Former LaSalle Lancer and Ohio State Buckeye wide receiver Devier Posey was drafted in third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night with the 68th overall pick.
Posey, who played in just three games in 2012, finished his senior season with just 12 catches for 162 yards and three touchdowns. He missed the first 10 games of the 2011 season after receiving two separate five-game suspensions for selling OSU football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos, and receiving money for work he did not complete during a summer 2011 job.
"It was something I learned my lessons from, I'm moving forward," Posey said in a press conference shortly after being drafted. "It's made me a better man and a better person. I'm just excited just to get down to Houston and get to work."
During his sophomore and junior campaigns as a Buckeye Posey combined for 113 receptions for 1,676 yards and 15 touchdowns. Had he played more games in 2011 there was no doubt he would have been taken higher than Round 3. However, most draft experts did not project him to go as high as he did when the Texans selected him.
The former five-star Lancer standout was one of the best wide receivers to come out of the Queen City over the past decade. He finished with 48 receptions for 776 yards (16.2 ypc) and eight touchdowns during his breakout senior campaign in 2007 which led to his opportunity to play at Ohio State.
Posey has a chance to make a quick impact for the Texans and will be able to compete for a starting spot opposite of Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson. The young wideout realizes that he has plenty to learn and playing alongside one of the best players at the position is a great opportunity.
"I've been watching Andre Johnson since 2002 in the National Championship when they played Ohio State," Posey said of Johnson. "He's a hell of a player, and just watching his highlights over the years, it's just a person that I emulate the way he plays and the tenacity that he plays with."
A fresh start is just what the doctor ordered for Posey and with his college career behind him he appears ready to turn the page. The Texans are hoping that taking a chance on him will pay dividends and if it's up to Posey there's no doubt it will.
"I'm willing to do anything," Posey claimed. "If they come in there and tell me I got to run down and be a gunner on punt, I'll run through a wall for them."