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  • Sun., Apr. 19, 2015 6:00 AM - 3:30 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon

    The all new Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital is April 19. Space is limited and this event will sell out, so register your kids today by clicking on this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/triathlon/home.html

  • Mon., Apr. 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT Spring Cleaning Sale at Go Texan Store

    Spring Cleaning Sale!

    It’s time to make room in your closet for lots of great new Texans gear! Stock up at our Spring Cleaning Sale April 20-21 with 20% off the entire store!*

    *Excludes sale and value items

    Store details - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

  • Tue., Apr. 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT Spring Cleaning Sale at Go Texan Store

    Spring Cleaning Sale!

    It’s time to make room in your closet for lots of great new Texans gear! Stock up at our Spring Cleaning Sale April 20-21 with 20% off the entire store!*

    *Excludes sale and value items

    Store details - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

  • Sat., Apr. 25, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT Play Safe Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Football Clinics! These clinics will highlight the importance of concussion awareness,  proper hydration, and nutrition.

    Special guests will include experts in related fields, Houston Texans Ambassadors, and Texans Cheerleaders!  Participants will hear from guest speakers and then take part in interactive football drills. 
    Play Safe Football Clinics
    9:30am: Check-in
    10:00am-12:30pm: Clinics

    March 7: Cinco Ranch High School
    March 21: James Driver Park
    April 11: Pearland Junior High West
    April 25: Capmbell Middle School

    These events are free, however registration is required. There are four different dates and locations to choose from. Space is limited, so register for a clinic near you today through this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/footballclinic.html
  • Thu., Apr. 30, 2015 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party pres. by Coors Light

    The 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light isThursday, April 30 at NRG Stadium.  The Draft Party begins at 5 p.m. CDT and the 2015 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. CDT.

    NFL Network’s draft coverage will be shown on the HD televisions throughout the 100 Level Concourse and Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 will broadcast live, with commentary and analysis from “The Voice of the Texans,” Marc Vandermeer, and a number of special guests. When the Texans make their first-round pick, fans at the Draft Party will hear from the player first as part of Texans Radio’s live broadcast.

    Texans Ambassadors will be on hand to sign autographs throughout the evening. Texans fans can also get their first glimpse of the 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleaders when the squad makes its debut performance at the event. 

    Young fans can play in the TORO’s Kids Club Zone presented by Kroger, which will feature interactive games, a balloon artist and appearances by TORO and Deep Steel Thunder. Fans can also take photos in Memory Alley located on the concourse. 

    Get more information on the event here.



  • Fri., May. 01, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant is a city-wide volunteer day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8AM - noon where Texans players, Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO and staff will volunteer alongside Texans fans!

    As an organization, the Texans make it a priority to give back to the Houston community. This day provides an opportunity to invite Texans fans to volunteer with the team to make a positive change. These organizations work to improve the standard of living for the young people of Houston, which aligns with the Texans mission to be Champions for Youth.

    There are plenty of locations across Houston, so sign up today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/volunteer-day.html!
  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM CDT NFL Draft Day 3 from Houston Texans Grille

    Stop by the Houston Texans Grille (I-10 & Beltway 8) on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, Saturday, May 2 from 10:30am – 6:30pm for a chance to announce a Texans Draft Pick live on TV or chance to win tons of other prizes!

    All of the Texans draft picks that day will be made by Texans fans live from the Grille, with at least one on NFL Network and the rest on NFL.com.

    Texans Radio with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer and special guests, will be broadcasting LIVE the entire time. Plus, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and Ambassadors will be there for autographs and pictures!

  • Tue., May. 05, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre, 12848 Queensbury Ln. Ste 208, Houston, TX 77024 (I-10 & Beltway 8), as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Wed., May. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Moms Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE

    The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Moms Clinic just for football moms on May 13th!

    This free clinic will provide moms with the latest safety information in concussion awareness, proper hydration and nutrition to prepare them for the upcoming football season.  These classroom-style instructions and interactive football drills will take place in the Houston Methodist Training Center.

    Space is limited, so register today at http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/momclinic.html!



2012 Path to the Draft: Nose Tackle

Posted Apr 21, 2012

Will the Texans draft a nose tackle in 2012? If so, Memphis' Dontari Poe and Michigan's Mike Martin are among the prospects they could consider.

