Draft sets up possibility of Reed inside

Draft sets up possibility of Reed inside
April 27, 2013, 3:15 pm
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With the 95th and 124th picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Texans took two guys that will play the same position -- outside linebacker.

Those picks give the Texans the option of moving Brooks Reed from outside to inside linebacker next season.

While talking about those two picks on Saturday, linebackers coach Reggie Herring talked about the possibility of changing Reed's position.

“With taking two outside ’backers right now, we feel very comfortable if we decide to move Brooks inside,” Herring said. “We feel very, very comfortable about that to get our best 11 on the field.”

They took Sam Montgomery from LSU with the third-round pick and took Trevardo Williams from UConn with the fourth-rounder.

The Texans have talked about Reed’s versatility for a while and have mentioned that moving him inside was a possibility. But now, with their draft picks, it looks like they might be setting themselves up to do it.

Since being taken in the second round out of Arizona two years ago, he’s been the starter at the SAM position. On Saturday, Herring talked about both draft picks playing the SAM, with Williams backing up Montgomery. Whitney Mercilus will return on the weakside.

Herring said Montgomery can play against the run right now, which would be a necessity on the strongside. He said Montgomery can set the edge as good as anyone who will be in camp.

“That’s something I don’t want to get nailed down to, but right now I would feel extremely, and I know Wade (Phillips) feels the same way, extremely comfortable with moving Brooks Reed inside,” Herring said. “I’ve got highlight tape of him playing inside last year, and without hurting anybody’s feelings, he might be the second-best IL on campus right now.

“He’s got an IL body, he’s got instincts. He plays with his hair on fire. He can shock block. They tried to run lead plays on him, he sheds the guy in the hole and makes plays just like a great linebacker should. Unlimited possibilities there. I know he’s embraced the idea early on after the season. We discussed possible moves in the offseason that might predicate him having to be moved inside. He was excited about the move. He’s done it. He’s seen himself have success.”

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