By Garret Heinrich

NEW YORK (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans used their compensatory pick in the 6th round, 211th overall, on improving their backfield.

Jay Prosch the Auburn Full Back will be heading to Houston to try and help Arian Foster hit the gaps better.


A two-star FB/LB recruit, Prosch grew up in SEC country, but was widely overlooked out of high school and ended up at Illinois. He played two seasons for the Illini, mostly used as a blocking back with only three touches at Illinois.

Due to his mother’s illness (brain cancer), Prosch looked to transfer closer to home and was ready to go the FCS route until Auburn called and offered him a spot on the roster – his mother passed away in Sept. 2012 after the season opener, but he didn’t miss a game. At Auburn he saw a few more touches and was used as a H-Back in 2013, showing off his versatility lined up in the backfield and inline.

Prosch is a no-nonsense player who gives more to the game than he receives, but he has no problem with that, embracing the dirty work – doesn’t care about catches or carries, only being on the field to help his team win. His strengths aren’t as highly valued in today’s NFL game, but he plays with the needed mentality for the position – a likely late round pick, there is a place for him in the NFL, especially with his contributions on ST coverage.


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