Better Late Than Never for Houston
Troy Nolan
Troy Nolan
Posted Apr 26, 2009
Charlie Bernstein

Many thought the Texans would select a safety much sooner, but the Texans decided to pull the trigger on Arizona State safety Troy Nolan with the 14th pick in the seventh round.

Arizona State safety Troy Nolan has average NFL size for a safety, as he stands 6’2", and tips the scales at 210 lbs., but his play is what’s intriguing. Nolan is a legitimate ball-hawk, as he recorded six interceptions as a junior, and With Nolan being evident on every offensive coordinator’s game plan, teams haven’t thrown his way much, but Nolan still recorded five interceptions and had 64 tackles.

Here’s what College Football had to say about Nolan–

Too slow to be a starter at free safety and too weak to be a strong safety, he only came up with 12 reps on the bench at the Combine, he has to try to find a role somewhere. Despite his lack of raw skills, he makes plays and is purely a football player who gets the job done. He plays more athletic than he is. A good college player, he simply doesn’t have the skills to do much in the NFL if he doesn’t show he can make big plays early on in camp.

Nolan will compete for a roster spot and could be a special teams contributor.

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