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Texans build momentum in final rounds of NFL draft

The Texans continued building for the upcoming season in the final rounds of the NFL draft April 28 at Reliant Stadium.

Houston selected offensive center Ben Jones out of the University of Georgia with its 99th pick in round four.

“Everything you go investigate about Ben Jones is A-plus, plus: character, work ethic, and those types of things,” John Benton, a Texans offensive line coach, said. “He really is a role model.”

Also taken in round four was wide receiver Keyshawn Martin out of Michigan State University.

“We like his size. We like the way that he plays the game,” said Larry Kirksey, the Texans wide receivers coach. “He’s an outstanding player with the ball in his arms.”

Since the Texans brought in two wide receivers in third-round pick DeVier Posey and Martin out of East Lansing, Mich., Jacoby Jones must be wondering whether he’s on the trading block.

“Well, again … We’re creating competition right now, and again, as far as that, I don’t know that,” said Kirksey. “Right now, Jacoby’s here on this team, and we’re going to proceed that way.”

But for how long?

Jared Crick, a defensive end out of Nebraska, also joins the Texans.

“You see what the guy can do, what he’s done over his four years at Nebraska,” said Bill Kollar, who’s the Texans assistant head coach/defensive line coach. “His sophomore and junior year, he had a total of 19 sacks, so he can get after the passer and plays real good technique, so we really liked what we saw on film.”

Houston picked up the most accurate kicker in Texas A&M history, Randy Bullock, a Klein High School product, in round five.

“It feels great. It’s my dream, growing up in Houston,” said Bullock. “To have the opportunity to play in my hometown, it’s a dream come true.”

In the sixth round, Houston concluded its draft picks by selecting offensive tackle Nick Mondek out of Purdue University.

Football nation will find out how the new-look Texans do against Miami on Sunday, Sept. 9 in their season opener at home.

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