The Texans added some beef to their offensive front by selecting Baylor center Kyle Fuller in the 7th round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
At pick 243 overall, Fuller started 39 games in his career in Waco. He was an All-Big 12 center his junior and senior seasons, and he played in the 2017 Senior Bowl. Fuller played his high school ball in Wylie, Texas, just north of Dallas.
"I'm from Texas so it's really a dream come true to be able to stay right here," Fuller said. "I'm happy."
Fuller said he's prepared to compete at the center or guard spots with the Texans, and he'll have to "go out there and give it my all" to earn a spot on the roster.
"I think I bring versatility for sure," Fuller said. "I'm a very physical guy. I'm a guy who likes to get out there and work every single day. Obviously I'm going to come in and I'm going to learn. I'm going to do what I need to do to get out there on the field."
As he's said since his first days as head coach in 2014, Bill O'Brien emphasized the value of versatility and how it was a decisive factor in taking Fuller instead of other players.
"One thing that put us over the top with him was his versatility on the inside," O'Brien said. "His ability to come in and be able to compete for a backup job at the guard spot in addition to the center spot."
General manager Rick Smith pointed out that Fuller was a three-year starter for the Bears, who also graduated a year ago in May.
Fuller will compete for an interior offensive line spot with Houston. He and the rest of the draft picks and undrafted free agents will begin rookie camp in two weeks at NRG Stadium.
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