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Texans sign second-round pick Ryans

HOUSTON (July 7, 2006) -- The Houston Texans signed second-round pick DeMeco Ryans.

Ryans, a linebacker from Alabama, won the Lott Award as the nation's top defensive player and was selected the SEC defensive player of the year.

The 6-foot-1, 239-pound player, taken with the first pick in the second round, led the Crimson Tide last season with 76 tackles. He also had two fumble recoveries, an interception, a forced fumble and broke up two passes.

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