Houston Texans Enter 2013 NFL Draft With Some Depth At Linebacker

The Houston Texans will head into the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft with at least four inside linebackers on the roster after re-signing linebacker Tim Dobbins to a one-year deal, Dobbins’ agent David Carter announced Wednesday.

Dobbins has appeared in 29 contests (with six starts—all last year) and registered 55 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble over the last two seasons with the Texans (2011-12).

Even though he eventually wound up on injured reserve due to an ankle injury in the playoffs, Dobbins did a pretty solid job during the middle of the season filling in after Brian Cushing went down for the year with a torn ACL.

Photo Credit: HoustonTexans.com

Photo Credit: HoustonTexans.com

The 6-1, 236-pound Nashville, TN native was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and appeared in every game in his first two seasons, registering 39 tackles and one forced fumble.  He appeared in every game with eight starts in 2008 and made 57 tackles with one interception and three forced fumbles.

Dobbins, 29, went on to collect 55 tackles, 1.0 sack, one interception and one forced fumble in 14 games (two starts) in his last season with the team in 2009.  He also started six contests (appeared in all 16 contests) with the Miami Dolphins in 2010 and made 47 stops with 1.0 sack, before joining the Texans in 2011.

There should be plenty of competition in the offseason, as the Texans look to add talent and depth to both at inside linebacker and outside linebacker.  Behind Brooks Reed, Darryl Sharpton, Whitney Mercilus, Cushing and Dobbins lies Mike Mohamed, Cameron Collins, Bryan Braman, Delano Johnson and Mister Alexander on the depth chart.

Connor Barwin also signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and Bradie James remains on the open market.

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