St. Joseph grad Corcoran ready to be a 'premier guy' for Rutgers

Jack Corcoran never really had a favorite pro football team growing up.

"I was just a fan of football," he said.

That changed Saturday.

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"I'll tell you what, my favorite team is the Houston Texans," Corcoran said with a laugh.

That's because only minutes after the NFL draft ended Saturday, the Texans called and signed Corcoran, a fullback, to a free-agent contract.

"I'm so excited," said Corcoran, 22, a St. Joseph High School graduate and Rutgers University senior. "It was a nerve-wracking experience all the way from pro day to right now."

Corcoran said he didn't pay much attention to the draft from his home on Newton Avenue in Atlantic City, choosing instead to have a catch with his younger brother Keith.

"I prepared for the worst and hoped for the best," he said. "I wouldn't even call it the worst, actually, because I got picked up right away. A team wants me and that's all you can ask for. I would have liked to get drafted but I'm in a good situation so I can't complain."

Corcoran's agent, Rob Roche, called Corcoran after the draft and said simply, "Houston Texans. Yes or no?"

"I didn't have time to think about it," Corcoran said. "Everything flashes in front of your eyes. You're like, 'What if I don't take it? Is it gone?' "

"My heart was racing. I was like, 'Whoa, slow down a minute.' This is my future right here and it deserves time to think about but that's how it is. That's the nature of the business. ... It was a dream come true though. I'm just glad I signed with somebody."

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith explained his theory on undrafted free agents in a post-draft interview posted on the team's website.

"I'm not big on just signing players to fill lines," Smith said. "We want to go and try to find guys that can come in and compete and have a legitimate chance to make the team."

Only two natural fullbacks were drafted this year.

The New York Jets picked Kentucky's John Conner in the fifth round and Seattle took Kent State's Jameson Konz in the seventh.

Corcoran's teammate from Rutgers, Ryan D'Imperio a Washington Township High School graduate, was drafted in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings. D'Imperio played linebacker in college but was drafted primarily to play fullback.

Corcoran can't wait to get to Texas.

"I just have to do what I do," he said. "I've got to come out and play football the way I was taught as a kid. Football is still football. It's just a lot faster. I just have to be ready to adjust to the speed and be ready to be coached and do whatever it takes to make the team. I'll do whatever they ask me to do."

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