Texans bring in pair of USC defensive backs for visits

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Leon McQuay III and Adoree Jackson could both be a nice fit for the Houston Texans.

The Texans are doing their research when it comes to defensive backs in this year’s NFL draft.

It makes a lot of sense after the Texans lost both A.J.Bouye and Quintin Demps in free agency.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans  brought in USC safety Leon McQuay III for a visit.

The 6-foot-1, 197 pound McQuay finished his college career with 123 tackles, five interceptions and 16 passes defended.

McQuay has the athleticism when it comes to covering opposing offensive players, but there are concerns about his tackling as well as his awareness.

Here’s what McQuay’s NFL.com draft profile says:

"McQuay isn’t an easy player to slot. He has the athleticism, ball skills and speed to play the high safety role, but his inconsistent field awareness is a concern. McQuay’s issues with missed and broken tackles open concerns about playing him near the line of scrimmage. If he tests well, teams may see McQuay has a hybrid corner/safety who can compete for a spot as a big cover defender in sub-packages."

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The other USC player that the Texans willing be bringing in for a visit is cornerback Adoree Jackson, according to Patrick Starr of State of the Texans.

The 5-foot-10, 186 pound Jackson ran a 4.46 forty yard dash at this year’s NFL scouting combine. He recorded five interceptions during his final season at USC.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compares Jackson to the Texans very own Johnathan Joseph.

"There are two things teams love — ball production from cornerbacks and return men who can play meaningful snaps on every down. Jackson fits those criteria. His lack of size and length are concerns, but he has the athleticism to step right in as a slot corner on the next level. His combination of coverage and return talent could make him an early impact player."

With Joseph not getting any younger and likely in his last year with the Texans, someone like Jackson wouldn’t be a bad pick for Houston.

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