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2012 NFL Combine Thoughts, Day Three

Clemson's Dwayne Allen had an impressive combine workout, but will likely go to some team in the second round (maybe even the first) who's looking for a three-down tight end. Houston would be going more for depth at the position, so I doubt he will be considered there. Pretty impressive athlete though. Would fit well into Houston's system.

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Oregon's David Paulson may be late-round sleeper for Texans. He's athletic but not fast. Doesn't have a lot of experience blocking as a down lineman, but was good blocking out of the slot in Oregon's offense. He also didn't catch the ball as well as the top tier guys, but made some good adjustments. He'd strictly be depth and insurance.

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As far as linemen go, I was really impressed with David DeCastro. Too bad he's likely to be gone way before Houston picks. He even snapped the ball as a center for drills on Saturday, so he could potentially replace Chris Myers if he leaves. Oh well.

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Fletcher Cox looked good in his 40-time. A big guy who can run a bit, Cox would make an excellent bookend for J.J. Watt. Unfortunately, with Antonio Smith on the roster, I doubt Houston will spend a first round pick on Cox and I don't see him falling into the second round for Houston.

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Luke Kuechly is another guy who really impressed on Monday. He is strong, was crazy productive at Boston College and could provide an athletic answer at middle linebacker for Houston. Again, though, Kuechly won't be there when Houston picks, which means they'll need to find that depth later on.

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Poe ran well, clocking in at a sub-5.00 40-time and also proved to be the strongest guy at the combine. That's impressive for players 50 pounds lighter than he is, which tells you why he's been sneaking into the first round. I still don't see Houston going for a nose tackle with that pick, but what do I know?

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Melvin Ingram is a sneaky name that Houston may go for if they lose Mario Williams. He's very athletic, but still has enough bulk to play on the outside of Houston's 3-4 with Barwin and Brooks Reed. He's strong, fast and would give Houston a great rotation of guys in there to rush the passer.

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