One of the best linemen in Toledo history will contend for a roster spot with the Houston Texans.
Offensive lineman Greg Mancz went undrafted but signed a free agent contract with Houston, per the Toledo Blade's Nick Piotrowicz, and now has a chance to prove himself at the next level.
The 6-foot-4, 301-pound Mancz enjoyed one of the most decorated seasons in the history of Toledo football as a senior, garnering the MAC's Vern Smith Leadership Award as the conference's top player to go along with second-team All-American and first-team All-MAC selections. Despite a torn shoulder suffered during draft preparations, invitations to the East-West Shrine Game and NFL Combine confirmed league interest in the Cincinnati native.
A four-year starter for the Rockets, Mancz displayed his versatility by playing tackle and guard before settling in at center in his final season. Having demonstrated fluid pulling ability and superior run-blocking technique ahead of budding star running back Kareem Hunt, most observers agree Mancz will play on the interior line in the NFL.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. told the Kansas City Star he expects Mancz's positional versatility to allow him to back up several positions early in his career before eventually battling for a starting role. Dane Brugler of CBS Sports noted a need for him to add bulk and strength but praised the leadership, intelligence and technique of the departing Rockets team captain.
The Texans, known more for their defensive line than anything else, provide an intriguing opportunity for Mancz. If he can block the likes of J.J. Watt and Vince Wilfork in training camp, he can make quite a case to stick around.