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Undrafted rookie S Eddie Pleasant already has a nickname: “The Missile”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 16, 2012 – 9:27 am

In a very informative appearance on “Texans All Access” on Tuesday on SportsRadio 610, Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano gave a glowing review of rookie safety Eddie Pleasant.

Pleasant, an undrafted free agent from Oregon, was previously mentioned by general manager Rick Smith as a player the Texans had contemplated drafting. Marciano seconded that notion, and then some.

“We’ve got Eddie Pleasant, who we really liked,” Marciano said in response to a question about UDFAs who could make an impact on special teams. “We thought we were going to draft him. That’s another story for another day, but we had him and his card was picked; we were ready to take him. I already gave him a nickname. His name is ‘The Missile.’ He seeks in on the target and he just takes off and hits it. He’s a very, very exciting player. I’m excited about him to come in and see what he can do.”

Pleasant (5-10, 211) was a three-year starter at Oregon, starting his career as a linebacker and emergency running back. He didn’t play safety until his junior year with the Ducks but blossomed as a senior in 2011, recording 61 tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes defensed en route to first-team All-Pac 12 honors. He posted a 4.63 40-yard dash, 33.5-inch vertical jump and 22 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Texans currently have eight safeties on the roster: 2011 starters Danieal Manning and Glover Quin; 2011 contributors Troy Nolan, Quintin Demps and Shiloh Keo; 2011 practice squad player Torri Williams; and undrafted rookies Pleasant and Desmond Marrow (Toledo).

Four safeties were on the Texans’ active roster on opening day in 2011 (Manning, Quin, Nolan and Dominique Barber). There could be room for five this year, since the Texans had seven cornerbacks in Week 1 last season and now have only six corners on the roster. It’ll be a tough group to crack, but it certainly sounds like Pleasant has a legitimate chance.

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8 Responses to “Undrafted rookie S Eddie Pleasant already has a nickname: “The Missile””

  1. By brad range on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    i think we need more depth at corner than safety are second string corners scare me

  2. By The Texans Fan on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    Kareem “The Dream” Jackson i hope this is your break out year buddy, or the bus stops this year for you. Well at least with the Texans.

  3. By Famous Duck on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ed was a THREE year starter at Oregon, as linebacker his sophomore year & then two years at safety. He also played on several of the Ducks Special Teams.

  4. By Nick Scurfield on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    My mistake. I was looking at the fact that he was a two-year starter at safety and didn’t catch that he started at LB (that fact is a bit buried in his Media Guide bio from Oregon). I’ve corrected it in the blog post.


  5. By Famous Duck on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    It is also an important part of Ed’s cirriculum vitae that he was a starting safety in the narrow 3 point loss to Auburn in the 2011 BCS National Championship game.

  6. By Coach Kilmer on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    For you Texans fans out there, wanted to give you a little but more info on Eddie. As was stated in the article, he started out as a OLB, but due to a very good LB corp, they moved him to safety to get the best 11 on the field. His Jr year he looked like a OLB learning to play Safety. but his Sr season he made huge strides as a DB, especially in coverage. He is a very athletic guy who in IMO still has his best football ahead of him. His DB coach at Oregon, John Neal, is one of the top DB coaches in college football and so Eddie comes in well coached. He is one hell of a competitor and lights asses up out on the field. I was SHOCKED that he didn’t get drafted. He will be a great ST player for you guys and is a very servicable #2 safety

  7. By Coach Scott on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    trust me when i say you will not be disappointed with Eddie with his on field and off field presence……….i watch him at POPWARNER and HIGHSCHOOL and the in OREGON……he never stops till with whistle blows and never ever gives up, till the clock reads 0 mins., i also had the pleasure besides watchin him in College but at the Highschool level sittin at every game to include the state championship game where he single handedly took over the game in the second half when the coach let him lose and won it for his TEAM, COACHES, PARENTS and FANS……….man has heart and drive that never quits and anyone that’s ever played for or against him will say the same about him

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