The Houston Texans announced today that they have signed two more of their 2006 Draft picks to the team. Running back Wali Lundy, who was selected by the Texans in the sixth round (170th overall) and wide receiver David Anderson, who was selected in the seventh round (251st overall) are now both officially Texans.
The signing of these two players means the Texans have signed nearly all of their draft picks, saving offensive linemen Eric Winston and Charles Spencer. The Texans have already made deals with DE Mario Williams (1st pick overall), LB Demeco Ryans (33rd pick overall), and TE Owen Daniels (98th overall).
Rick Smith, the Texans new general manager, must be working his magic with the draftees. Most NFL teams are still working on making deals with their draft picks, while the Houston Texans have almost signed every one of theirs. Smith has stated that Houston will have all draft picks signed before training camp begins on July 28th. With the rapid progress the Texans have made, it looks very likely that promise will be met.
Originally, the Texans seemed to be moving in the reverse of the typical order when signing draft picks. The first person signed was the first round pick Williams, and the second signed was second round pick Ryans. Usually teams work from the bottom of the draft back to the top.
Lundy (5-10, 214) was the only running back drafted by the Texans this year. He had a very successful collegiate career, scoring more than 50 touchdowns for his Virginia Cavaliers. He holds several school records, including most games played (49) by a running back and started 36 of those, the most games started by a running back for UVa in more than 20 years.
Lundy has made a significant impression on Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, as well as the rest of the offensive squad. Lundy will most likely see some playing time this year behind the Texans first string RB Domanick Davis, who is still rehabbing his knee after a late season surgery last year. If Davis gets hurt again, Lundy may have the opportunity to become the Texans leading rusher for the season.
Anderson (5-9, 194) is the Colorado Rams all-time leading receiver, making 200 receptions for 3,330 yards. He also is in his school's record books for scoring 20 touchdowns, which is the third most in school history. During his senior season he was named a semi-finalist for the downfield threat he may be given an opportunity to get on the field and prove himself. He has fantastic hands and eyes, and is always working for positive yardage. The Texans may find a use for him just yet.