Two More Texans
Antwaun Molden (Getty Images)
Antwaun Molden (Getty Images)
Posted Jul 21, 2008
Charlie Bernstein

The Houston Texans have reportedly come to terms with third-round picks Antwaun Molden and Steve Slaton, terms were not disclosed.

Molden, the 79th overall pick from Eastern Kentucky, is expected to compete for a starting nickelback role in Richard Smith’s defense. Molden measures in at 6’1”, 198 lbs., and ran an impressive 4.39 second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Some of his other workout numbers include a 37.5” vertical leap, a 10’9” broad jump, 23 reps on the bench press, a 6.85 second three-cone drill, and a 4.14 20-yard shuttle.

Some of Molden positive attributes include a very strong upper body, large hands, durability, and he’s very coachable. Molden plays the ball well in air, and he is capable of playing bump-and-run coverage, as well as supporting the run. Wes Bunting of Cowboys Blitz had this to say about Molden—

“Molden is a physical press corner who has shown good balance and recovery speed throughout all of his postseason performances. He ran a better-than-expected forty time at the combine (4.40) and led all corners with 23 reps on the bench. His quick feet and explosive vertical leap (37.5 inches) didn’t hurt his cause either.

Molden was one of the rookies that drew the attention of Texans head coach Gary Kubiak during Houston’s OTA’s–

"It's amazing. You look at (Antwaun) Molden. You look at (Xavier) Adibi. The young tackle, Duane (Brown). The progress they have made, they've made it because they've gotten reps. It's almost like their first training camp before they've ever been to one in a lot of ways. We had some great work with them mentally. I would say those kids are -- I don't want to say any further ahead than some of the ones we have had in the past, but they are every bit as close to them. Hopefully, they'll help our team like our young guys have had in the past."

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