Dec 18, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans helmet on the sidelines against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Texans 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Long and the NFL: Houston Texans

Travis Long Profile

Houston Texans

Stacked Against the Pick:

The Texans have an intriguing crew of linebackers and are pretty strong across the board there. With Brian Cushing returning and the explosive young Whitney Mercilus and Brooks Reed already stepping in to compete for playing time, manning the position in the draft just isn’t necessary. Long doesn’t make sense at defensive end either, seeing that JJ Watt has one end locked and the other has a full slate of good youngsters that will have a nice battle already. Names include Jared Crick, Keith Browner and Antonio Smith.

The Perfect Storm:

The perfect storm for Long and Houston really is that the Texans just stay away. Even with a full recovery it will be tough to make that roster at any of those positions this Fall. I also don’t see the Texans 4-3 as the type of traditional defense that suits Travis.

While we’re talking about the Texans though, I will say that Long reminds me of a poor man’s JJ Watt in his relentless pursuit of the play. Don’t think Long has the athleticism and pure power that Watt possesses, but it’s an interesting comparison nonetheless.

Likelihood of Getting Drafted by Texans:


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  • Ronnie

    The Texans run a 3-4 defense not a 4-3.

    • All Coug’d Up

      Maybe he fits better than I thought then (D+?) LOL. JJ Watt makes it seem like a 4-4-4 with his ability to just roll double teams. Thanks for the info

      • Ronnie

        No problem. Not to complcate things, BUT, Wade Phillips refers to his defense as more of a 5-2 because of the way he attacks offenses. Most of the time he rushes both the outside linebackers along with the 3 defensive lineman sending 5 guys towards the backfield. Sometimes its 1 OLB and1 ILB , but he is still sending 5 guys.

        • All Coug’d Up

          So Watt either ends up 1-on-1 or getting chipped by a RB or TE. That’s pretty clever and works much better when you have a guy that can push the pocket. I know Phillips’ defenses have had trouble in the past, probably because sending 5 every time leaves a lot of holes in the secondary and if you don’t get that push up the middle the QB just picks you apart.