Several quarterbacks saw their stock plummet down the draft board in the 2013 NFL Draft. Several prospects went undrafted, but weren’t without work for very long. Kansas State quarterback Colin Klien told reporters that his phone started ringing shortly after the draft ended and after discussing matters with his family and agent, he decided on the Houston Texans.
Klien, six-foor-five, was thought to be a player that might have to change positions in order to continue his football career. Several pundits suggested that he could convert to running back given his mobility. Klien told reporters that the Texans will utilize him at the quarterback position. Several pundits compared Klien to a Tim Tebow-like player at the position.
Klien confirmed the move on his Twitter account, posting “I am so excited and honored to be given a chance to compete for the Houston Texans! #Godidgood #gotowork.”
This is a low risk move for the Texans. Klien does not have to step in right away and hit the field, he can remain on the roster for a few seasons in order to learn the offense as the team needs to start thinking about an eventual replacement for starting quarterback Matt Schaub.
According to reports, the Texans have added a few more undrafted free agents to the mix after the draft. Houston has reportedly signed Syracuse WR Alec Lemon. Lemon finished the year with 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and finished the year as a first-team All-Big East player. The Texans added two running backs as well. University of Arkansas RB Dennis Johnson and University of Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham.
Graham suffered a torn ACL during the 2011 season and once possesses great quickness. Prior to his injury, Graham was averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Durability concerns caused his stock to slide. Johnson has great versatility and can play in the return game. NFL.com suggested that he could be the best third-down back coming out of college football in 2013. Ball security issues have plagued him during his college career.