Jul 20, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons cornerback Kevin Johnson addresses the media during the ACC football media day at the Grandover Resort. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Johnson, Cornerback 6′, 188 Pounds
This was a great pick by the Texans and brings in a guy that some consider to be the most well round cornerback in the entire NFL Draft. Instead of reaching for a pass rusher or wide receiver in this spot the team stayed true to their board and took the guy they felt was the most talented player.
How he helps the Houston Texans
Johnson may not start his rookie season, but he will see the field a lot, especially against teams like division rival, the Indianapolis Colts, who use a lot of three wide receiver sets.
Where Johnson really helps the team is after 2015 when current starter Johnathan Joseph becomes a free agent. The team just had to pay big money to their other corner Kareem Jackson, so when the older Joseph becomes a free agent the team will have all the leverage.
They can allow him to walk and let Johnson take over full time, or offer a smaller deal to keep the aging veteran at a much more affordable rate making him decide whether or not he stays with the team. Either way they can make the smart financial decisions that they are comfortable with.
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