Austin Brown anchored the Miami RedHawks defensive line for the past five seasons, and now he has a fighting chance at becoming a member of the Houston Texans defensive line rotation. After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Brown inked a deal with the Texans.
Free agent deal for former Miami Redhawk DL Austin Brown with the Texans.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) May 11, 2014
The 6-foot-2, 295 pound defensive tackle is a beast of a nose guard. He has 32 reps of 225 at his pro day, and totaled 167 tackles and 27.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks for the 'Hawks in his career.
Brown got his start with Miami back in 2009 as a true freshman, and had a fantastic year, totaling 40 stops, and five for loss. He followed it up with a second team All-MAC performance in 2010 that saw him record a career high 53 tackles, and 10 for loss, along with a pair of forced fumbles. 2011 saw a slight decline in production from Brown, before suffering a season ending injury in the second game of his true senior season in 2012.
Brown responded strong this past season, recording 37 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack and one blocked kick, despite playing on one of the worst defense in the nation. Brown gobbles up blocks and causes a bottleneck for the running game. He's not a threat as a pass rusher, but he can really make an impact in a team's rush defense. Despite going undrafted, it stands to reason he could find his way onto Houston's roster this fall.