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Texans hosting Northwestern State cornerback Jeremy Lane

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The Texans are hosting Northwestern State cornerback Jeremy Lane today, according to an article by Joe Owens on nflmocks.com and a post on Lane's Twitter account.

The Texans attended Lane's Pro Day on Thursday and were obviously impressed enough to bring him in for a closer look.

The Texans need to replace cornerback Jason Allen who was lost in free agency.

Draft projections for Lane are all over the place, which isn't unusual for a player from a smaller school like Northwestern State (Natchitoches, Louisiana) which plays in the Southland Conference with the likes of Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin.

Russ Lande has Lane ranked as his #83 player overall while cbssports.com doesn't have him being drafted.

Doug Ireland who is the Sports Information Director for the Demons' website said that Lane "could be a surprising fourth-round choice in the April 26-28 NFL Draft."

Lane, who attended John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, has good measurables and looks like a player who could develop into a legit pro corner given proper coaching and an NFL strength and conditioning program.

Lane won Defensive MVP honors at the Casino Del Sol College All Star Football Game held in Tuscon in January.

It's important to not read too much into player visits and workouts this time of year as teams do their due diligence while completing their draft boards. The Texans did not work out J.J. Watt or schedule him for a private visit before selecting him in the first round last season.

But I consider player visits and workouts by the Texans newsworthy (while kept in the proper perspective) even though some (or even most) may not result in an eventual signing. Fans like to know everything that's going on with their team and that's why you're reading about it here.

Evan Silva summed-up that notion for me about year ago when he wrote "Either the Houston media is not at all concerned with reporting pre-draft visits and workouts, or the Texans just don’t have many of them. (Our guess is the former.)"

According to the profootballtalk.com 'Draft Visits and Workout Tracker' the Texans have visits scheduled (or already had visits) with LSU cornerback Ron Brooks, Old Dominion defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron, Grambling receiver Mario Louis, Arkansas State safety Kelcie McCray, Texas A&M cornerback Lionel Smith, Texas A&M kicker Randy Bullock, and Illinois safety Tavon Wilson.

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