The Houston Texans signed 16 undrafted free agents ahead of this weekend's rookie minicamp. Here is a closer look at each player.
Jake Cotton, G, Nebraska, 6-foot-6, 305 pounds: A legacy at Nebraska (his father also played there), Cotton was a senior captain and started every game at left guard last season. He helped pave the way for standout Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who became Nebraska's all-time leader in all-purpose yards.
Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State, 6-foot-1, 208 pounds: According to MLive.com, Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett nicknamed Drummond "The Matrix" for his ability to slow down what he sees and make pre-snap reads. Drummond started 34 consecutive games at free safety to finish his career with the Spartans and ranks seventh all time in career interceptions with 12.
Brandon Ivory, DT, Alabama, 6-foot-4, 308 pounds: Became a starter at nose guard during the 2013 season, and his powerful frame made him adept at eating blocks. Ivory was one of three defensive players last summer to be suspended for a violation of team rules, but he worked his way back to the team by the start of the season.
Will Johnson, P, Texas State, 6-foot-2, 206 pounds: Johnson was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference second team, and was one of two Texas State players to be invited to the combine. His career best was a 70-yard punt against Illinois.
Kendall Lamm, T, Appalachian State, 6-foot-6, 305 pounds: Appalachian State finished the season on a six-game winning streak, and during that time the offensive line allowed only one sack and the Mountaineers rushed for 291.2 yards per game. He started all 12 games his senior year at left tackle.
Khari Lee, TE, Bowie State, 6-foot-4, 235 pounds: He entered Bowie State as a walk-on and left garnering NFL interest as 24 teams attended his Pro Day. Lee started 10 games as a senior and led the team in receptions with 34 for 389 yards.
Greg Mancz, C, Toledo, 6-foot-4, 301 pounds: Because of his recovery from a torn labrum suffered at the East West Shrine Game in January, Mancz will be limited early in camp, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. Mancz has versatility and played most of his career at right guard and center, but the Texans will focus on him at center for now.
Mike McFarland, TE, South Florida, 6-foot-5, 252 pounds: He redshirted at Florida in 2010, then transferred to USF and was given a waiver to play immediately. He had a career high 27 catches for 315 yards as a senior.
Cam McLeod, DE, Ohio, 6-foot-5, 282 pounds: After beginning his post-high school playing career at Jones County Junior College, McLeod transferred to Ohio. He had 12 solo tackles and two sacks last season, his second at Ohio.
Dan Pettinato, DE, Arizona, 6-foot-4, 277 pounds: He had 22 solo tackles, two forced fumbles and four sacks last season. Pettinato also had a 31-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Utah in November.
James Rouse, DE, Marshall, 6-foot-5, 271 pounds: He missed most of two seasons because of Achilles and back surgeries, so he was granted an extra year of eligibility. He was a first-team All-Conference USA selection for his final two seasons. He finished his career with 101 tackles, 25 for loss and 8.5 sacks.
Chad Slade, G, Auburn, 6-foot-5, 315 pounds: Slade was a four-year starter at Auburn. He began his 2014 season as a left guard, but moved to right guard on September 27. His 49 starts rank second among SEC offensive linemen and fourth in Auburn history.
Carlos Thompson, OLB, Mississippi, 6-foot-5, 243 pounds: Thompson had 29 tackles, eight of them solo last season. According to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, Thompson was a rotational defensive end who was slightly better playing standing up than he was with his hand on the ground. Thompson was listed as a defensive end in college.
Lynden Trail, OLB, Norfolk State, 6-foot-7, 269 pounds: Trail is an athletic player who began his college career at Florida before transferring to Norfolk State. Trail was used some at tight end during the senior bowl, so it will be interesting to see the variety of ways in which the Texans use him.
Tony Washington, OLB, Oregon, 6-foot-4, 247 pounds: Washington's most memorable play from college was when he stripped Florida State quarterback and this year's first overall pick, Jameis Winston in the Rose Bowl and returned the fumble 58 yards for a touchdown. He had 11.5 tackles for loss, with a team high of 76 yards lost on those. Among those were six sacks.
Chandler Worthy, WR, Troy, 5-foot-9, 173 pounds: Worthy caught 44 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns last season, and he also rushed 12 times for 55 yards. He could be a candidate as a returner, having 27 kickoff returns for 407 yards and two touchdowns last season.