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Six draft picks, 15 signees, 16 tryouts at Texans rookie minicamp

HOUSTON -- The Texans' rookie minicamp practices start Friday and they'll have 37 new players on the field for it. Some young veterans with minimal experience can also participate.

All of the Texans' six draft picks will be at minicamp, even if they haven't signed yet. Fifth-round picks K.J. Dillon and D.J. Reader and fourth-round pick Tyler Ervin have signed deals, while the Texans work to bring top three picks Will Fuller, Nick Martin and Braxton Miller into the fold. Those who aren't yet signed by the time practice starts at 1 p.m. CT have signed waivers that protect them against injury.

They'll also have 16 players in for tryouts.

Here's is a list of the undrafted rookie signees who will be at minicamp and a note about each.

Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, UCLA: Fairbairn is one of the undrafted rookies with the best chance of making the team. He was the 2015 Lou Groza award winner and made 20 of 24 field goals. He is the first UCLA player to have at least 100 points in each of his four seasons.

Richard Leonard, CB, Florida International: A special-teams option for the Texans, Leonard can contribute as a kickoff returner. He also had a 100-yard fumble return for a touchdown in 2014.

Tevin Jones, Memphis WR: Receiver was a difficult position for the Texans to sign, given how deep the depth chart is for the Texans. Jones had 90 career catches for 1,215 yards in college. He contributed on special teams and had two blocked punts during his career.

Soma Vainuku, Southern California, FB: A combine invite, Vainuku had a strong performance in the bench press -- third-best among running backs. He's a strong player and has some potential as a lead blocker. The Texans already have Jay Prosch at the position.

Richard Mullaney, Alabama, WR: He was a graduate transfer to Alabama after spending his college career at Oregon State. He had 37 catches during the season, ranking third at Alabama.

Stephen Anderson, California, TE: He walked on to his college football team before proving he belonged there. Anderson has a 38-inch vertical and did a 119-inch broad jump, both among the best at the combine.

Wendall Williams, Cumberlands, WR: This 25-year-old fits in well with the Texans' theme from the draft. He's fast. Williams ran a 4.19 40-yard dash during a regional combine in March.

Arturo Uzdavinis, Tulane, OT: He comes from a small school and a program that struggled, which likely helped his reaching the undrafted ranks. Uzdavanis was Tulane's starting left tackle for the past two seasons.

Ufomba Kamalu, Miami, DE: Kamalu moved to America from Nigeria as a high school freshman. His learning curve on the field is still in its early stages.

Shakeel Rashad, North Carolina, OLB: The 6-foot-2, 235-pound player was a third-team all-ACC selection last year. He is from Jacksonville, Florida.

Joel Heath, Michigan State, DL: The Texans love bringing in Michigan State players and here's another one. Heath received more playing time at Michigan State once he added weight and moved from defensive end to defensive tackle.

Brennan Scarlett, Stanford, DE: Scarlett crossed enemy lines to play at Stanford as a fifth-year senior after spending four years at California. He was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention player with 5.5 sacks in 14 games.

Eric Lee, South Florida, OLB: Lee was a team captain in college and the senior class treasurer in high school. He was a second-team All-Conference selection last season, during which he had 12 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Duke Thomas, Texas, CB: Here's another fast guy whose 40-yard dash time is in the high 4.3 range. He played in the slot and at safety some in college.

Cleveland Wallace, San Jose State, CB: Wallace began his college career at Washington but returned to his hometown to finish. Because he transferred due to a family situation, he did not have to sit out a year. Wallace was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season.