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Texans Had Their Eyes On UConn Receiver MIke Smith In Draft, Snag Him As Rookie FA

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The Texans called former UConn receiver Mike Smith in the sixth round of the NFL Draft Saturday…

He had worked out for the team earlier this month.

“They called me about the sixth round, Coach Kirksey did – [Texans receivers coach Larry Kirksey] - and he was telling me they were really interested in me and stuff like that,” Smith said a short while ago. “They told me they wouldn’t be able to draft me because they didn’t have a seventh round pick but that they wanted to sign me immediately after the draft if I didn’t sign anywhere else or get drafted.

“I’m going to get a great chance to go out there and do what I’ve got to do, impress these coaches. Coach Kirksley likes me so i have to go in there and do what I’ve got to do. It doesn’t matter who is in front of me. I’m going to go in there work. You can’t go in there star-struck like ‘oh man there’s this guy or that guy’ when you’re trying to make a team you can’t have that type of mindset. You have to go out there and eat just like everybody else.” 

You know Mike is from Houston.

He said the Texans facilities are about 30 minutes from where he lives. Nice.

Teammates Trevardo Williams and Ryan Griffin drafted in the fourth and sixth rounds respectively by the Texans should really make Smith even more comfortable as he tries to find himself a place on the final 53-man roster.

The Texans start OTA (Organized Team activities) May 21, Minicamp start June 12. Continue reading