Texans: The Rich Get Richer at Tight End
James Casey (Getty Images)
James Casey (Getty Images)
Posted Apr 26, 2009
Charlie Bernstein

The Houston Texans selected their second tight end in as many picks as they made local star James Casey from Rice University their fifth-round pick.

Casey was largely overshadowed in college by record-setting wide receiver Jarrett Dillard, who was selected just a few picks earlier by division rival Jacksonville. Casey is a very intelligent player who once played seven positions in a single college game.

College Football News.com had this quick analysis on Casey–

An interesting player, the one-time star baseball prospect for the Chicago White Sox has great athleticism, good smarts, and the maturity. While he’s strong in the weight room, he wasn’t asked to block anyone at Rice and he’s not big enough to be much of a hitter at the next level. Purely a receiver, he’s not fast enough to break away from anyone or be used much as a consistent deep threat. And then there’s the age factor; he’ll be 25 when he starts his career. He’ll be a good, reliable mid-range receiver with a hard ceiling on his potential.

Casey will likely play some H-back in Houston’s offense as the 6'4", 235 lb. former Owl should cause some matchup problems for linebackers coming out of the backfield. Casey should help the Texans in the red zone.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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