Texans sign eight undrafted free agents: Tracking Houston’s signings following an eventful NFL draft

Nov 25, 2022; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils running back Xazavian Valladay (1) against the Arizona Wildcats during the Territorial Cup at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Texans sign eight undrafted free agents: Tracking Houston’s signings following an eventful NFL draft

After a scintillating NFL draft for the Texans saw them make two of the drafts top-three selections (C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson Jr.) and draft nine players overall, Houston has signed eight undrafted free agents to deals so far. Gallery Sports will keep track of those deals here.

Ali Gaye, EDGE, LSU

Gaye, a native of the Republic of Gambia, made two junior college stops before playing three seasons at LSU. He was a second-team All-SEC selection last season for the Tigers.

Jared Wayne, WR, Pittsburgh

Wayne, a native of Canada, recorded 146 receptions, 2,308 yards, and 13 touchdowns while spending four seasons playing for the Pitt Panthers. He was a second-team All-ACC selection last season.

Xazavian Valladay, RB, Arizona State

Valladay spent five seasons in Tempe, totaling 4,466 yards and 35 touchdowns while averaging more than five yards per carry with the Sun Devils. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three different seasons.

Tyler Beach, OL, Wisconsin

Beach appeared in 57 games for Wisconsin, including 29 starts along the offensive line. He was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2021 and an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection in 2020. At 6-6, 304 lbs, Beach is a massive interior lineman.

Darius Joiner, DB, Duke

Joiner played at Jacksonville State and at Western Illinois before transferring to Duke. Joiner amassed 97 tackles, two interceptions, four sacks, eight tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles for the Blue Devils while being selected third-team All-ACC.

Dylan Deatherage, OL, Western Michigan

Deatherage had been at Western Michigan since 2017, but was elevated to a starting role in 2020. The 6-5 guard started on the right side of the Broncos’ offensive line through the 2022 season, helping running back Sean Tyler gain 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

Joe Doyle, P, Memphis

Doyle transferred to Memphis from the University of Tennessee, and set a program record at Memphis for average punt yardage in 2023 at 46.0.

Jesse Matthews, WR, San Diego State

Matthews was a walk-on at SDSU before earning a scholarship and eventually becoming a team captain for the Aztecs. He caught 174 career passes for 2,109 yards and 15 touchdowns and was named offensive MVP for San Diego State in two different bowl games.

Gallery Sports will update this story if more signings are made.

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