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Klein signs free-agent contract with Texans
NFL Draft
Klein surges ahead
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, shown here getting swarmed by a pack of Texas Christian defenders during a Big 12 Conference game last season in Fort Worth, has signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans. - photo by AP File Photo

The stock of the top two Heisman Trophy finalists dropped in this past weekend's NFL draft.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, the runner-up to Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, fell to the second round before finally getting picked up by the San Diego Chargers.

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who placed third in the Heisman balloting, wasn't drafted at all. But he signed a free-agent contract on Saturday night with the Houston Texans to battle for a backup position behind starter Matt Schaub.

Linebacker Justin Tuggle, the son of former NFL linebacker Jessie Tuggle of the Buffalo Bills, also signed a free-agent contract with the Texans.

Klein and Tuggle are two of six players from Kansas State that came to terms on free-agent deals Saturday night. Here are the others:

• Nigel Malone, defensive back, Indianapolis Colts

• Angleo Pease, running back, Green Bay Packers

• Ryan Doerr, punter, Denver Broncos

• Travis Tannahill, tight end, Cleveland Browns

Kansas State had three players selected in the draft over the weekend at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, including linebacker Arthur Brown in the second round, the 56th overall selection, by the Baltimore Ravens.

Wide receiver Chris Harper was the 123rd overall pick of the draft, the 26th player chosen in the fourth round, by the Seattle Seahawks. Fullback Braden Wilson was chosen in the sixth round by the Kansas City Chiefs, 204th overall.