HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Texans drafted Brennan Williams of the University of North Carolina with the 89th overall selection in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday.  The 6-7 and 315-pound tackle suffered a torn labrum that forced him to miss the final four games of his senior year at the University of North Carolina.  Williams injury limited him at the NFL Combine but he still managed a 5.15 time in the 40-yard dash, a respectable time for a lineman of his stature.  Williams earned honorable-mention all-ACC consideration despite playing only 8 games in 2012.  Immediately after the selection, Williams said he was really “excited and blessed to be in this position.”

In Houston Williams will be re-united with fellow Tarheel T.J. Yates who overlapped Williams’ time at UNC for two years.  Offensive line coach John Benton said that Yates gave them some background on the tackle, saying he was “a big guy who shows flashes of good things.”

When asked about Williams’ injury, Benton said that it was obviously a big concern but he had been cleared by doctors and did all the workouts for the Texans that were performed at the Combine.  Benton said the UNC offense ran zone and power schemes but the lineman would “fit in well” with the Texans.


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