By: Barry Barnes, Founder
The offensive gems for the Houston-held NFL Regional Combine look promising in every sense of the word. Texas will be represented heavily with a collection stars that may have been forgotten along their collegiate journey.
Well, the forgotten will be recognized once again by the end of Saturday evening as the Houston Texans once again allowed NFL Football Operations to conduct the hungry talent search for the upcoming campaign.
The Texans has been gracious hosts over the last several years, and they look forward in witnessing more offensive pedigree to grace their training facility in the Methodist Training Center to assist them on their progress towards the Lombardi Trophy.
Last season, Buffalo Bills rookie offensive tackle Terran Vaughn made the transition from Stephen F. Austin to the RC in Houston before entering the NFL.
In regards to the Texans, running back Jonathan Grimes came through the NFL Regional Combine in 2012. The third-down specialist from William and Mary signed with the organization shortly after the 2012 NFL Draft and has been a mainstay ever since.
Last season, the Texans welcomed speedy rookie wide receiver Wendall Williams throughout the offseason. Before forming the 53-man roster, the Texans released the University of the Cumberland star, but re-signed him midway through the 2016 season. The outstanding receiver finished his rookie campaign with four receptions for 75 yards, averaging 18.8 yards per catch.
Who has the potential to join these two offensive studs from the RC platform in Houston? Several of the 58 participants has what it takes to get to the next level.
Just don’t know who – yet.
Justin Dvorak – Colorado Mines
Stephen Dane-Evans – Tulsa
Bart Houston – Wisconsin
Blake Jackson – Mary Hardin-Baylor
TE Natron Brooks – Mississippi Valley State
TE Emanuel Byrd – Marshall
TE Roclan Drain – Tarleton State
TE Ainslie Johnson – Illinois
TE Josh Kern – Arizona
TE Tyler Scalzi – Texas Tech
TE Jesse Williams – Huntingdon, Ala.
TE Nehemiah Winston – UC Davis
WR Jeremiah Baines – Angelo State
WR Larry Baker-Bruce – Eastern New Mexico
WR Ricardo Barnett – Houston Baptist
WR Terrance Barron – Mississippi Valley State
WR Matrick Belton – South Carolina
WR Samuel Benjamin – Rhode Island
WR Otis Brown – Fort Valley State
WR Devonte Clark – Houston Baptist
WR Bradley Connor – St. Ambrose
WR Tony Dawson – Houston Baptist
WR Kaymon Farmer – Southern Oklahoma
WR Jordan HIcks – Incarnate Word
WR Davis Iheanacho – Houston Baptist
WR Aaron Johnson – Eastern New Mexico
WR Justice Liggins – Stephen F. Austin
WR Art’e Miura – Northwestern Oklahoma State
WR Tracy Morrison – Howard Payne
WR Isaiah Mosher – St. Ambrose
WR Caleb Olivier – Texas Lutheran
WR Shakeir Ryan – Northwestern State, La.
WR Aaron Seward – Carson-Newman
WR Corey Slaughter – Kentucky State
WR Dante Smith – Southwestern University
WR Desmond Smith – Central Arkansas
WR Tyrian Taylor – New Mexico State
WR Joseph Traylor – Austin College
WR JaQuan White – Texas-El Paso
WR Daniel Wise – Colorado State-Pueblo
RB Roshard Burney – Texas Southern
RB Shaquille Cooper – Fort Hays State
RB Jordan Frost – Cincinnati Christian University
RB Jakhari Gore – Marian, Ind.
RB DeMichael Jackson – Central State,Ohio
RB Kievon Jackson – Langston
RB Gerard Johnson – Norfolk State
RB Deion Lilly – Houston Baptist
RB Jourdan McNeil – East Texas Baptist
RB Rodrion Moore – Oklahoma Panhandle State
RB Terence Olds – Sounther Nazarene
RB Jesse Rogers – Friends
RB Devlon Wortham – Southeastern Oklahoma
FB Jestin Kelly – Grambling
FB Michael Latu – Harding
FB Mark Martin – Bethel, Kan.
FB Desmond Maxwell – Western Kentucky
TB Harold Sanders – McPherson
C Austin Carson – West Texas A&M
C Dillion DeBoer – Florida Atlantic
C Caleb Smith – Gardner-Webb
G Jordan Baldwin – Northeastern State, Okla.
G John Clark – Southern Nazarene
G Adonis Cruz – Cheyney
G Jerome Daniels – Texas-El Paso
G Alexander Shaar – Colorado Mines
G Tarrance Wells – North Carolina Central
G Cameron Young – Weber State
T Christopher McGill – East Texas Baptist