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Old 10-29-2012   #12
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Default Re: Texans sign Terrel McClain

Ok I looked up some stuff on him and maybe could be a good guy to sign and see what happens. McClain was an early 3rd round pick (65 overall) in 2011 for the Carolina Panthers. Their defense was really bad last year, 25th overall against the run, and for whatever reason they cut this guy in his second year. He was on IR towards the end of the season with a knee injury. The Patriots had him for only 1 week this year, so he might not be in football shape just yet.

Some more info on him getting cut:

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The Carolina Panthers roster had contained few surprises before Sunday morning. Then they cut Terrell McClain.

The second-year defensive tackle was waived by the Panthers after paring the roster down to 53 men to make room for veteran defensive tackle Dwan Edwards.

“Terrell played well in spots for us last year,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “Every year you have to do the best you can evaluating players through training camp and through preseason games. That’s why we do it. It was just the lack of consistency, plus the fact that we had the opportunity to get a player like Dwan Edwards.”

McClain played and started in 12 games for the Panthers last year. As a rookie, the former third-round pick had 19 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery before going on the injured reserve list with a sprained left knee.

The 6-foot- 3, 300-pound Edwards was released by Buffalo on Friday after spending two years with the Bills. A second-round pick in 2004, Edwards has played in 83 games and has 149 tackles and 51/2 sacks.

“We were looking for a guy who would push for us and give us more of that vertical push,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “Terrell’s a different style player as to what we found in Dwan.”
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...defensive.html

I would also like to point out that one of our posters Beerlover liked him very much as a 4th round prospect going into the 2011 draft. If McClain was cut for "style" reasons as the article above suggests, maybe he will actually help this team at NT. He is only 24 years old, so he certainly hasn't developed completely and there may be more upside to him.

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Originally Posted by beerlover View Post
4th. Terrell McClain, DT/NG, South Florida, 6020 297 32 3/4 arms 10 1/8" hands

See him as a fine developmental NG/NT has really good feet in traffic, pairs up well w/Earl Mitchell who I projected Texans would take in 5th rd. last year but took in 3rd. McClain is tall enough with very good bulk. Possesses a quick first step and the lateral agility to stunt and slant effectively. Uses quick active hands to shed and gain penetration. Has the range to make plays outside the tackle box. Tough kid with a relentless motor that fights through double teams.
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Originally Posted by beerlover View Post

4th (Texans #8th pick of rd.) Terrell McClain, DT/NT, South Florida, 6030 310 5.14 Impressed @ Shriner game (Wade Phillips coaching) late invite to Senior Bowl. Stock rising because of compact & stout lower torso would be nice DT to develop @ nose, very similar to Ratliff who was drafted by Cowboys in latter rounds but proved to be a steal because of work ethic & fit into Wade system.
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