Fringe 1st rounder FS Justin Reid fell in the NFL Draft to the Houston Texans. He was the first off the board for Stanford at no. 68 in the 3rd round. NFL.com predicted that Reid would be selected in rounds 1-2. Reid fits a need in Houston where he can be mentored by veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu in an excellent defense where his versatility can be put to good use.
DT Harrison Phillips went to the Buffalo Bills at the very end of the 3rd round after an Buffalo Bills super-fan fighting cancer named “Pancho Billa” announced his name. The Stanford tackle goes to a defense where he can sit behind 5-time pro bowl DT Kyle Williams. NFL broadcasters even referred to him as “Kyle Williams Jr”. Phillips can be mentored by the 35 year old defensive tackle and eventually replace him.
The Dallas Cowboys selected TE Dalton Schultz at the very end of the 4th round and the Utah native will compete to replace the recently retired TE Jason Witten. The Science, Technology and Society major is a Y-tight end with ability as a run blocker.
The Houston Texans selected LB Peter Kalambayi at no. 222 overall where he will join S Justin Reid and two other ex-Stanford players in LB Brennan Scarlett and CB Johnson Bademosi. The Houston linebacking corp appears to be well-stocked but Kalambayi can sit behind the current starters and develop. Kalambayi is very athletic but didn’t seem to develop much in college and his production didn’t seem to match his athleticism.
CB Quenton Meeks and OT David Bright went undrafted. NFL.com predicted Meeks to be drafted in rounds 4-5 and Bright to be either drafted in round 7 or a free agent.