Houston — With his long, golden locks, Houston Texans rookie linebacker Brooks Reed looks a bit like Green Bay All-Pro Clay Matthews. The Texans hope that he will someday draw comparisons to Matthews for his play, too.
Houston drafted the 6-foot-3, 263-pound Reed out of Arizona with the 42nd overall pick. Reed started 27 games for the Wildcats, recording 87 tackles, including 15 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and deflected four passes.
Reed played defensive end in college, but will move to outside linebacker in new coordinator Wade Phillips' 3-4 alignment in Houston.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak has raved about Reed's energy and transition to the pros during training camp. Reed had two sacks, forcing fumbles on both, in Houston's 27-14 preseason with over New Orleans on Saturday night.