When Keith Mumphery got the call from the Texans, he wasn't surprised.
"I felt like I got the most interest from the Texans, but I didn't know what to expect," the 5th-round selection out of Michigan State said via a Saturday conference call. "I was just sitting back, embracing the moment with my family."
A wide receiver with the Spartans, Mumphery started for three years in East Lansing. As a senior in 2014, he averaged 19 yards per catch. The Texans definitely took interest in Mumphery in the runup to the Draft, and then on Saturday afternoon when he was picked 175th overall.
"Throughout the process, I felt like they were more interested because they were the only team that actually worked me out," Mumphery said. "I worked out at Michigan State. The workout was fun."
Mumphery caught seven career touchdowns and finished with 88 catches for 1,348 yards from 2011 to 2014. He cited his strengths as doing "everything with 110 percent effort" and making his teammates around him better.
Throughout this offseason, head coach Bill O'Brien has said the Texans needed to improve team speed and get better on special teams coverage. Mumphery emphasized, twice, that he's willing and able to contribute in that area.
"I can play every special teams, I can play every special teams," he said.
Mumphery grew up in the Atlanta area, and is currently pursuing a masters degree in communications.
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 4/8/2021)