*This article is part of our 2012 Path to the Draft coverage presented by Warehouse Pool Supply

A position-by-position look at the 2012 NFL Draft (April 26-28), featuring exclusive analysis on potential Texans draft picks from Wes Bunting and Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post

Path to the Draft: WR | G/C | OT | TE | RB | DE

State of the Position (@NickScurfield)
Will the Texans draft a nose tackle in 2012? They didn’t in 2011 despite a widespread belief among fans and media that they would and should.

After being hired last offseason, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips insisted that he didn’t need a giant nose tackle in his 3-4. He said he was happy with Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell. Many chalked it up to coach-speak, but then the draft rolled around and the Texans didn’t draft a nose. Then, free agency rolled around and the Texans didn’t sign one.

Then, the Texans ranked second in defense and fourth against the run in 2011. Cody, a seventh-year veteran, started all 16 games for the second consecutive season. He had 23 tackles (16 solo), one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Mitchell, a third-year pro, rotated with Cody and had 27 tackles (14 solo) and one sack. He also had a sack in the playoffs.

The Texans certainly could draft a nose tackle later this week, but they haven’t indicated it’s a priority.

“If you look at [Cody and Mitchell], take both of ‘em and say they’re your starter – they basically split time – they played extremely well,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. “And our defense played well all year long. There’s all kinda ways when you’re running a 3-4 – a lot of people think you need a big nose. Those two guys aren’t very big but they’re very active, and Wade has played with both and obviously was successful with those two guys last year, and we think the world of ‘em.”

National Football Post Analysis (@WesBunting, @JoeFortenbaugh for HoustonTexans.com)


1. Dontari Poe, Memphis (6-5, 350): A freakishly gifted athlete for a man his size, Poe grabbed the national headlines after a stellar combine performance in February that featured a sub-5.0 40-yard-dash. He has a rare physical skill set due to his combination of flexibility, power and get-off burst. However, Poe is still learning the nuances of the position and if he's willing to put in the time, he can mature into one of the leagues better interior presences. Nevertheless, because he's raw, the possibility of him struggling in the NFL is a possibility.

2. Alameda Ta’amu, Washington (6-3, 337): A four-year contributor who notched 50 appearances during his time with the Huskies, Ta’amu recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks in 2011. He’s a massive presence inside and possesses elite natural width and girth through his lower half, but doesn't look soft at all, as he carries his weight very well. Displays the ability to sit into his stance, keeps his base under him and generates a nice snap off the football.


1. Josh Chapman, Alabama (6-1, 310): Chapman didn’t roll up a gaudy stat line while playing for the Crimson Tide, but he anchored a defensive line that paved the way for linebackers like Dont’a Hightower to wreck havoc in the run game. He has the making of a starting caliber nose tackle at the next level in either a 3-4 and 4-3 front. Can consistently anchor on contact, is long armed and tough to move off the football. Also, Chapman is a better pass rusher than he’s given credit for. Will likely fall because of medical concerns, but could be a real bargain because of it.  

2. Mike Martin, Michigan (6-2, 304): One of the more powerful defensive linemen in this year’s draft class, Martin notched 64 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 13 games for the Wolverines last season. We consider him the kind of prospect you don't want to bet against. Martin is somewhat limited and doesn't have the kind of frame required to pack on more size, but we can see him working his way into a rotation as a nose tackle in the NFL and being the kind of player that coaches love.

DAY 3 NOSE TACKLE OPTONS AT 4.4, 4.26, 5.26, 6.26 AND 7.26

1. Damon Harrison, William Penn (6-2, 340): A four-year standout who recorded 224 tackles in 44 games at William Penn, Harrison is a thick, solid player with a really wide trunk, broad set of shoulders and massive lower half. He’s the kind of physically put together player who can develop as a nose in either a 3-4 or 4-3 front. In a weaker senior class at nose tackle, we would rather roll the dice on a kid with higher upside like Harrison than most of the average senior guys at bigger schools who are also likely to be drafted in the later rounds as well.

2. Hebron Fangupo, BYU (6-1, 330): He only amassed 32 tackles in 23 games at BYU, so it’s safe to say that Fangupo is a bit of a developmental project. A former JUCO player who transferred from USC to BYU following the 2010 season, Fangupo is a raw player who finally has learned to sit into his stance, play with his base down and fire off the football. However, despite his shorter frame, he still gets upright off the ball and will struggle with leverage at times in the run game.

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