Houston Texans acquire Keion Crossen from New England Patriots
The Houston Texans have had a major need for help in the secondary. Saturday they traded with the New England Patriots to fix that issue.
The Houston Texans have major holes in the secondary — and have for several years — but on Saturday they addressed the need in the secondary first before adding to their offensive line.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Texans struck a trade with the Patriots for cornerback Keion Crossen.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are sending a sixth-round pick to New England for the defensive back.
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Crossen was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Western Carolina and may have been the odd man out due to the Patriots’ depth at the position.
As a two-year starter in college, Crossen also was a track standout, setting a school record in the 100-meter dash with a 10.33 time.
The defensive back wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine but ran a 4.33 40 yard dash at his pro day this past offseason, which was actually at Wake Forest.
He also had a 39.5-inch vertical, which is impressive for a guy who is only 5-9. His 40 time and vertical actually would have been best at the 2018 Combine among all of the cornerbacks that year.
Crossen’s speed is an element the Texans could definitely use in the secondary, as only the newly acquired Bradley Roby has such speed. In fact, I would think his speed would present him with opportunities to play a significant amount of snaps not only on defense, but also on special teams as well.
Crossen will have to stand out at the cornerback position for the Texans, because there is a long list of names who all all vying for snaps at corner, including rookie second-round pick Lonnie Johnson and veteran Aaron Colvin.
Colvin has to be eager to show the Texans they were right in signing him, especially after his not-so-great season in ’18. Hopefully Crossen is able to help the Texans secondary, as they certainly could use the help, especially at cornerback.