny Kelly explains why 2010 was the most important draft in recent NFL history.

Ereck Flowers is a big dude who's a big NFL Draft prospect despite his technique -
University of Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers does a lot of things well in spite of less than perfect technique. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White breaks down one of the draft's biggest blockers.

Rob Gronkoswski thinks CTE is the same as getting drunk -
Getting drunk is one of the most fun things people regularly do. Wilting away with crippling depression caused by brain damage is one of the least fun things people can do. Rob Gronkowski said they're pretty much the same thing.

2015 NFL Draft player rankings: Eric Kendricks tops the list of inside linebackers -
Few players are as complete at their positions as UCLA's Eric Kendricks. Because of that, he's the top inside linebacker in the draft this year.

Rise 'n Grind: The NFL's 4-city stadium shuffle rolls on -
Four cities, three teams -- someone is going to lose out in the league's race to Los Angeles.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros set minor leagues rosters; Correa and Appel to start in Corpus Christi - The Crawfish Boxes
Correa is coming to Corpus Christi, and hell's coming with him.

Rockets make come back, beat Mavericks 108-101 - The Dream Shake
The Rockets made a surprising comeback in the second half and are now sitting in second place in the Western Conference standings.

Shaka Smart will become next Texas Longhorns head coach - Burnt Orange Nation
The new era of Longhorns basketball should be fun to watch.

Texas players, signees react to Shaka Smart hire - Burnt Orange Nation
One reaction was particularly key, though it came from a second-hand source.

Texas Tech Recruiting Roundup, 4/2 - Viva The Matadors
This week I take a look at three recruits who could be Texas Tech's next signature commitment for the 2016 recruiting class.

TCU Baseball: Texas Tech Preview - Frogs O' War
After a midweek collapse against UT-Arlington, the Frogs look to get some conference momentum back this weekend in Lubbock. Plus; the Black Crowes and Michael J. Fox...

Last Day of #SpringBU 2015 Practices Today! - Our Daily Bears
View the FanShot on SB Nation.

This week's Wednesday Trendsday is completely phoned in.

Shaka Smart, Texas Longhorns Basketball Coach - Barking Carnival

Texas Longhorns Coaching Innuendo: Shaka's Fly Like Paper, Patterson's High Like Planes - Barking Carnival
Steve Patterson is on a jet plane to Richmond to meet with Smart face-to-face.

DaggaStats, Part II: College Basketball - Barking Carnival
An expansion of statistical football coaching analysis to roundball.