Former first-round pick Kevin Johnson has had an up-and-down career in Houston. In his first three seasons with the Texans, Johnson has only had one interception.
The scrutiny only grew when A.J. Bouye bounced to their AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Johnson never made the progression the team and fans expected him to make.
His frequent injuries and small frame have prevented him from consistently playing at a high level. Similar to the situation of Clowney, talent has never been an issue; rather, his health is the biggest obstacle for him to make the leap to a top-tier cornerback. He is a great cover corner and an aggressive run defender.
Johnson isn’t afraid of putting his body on the line to make a play, but he needs to hone his aggressiveness since it can lead to poor tackling. If Johnson is able to bulk up and maintain his great speed and quickness, he could be in store for a breakout season.
The team has not left his side, and they have opted to exercise the fifth-year on his rookie scale contract. They believe he can turn it around since they felt comfortable converting cornerbacks Kareem Jackson and Treston Decoud to safeties so they could bolster the depth at that position.