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Houston Texans News: May 2, 2016

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National media gives Texans solid grades on NFL draft - Houston Chronicle
Now, that the draft is over, the media is doing its best to let everyone know who won and who lost this weekend.

AFC South Grades for 2016 NFL Draft: Texans, Jaguars make right calls - CBSSports.com
The splashy moves in free agency for the Houston Texans were complemented by a terrific draft, pushing them into contention in the AFC South.

Texas Southern punter Cory Carter invited to Texans rookie minicamp - Houston Chronicle
Texas Southern punter Cory Carter has accepted an invitation to attend the Texans' minicamp on a tryout basis.

Texans' DeAndre Hopkins: 'Ain't no more double teams baby!' - Houston Chronicle
Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins' star turn last season wasn't an uninterrupted path to the Pro Bowl.

Texans notebook: Undrafted free agent deals - Houston Chronicle
A roundup of the Texans' undrafted free agent signings.

Speedy selections perhaps offer Texans a quick fix - Houston Chronicle
The Texans picked up so much speed in the draft and free agency they may have to borrow the Astros' radar gun to see how fast they are. Going into the offseason, coach Bill O'Brien pursued a need for speed after watching too many of his players move as if they were running in wet cement.

2016 NFL draft: Texans finally take a defensive player in K.J. Dillon - NFL Nation- ESPN
After focusing heavily on offense in the early rounds of the draft, the Texans finally took a defensive player in K.J. Dillon in the fifth round.

Around the League

2016 NFL Draft Grades
Pick-by-pick analysis and grades for every single team.

Senior Bowl Proves As a Starting Point For the 2016 Houston Texans Draft Class - Houston - Scout
The Houston Texans built their 2016 draft class with a purpose and it started at the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl.

Undrafted free agent signings 2016: Every team's pickups in one place - SBNation.com
Will any of this year's undrafted free agents match La'el Collins?

NFL Draft grades 2016: Which teams won the draft? - SBNation.com
Washington, San Diego, Buffalo all had what look like the top classes.

Titans make Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed the Mr. Irrelevant of the 2016 NFL Draft - SBNation.com
Southern Miss cornerback Kalan Reed was named the 2016 Mr. Irrelevant.

Why did the Patriots make a flurry of weird draft trades? - SBNation.com
This may have gotten a little bit lost in all the hoopla around teams actually making selections, but the Patriots are doing some interesting things with their NFL Draft capital this year.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 2, A's 1: Dialogue at a truck stop - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros won, but it sure feels like a consolation prize after a dismal April.

Is Daryl Morey on the hotseat? - The Dream Shake
In today's Rocket Fuel: The Rockets off season plan is predicted and analyzed, while Daryl Morey looks to be on the hot seat.

Texas QB commit Sam Ehlinger invited to Elite 11 Finals - Burnt Orange Nation
A strong performance a long way from home earned the 2017 Longhorns quarterback pledge a big honor.

Texas Tech Wins Series Against TCU With A 3-1 Victory - Viva The Matadors
Great pitching and opportune hitting pushes Tech past the Frogs, putting them in the driver's seat for the Big 12 regular season title.

Bordering on Great: Frogs Lose Series to Texas Tech - Frogs O' War
Even though TCU gave themselves plenty of chances to get a win on Sunday, they were unable to capitalize when it mattered. The Red Raiders took control early & never truly relinquished it as they claimed a 3-1 victory to take the series in Fort Worth.

NFL Draft 2016: The Dallas Cowboys Select Baylor TE Rico Gathers in 6th Round - Our Daily Bears
The Dallas Cowboys drafted Rico Gathers 217th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Six Texas A&M players sign as undrafted free agents - Good Bull Hunting
Gig 'Em, UDFAs.

North Texas Football Spring Recap - Underdog Dynasty
Quarterback battles, freshman stand-outs and a defense that looks brand new. Check out what North Texas was up to this spring.

DT Rewind: Week of April 24 - Dynamo Theory
Houston Dynamo loss. Dash tie. Rough week in Houston.