Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/68 - DeVier Posey, WR, 6-2, 211, Ohio State...He's got a lot to learn after being suspended for 10 games last season, but he's got excellent size to go with 4.44 speed. It's a good opportunity for him because he could win the third receiver job. COULD SURPRISE: Wide receiver DeVier Posey: The third-round pick served two five-game suspensions as a senior at Ohio State. He played in the last three games. At 6-2, 211, he runs a 4.44. He had 60 catches for 828 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore and 53 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. There's no pressure on him to start. He'll be developed behind starters Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter, both of whom will be 31 before the season. - The Sports Xchange
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Over the past twenty years, seven receivers from The Ohio State University have cracked the first round of the NFL Draft. Their success at the next level has been mixed, at best, but Posey's size and downfield playmaking ability makes him the next potential Buckeye to hear his name called in the top 32 selections.
Posey played in 12 of Ohio State's 13 games as a true freshman, catching 11 passes for 117 yards before becoming the Buckeyes' leading receiver as a sophomore (60-828-8). He finished second to senior Dane Sanzenbacher in 2010 (53-848-7), but still earned honorable-mention All-Big 10 mention from league coaches.
Posey was one of the team's four potential top 50 picks (QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Dan Herron, OT Mike Adams) who will sit the first five games of the 2011 season for selling championship and general game memorabilia. Scouts already have enough film on Posey, however, to see how his vertical game will test NFL defenses. He'll need to pass the speed and hands tests before teams see him as an elite receiver, but even five strong games and a strong Combine could put him in that category.
Positives: Good quickness off the line. Has size and quickness to get off NFL press. Generally reliable receiver capable of making difficult catches in traffic over the middle or one on one down the sideline. Adjusts to poor throws in any direction. Finds his way through traffic on crossing routes. Comes back to the ball to help his scrambling quarterback. Gives effort as a blocker on run plays.
Negatives: Inconsistent high-pointing passes. Allows too many throws into his body when facing the quarterback. Does not own elite speed. Freezes at times when trying to juke defenders in space. Walls off his man as a blocker, allowing them to shed and make the play outside.
Posey did not have the benefit of a redshirt season, and he has been an outstanding player for the Buckeyes in his four seasons. He closed out his career with 136 career receptions for 1,955 yards, numbers that rank sixth and eighth, respectively, all-time among Ohio State receivers. He also scored 18 receiving touchdowns to rank seventh on the all-time list. He is a four-year Varsity O letterwinner (2008-11) who played in 41 games, started 29 games and had a reception in each of his final 30 games played. He had six 100-yard receiving games, the eighth-most in school history. DeVier is on track to graduate in spring 2012 with his degree in communications.
Posey played in only Ohio State's final three games of 2011 and averaged 4.0 receptions per game (12 for 162 yards) with touchdown grabs of 43 yards vs. Michigan and 5 yards vs. Florida. He was the best receiver on the field in his three games in 2011 with four receptions for 66 yards vs. Penn State, three for 58 yards vs. Michigan and five for 38 yards vs. Florida.
One of five players suspended for first five games of 2011 due to NCAA rule violation of receiving improper benefits. Biletnikoff, Hornung awards preseason watch list HM all-Big Ten started all 13 games has caught a pass in 27 consecutive games, the longest current string in the Big Ten 53 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns touchdowns of 6 and 11 yards from Pryor in Marshall win 105 yards receiving on 4 catches vs. Miami 5 catches vs. Ohio, where he was defended by his older brother Julian, a Bobcat DB 103 yards receiving with a 17-yard TD catch in the Indiana win 22-yard TD from Pryor vs. Purdue 115 yards on 6 catches with a 38-yard TD at Minnesota 3 catches for 69 yards vs. Penn State 33-yard TD in the Michigan win gained 70 yards on three catches in the Sugar Bowl, including a 43-yard TD reception.
