My annual trip to the Senior Bowl was as fruitful as the ones that came before it, but it'll end on Saturday with the game itself. More than likely, there's a future Houston Texan that'll be on that field on Saturday. So, here's a player at each position to watch on Saturday.
Quarterback - Jalen Hurts, Alabama/Oklahoma - Sure, the Texans have their present, and future, at the position in Deshaun Watson, but Hurts, first and foremost, is from the Houston area, Channelview, to be exact. Furthermore, he's an intriguing type of player who could bolster an offense with his all-around skills ala Saints weapon Taysom Hill.
Running back - Lamical Perine, Florida - I wouldn't say anything about Perine is elite other than his mental and physical toughness. He's a tough runner with the desire to make it at the next level and that's more valuable than it might seem.
Wide Receiver - Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty - The first name that came to mind watching AG-G was A.J. Brown (Titans). Y'all know him, right? AG-G is physical. He has some juice down the field. He's understated with little ego. He can ball out with the best of this outstanding receiving corps.
Tight end - Harrison Bryant, FAU - I would think after drafting three tight ends in the past two drafts that the Texans wouldn't look in this direction, but Bryant is a route-running fiend. He gave everyone issues when he ran his routes during the week.
Offensive tackle - Josh Jones, Houston - The Texans have their two tackles for the present and future, so it doesn't seem like a priority in the long run. Regardless, Jones really stepped up his game the last two days in Mobile. He'll probably be gone no later than the middle of the second round, but he's a Coug, so I'm pandering to friends at U of H a bit. He's an excellent player with elite length and tackle size.
Interior lineman - Damien Lewis, LSU - The Tiger star was one of the latest additions to the Senior Bowl roster, but he was stout all week long. He's not completely polished, but he's tough and physical at the point of attack, not to mention, he got a ton of pass protection experience in that LSU offense in 2019.
Defensive line - Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina - The Deerfield Beach, FL product pretty much did whatever he wanted to, up and down the line of scrimmage. He was dominant in all phases and very few offensive linemen had positive reps against him in any drill.
Edge rusher/Hybrid - Josh Uche, Michigan - He's the proverbial tweener or hybrid, but man, he can go get the quarterback. He's a whirling dervish of head fakes, shoulder dips, hesitations and explosiveness. The only issue, and it's a major one, is that I just don't know where I'd play him on first and second down. But, man, I love the chaos his pass rush provides.
Off-the-ball linebacker - Logan Wilson, Wyoming - I absolutely LOVE Wilson, but the Texans don't have a distinct need at this position with Zach Cunningham and Benardrick McKinney residing in the middle. Wilson pops on film and was even better in live action.
Safety - Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne - I didn't love the safety group in Mobile, but Dugger is one heck of a story, making a name for himself at a Division II university. He has excellent size and he runs extremely well for his size.
Cornerback - Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame - No cornerback was as consistently good as Pride, the former Irish dual sport star. Pride ran for the Irish track team, specializing in the sprints and his speed is evident. He's not a track athlete trying to play football, he's a fast football player. There's a huge difference and it showed all week long.