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Houston DE Eric Eiland is available to be selected in the Supplemental Draft.

Tony Pauline said as much in February. Eiland started 10 games last season and produced 3.5 tackles for loss. The 27 year old spent four years in the minor league baseball circuit after he was selected in the second-round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Apparently he tried to enter April's draft but screwed up the paperwork.
Jul 3 - 2:20 PM

Houston senior CB William Jackson "brings length and quickness to the Houston defensive backfield, with NFL potential," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder had 10 pass breakups, 37 tackles and two interceptions last year. Brown ranks him as the No. 18 defensive back in the land. Jackson briefly considered jumping to the NFL after last season and was believed to have received a third- to fourth-round grade from scouts.
Jun 28 - 5:47 PM

Houston senior CB William Jackson "is getting stronger each year and possesses the height and quickness that impresses NFL defensive back coaches," observes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder began his career at Trinity Valley Junior College and has been contributing at Houston since 2013. "He stepped up his game to become a second-team American Athletic Conference pick (two interceptions, 10 pass breakups) as a junior," Reuter wrote. Another step forward by Jackson would spur a jump up boards.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 18 - 6:17 PM

Houston HC Tom Herman has "to prove that he can keep the momentum he has going from his days as a Buckeye and turn around the Houston offense and get this team back to being a contender for a conference title," notes the Sport Quotient.

Herman agreed to take over the Cougars after helping to lead Ohio State to a national championship last year. Houston had a pretty good defense last year, so Herman's first task lies in fixing a sputtering offense which gave up 2.62 sacks per game in 2014. If Herman succeeds at Houston, he'll have his choice of high-profile positions opening up over the next few winters.
Jun 7 - 9:15 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill believes Houston DT commit Ed Oliver is a three-and-out candidate.

"If Oliver sticks with his commitment to Houston he is going to stand out early not only within the Cougars' roster, but in their conference," Luginbill wrote. "This kid is a load and is again, at defensive tackle, playing a position of major importance." ESPN ranks Oliver as the No. 6 prospect in the 2016 ESPN 300. The Cougars are going to have to beat away a myriad of suitors to keep Oliver's pledge.
Jun 4 - 4:45 PM

Oregon transfer Chance Allen has been granted immediate eligibility with Houston.

Allen, a redshirt junior, is transferring closer to home to help with a family situation. The NCAA likely took the circumstance under consideration and granted him an exemption. Allen has barely recorded any receiving stats during his college career.
Jun 4 - 10:11 AM

Houston received the commitment of 2016 4-star DT recruit Ed Oliver.

Oliver was ranked as a 4-star recruit by Rivals and the seventh recruit in the state of Texas. Other services rank him second in the state and a 5-star recruit. It is a big signing for Tom Herman, the Cougars' new head coach. Herman will add Oliver for the 2016 season.
May 22 - 11:48 AM

Former Houston redshirt sophomore WR Ra’Shaad Samples transferred to Oklahoma State.

The speedy wide receiver is a former four-star recruit and a member of the Rivals 250 in 2013. He posted three catches for 11 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Samples' father Reginald Samples is the head coach at Duncanville High School. He's considered a key figure in Texas recruiting circles. The younger Samples is eligible to play again in 2016.
May 6 - 8:11 PM

Cowboys signed Houston WR Deontay Greenberry.

Greenberry (6'1/211) went to Houston as a five-star recruit and started each of his three years on campus, parlaying 201 catches into 2,612 yards (13.0 YPR) and 20 TDs. Not invited to the Combine following a disappointing 2014, Greenberry ran 4.50/4.52 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump at the Cougars' Pro Day. Greenberry dropped 11 passes last season -- second most in the country -- and is neither a vertical stretcher nor a dominator at the short or intermediate section. He still has an intriguing enough track record to be worth monitoring in Dallas, where the team lacks world beaters beyond Dez Bryant.
May 5 - 1:33 AM

Houston DL Joey Mbu "is drawing interest from the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans, who will be working him out," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The Cougars' prospect clocked a 5.50 forty with a 7.89 3-cone and 4.84 short shuttle at his pro day. Mbu, who couldn't bench press at the combine due to a pectoral strain, hoisted up 21 reps at the event. NFL.com compares Mbu to Jerrell Powe. "Football and personal character are sky-high, according to regional scouts," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote.
Mar 26 - 11:48 PM

Houston WR Deontay Greenberry clocked a low 4.5s in the 40 at the school's pro day event.

Greenberry, of course, wasn't invited to the combine, becoming perhaps the most high-profile snub. Only the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens skipped Houston's event. 6-foot-1, 211-pounder added a 4.31 short shuttle and 7.21 3-cone. "The early impressions were Greenberry looked good," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Greenberry is worth a "gamble" in the fifth- or sixth-round.
Mar 26 - 10:27 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Houston WR Deontay Greenberry is worth a "gamble" in the fifth- or sixth-round.

Greenberry "has some size and big play ability but too many drops in traffic," Jeremiah tweeted. The Houston receiver was not invited to the NFL Combine after declaring early, topping many peoples' snub lists. However, a number of prospects every single year get drafted and even produce early despite not attending the Combine. Greenberry would likely qualify as an "upside" selection.
Mar 9 - 10:51 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Houston senior DE Eric Eiland is "very likely to enter the supplemental draft."

Eiland appeared in all 13 games last season, making 10 starts and posting 44 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, a half sack, and an interception. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder is a former second-round pick by the Blue Jays who played four years of minor league baseball after originally signing with Texas A&M in 2007. "Eiland, who’ll turn 27 years old this September, intended to enter April’s draft but did not fill out the necessary paperwork," Pauline wrote.
Feb 22 - 10:02 PM

Houston DL Joey Mbu will not bench press at the Combine due to a pectoral strain.

Mbu is an anchor nose tackle with some movement skills. The bench is one of the more glorified Combine events, but more importantly is functional strength on the field. Mbu can bench at his pro day later in the process.
Feb 20 - 10:06 AM

An AFC defensive line coach said Houston coaches rave about DT Joey Mbu.

"The coaches at Houston can't stop talking about how good the kid is and what kind of leader he is," said the defensive line coach. NFL.com compares Mbu to Jerrell Powe. Mbu must get stronger and also learn to harness his aggressiveness on the field to cut down on over-pursuit mistakes. "Football and personal character are sky-high, according to regional scouts," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 2:24 AM


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