Led the Buckeye pass-catching rotation with 60 catches for 828 yards, eight TD pair of catches against Navy six receptions vs. USC for 81 yards 4-yard TD from Terrelle Pryor was one of five catches vs. Toledo pair of catches in win over Illinois 23-yard TD catch from Pryor at Indiana 32-yard catch from Pryor at end of first half was Ohio States only offensive TD against Wisconsin also had a 22-yard catch vs. the Badgers to sustain that TD drive nine catches gained 87 yards at Purdue, with a 25-yard TD scored on TDs of 62 and 57 yards in the Minnesota win career-best 161 yards on eight catches against the Gophers 79 yards on five receptions in win over New Mexico State also tossed a 39-yard TD throw to Dane Sanzenbacher off a reverse against the Aggies 62-yard TD in the win at Penn State five receptions at Michigan 101 yards receiving in the Rose Bowl, scoring a 17-yard fourth-quarter TD to ice the win over Oregon second-year letterman.
Made 11 catches for 117 yards as a true freshman 25-yard touchdown reception from Boeckman in opener against Youngstown State, his first career game two catches gained team-high 28 yards vs. Purdue 13-yard reception at Michigan State pair of receptions in Fiesta Bowl first-year letterman.
All-Ohio, all-Cincinnati, all-league and all-district receiver 47 receptions for 770 yards, 7 TD as a senior; 33 catches for 750 yards, 9 TD as a junior U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Maxwell Award Greater Catholic League receiver of the year Top 100 nationally from Scout, Rivals, PrepStar, Superprep holds school record at 200 (21.5) and 400 (47.78) meters also a three-year basketball letterman 33-inch vertical jump honor student and academic all-star Lancer Ambassador.
Son of Julie and the late Baxter Posey majoring in management and industry at Ohio State.
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01/15/13 - WR DeVier Posey, who got more playing time down the stretch, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left foot with 6:31 left in the playoff loss to New England. He had three catches for 45 yards, including a magnificent 25-yard touchdown reception.
The coaches had high hopes for Posey perhaps starting next season opposite Andre Johnson, a job that's belonged to Kevin Walter for the last five seasons.
"I felt like I'd been shot," Posey said. "I'd never felt anything like that before. I kind of bounced, and it happened. I thought somebody had thrown a rock and hit me. We'll have to find the doctor to do the surgery, and I'll start my rehab as soon as possible."
If the Texans determine Posey won't be ready for the start of next season, it could affect their thinking in the draft and free agency.
"It's a big blow," coach Gary Kubiak said. "You just feel bad for the kid because I think he had put himself in a position to come back here next year and push for a starting spot.
"We're still in an evaluation process. We know he has an Achilles that has to be repaired. There are different levels of how they're repaired and whether we're talking about six months or eight months."
01/13/13 - WR DeVier Posey suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots, the Houston Chronicle reported. A torn Achilles is a serious injury that will require surgery, and it is uncertain whether he will be ready for the start of the 2013 season. Posey, a rookie, did not have any receptions in the first 12 games of the season, but had six catches for 87 yards in the last four regular-season games. He had three catches for 47 yards in Sunday's game before the injury.
12/28/12 - WR DeVier Posey, a third-round pick, had three catches for 46 yards in the 29-17 victory over Indianapolis two weeks ago. The coaches were hoping that was a breakout game for Posey, who left Ohio State after a junior year in which he was suspended for 10 games. But he responded with only one catch for six yards in the 23-6 loss to Minnesota. The Texans would like for Posey to go out on a high note and make a few catches against the Colts and in the playoffs to boost his confidence - not to mention theirs in him - for next season.
12/21/12 - WR DeVier Posey, a third-round pick, will get more playing time against Minnesota, according to coach Gary Kubiak. The coaches have increased his workload in each of the last two games. In Sunday's victory over the Colts, Posey had three catches for 46 subbing for starter Kevin Walter. Expect Posey to get more time in Walter's place against Minnesota.
12/17/12 - WR DeVier Posey, a third-round pick, saw his most extensive playing time in the victory over Indianapolis. Splitting time with starter Kevin Walter opposite Andre Johnson, Posey had three catches for 46 yards. He had one reception in the Texans' first 13 games.
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