Houston Texans general manager, Bill O’Brien, drafts former Penn State recruit John Reid to help bolster the secondary.
The Houston Texans continue their plan in improving their defense, and they found a good option in cornerback John Reid from Penn State with the 141st pick of the draft. Reid was drafted with the second of the two fourth-round draft selections they acquired in their trade back with the Miami Dolphins.
Reid left Penn State after his senior season and played in all four years with the Nittany Lions. He finished with 125 tackles, 26 pass deflections, seven interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, and 1.5 sacks.
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Reid tested well in the NFL Combine running a 4.49 seconds 40-yard time, 6.95 seconds in the three-cone drill and demonstrated his strength with 20 reps at the bench press. He is slightly undersized at 5’10 to be a boundary cornerback, but he could be a great option as a slot cornerback for the Texans.
Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network had plenty of praise for Reid throughout the draft process. “He’s my 99th guy. He has production. He’s another one with the versatility to play inside and out. He’s going to be a really good nickel player.”
The Texans had problems at slot cornerback last season after the Aaron Colvin addition flopped, and the coaching staff turned to former 2016 first-rounder Vernon Hargreaves, who was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers midseason.
Selected in the fourth round, Reid is a contender to fight for a spot in the rotation this upcoming season, and will also be tasked with finding a role on special teams.
After this pick, Texans will have two more draft picks in the fifth and seventh-round. O’Brien traded the 136th, 248th, and 250th pick of the draft with the Los Angeles Rams to select offensive tackle, Charlie Heck, with the 126th selection before picking Reid.