Sep 6, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons cornerback Kevin Johnson (9) intercepts a pass against the Boston College Eagles during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Johnson, 6′ 188 Pounds, 22 Years Old
Yes, rookie Kevin Johnson is the third straight guy listed at 188 pounds at corner for the Texans. The Texans were sitting on the clock with the 16th pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and while many pundits thought the team would go wide receiver, or pass rusher (like I thought), they decided to snag perhaps the most complete cornerback in the draft out of Wake Forest.
Some Background Info;
Johnson had 123 tackles and seven interceptions during his career at Wake Forest. Scouts fell in love with his smarts and athleticism as he climbed quickly up draft boards as the scouting process continued. According to NFL.com there was plenty of reason to be high on the young cover corner;
"Johnson is a three-year starting cornerback who showed great improvement in man coverage from 2013 to 2014. While he lacks desired weight at the position, his cover skills, athleticism and competitiveness give him a shot to come in and start right away. Johnson can play gunner on special teams."
What To Expect This Year;
As long as the Texans decide to keep Joseph, I believe Johnson will see a lot of time as a player on special teams as well as the nickel corner. The nickel corner is on the field almost as much as the starters due to expanded passing games, so this is in no way a negative thing for the first round pick.
I think by season’s end Johnson will have earned his way into the starting lineup, paving the way for Joseph to leave via free agency when the 2015 season ends.
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