GONE TO TEXAS: Brawley native Mohamed looking for resurgence in Houston
“Draft day does bring back memories and I’ll be checking it out,” Mohamed said days before the draft.
Denver Broncos, the 189th pick overall, in 2011.
“I’d been waiting all weekend and towards the end I was wondering if it would happen but it did and it was a relief,” Mohamed said.
“The coaches tell you that come draft day anything can happen and except for the first few picks no one can predict the order so you have to wait it out,” he added.
That same sense of relief was felt again in January when Mohamed, who in his junior year at Cal led the Pac-12 in tackles, signed a reserve/future contract with the Houston Texans.
Mohamed’s professional career has been somewhat hectic since he was drafted by the Broncos. He was released by Denver after one season, then signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad and was briefly with the Tennessee Titans before signing with Houston.
“It’s hard to believe that I was drafted (two) years ago; it’s been a wild few years,” Mohamed said. “I hope this is it but it’s always hard to tell but it’s up to me to make it happen. … I’m just going to try to leave it all on the field and it should work out.”
While signed by Houston as a linebacker, Mohamed will be ready to help the Texans where ever he is needed.
“Anytime you’re not a starter you’re expected to be an integral part of special teams and I have a lot of experience,” Mohamed said. “It comes with the territory and is a big part of any job description in the pros.”
Mohamed recently relocated to Houston to take part in pre-season conditioning four hours a day.
“It’s lifting, running and film to learn the playbook, which is important for a guy like me to watch and learn the detail of how they play,” Mohamed said. “The mini camps will start now after the draft, but it’s nice to workout with teammates and get back in the swing of things.”
So far, everything seems to be working out for Mohamed, who feels he is stronger than in past years and adjusting to life and the climate in Houston.
“I’m right around the same weight as I was my senior year at Cal but I feel like I’ve traded some body fat for muscle,” Mohamed said. “I’m still learning my way around (Houston) and it tends to get hot and muggy and we’ve had a couple of storms … it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”