Texans add running back depth with the selection LSU's Alfred Blue with 181st-overall pick. Houston's second pick of the sixth-round came via the Oakland trade for Matt Schaub. Blue, 6-foot-2 and 223 pounds, played in 40 games, earning seven starts in four years. He rushed for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns, catching 16 passes for 107 yards.
During his junior year, Blue was the SEC's No. 2 rusher heading into Week 3. After having back-to-back games with 100-yard rushing performances, a knee injury against Idaho ended his season. He made his return in 2013, rushing for 343 yards and one touchdown and catching five passes for 62 yards in 13 games. Blue brings versatility, a quality that head coach Bill O'Brien has emphasized is important in his players.
The Houston Texans selected five players in the sixth and seventh rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.
"I say I'm more of a balanced runner, a mixture of speed and power, a lot of versatility," Blue said. "I'm 6-foot-2, I can block, I can catch, move me out in the receiver spot. I can just do a whole lot."
Blue looks up to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, especially while working to come back from his own ACL injury.
"Just growing up watching him, and watching what he overcame with the ACL," Blue said. "He was a lot of motivation for me, too, when I tore my ACL. Watching him come back, what he did was unbelievable."
The Texans made roster changes at running back this offseason, adding Andre Brown after losing Ben Tate to free agency.