Houston Texans Draft: Tyson Campbell would propel secondary in 2021

Defensive back Tyson Campbell Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Defensive back Tyson Campbell Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /
Tyson Campbell, Houston Texans
Defensive back Tyson Campbell Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

If the Houston Texans make a certain trade and land back in the first round with multiple picks, a player to know more about is Tyson Campbell, a defensive back from the University of Georgia ,as the Texans need to upgrade the secondary to improve from their play this past season.

It isn’t such a far-out idea to imagine the Houston Texans drafting a player like Campbell in the first round because if the Texans do decide to trade franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson and start rebuilding the defense as well under new head coach David Culley, a player with the talent of Campbell is a good way to start that process.

In three seasons while playing in 31 total games for the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC, Campbell had 10 passes defensed and one interception. He also finished his three-year career with 58 solo tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and even had a sack in 2019.

Other than Bradley Roby, last season the cornerbacks of the Houston Texans didn’t rank in the Top 70 of player grades by Pro Football Focus for the 2020 season. Roby played in 613 snaps in 10 games last season, as he totaled 31 solo tackles and had seven passes defensed with one interception.

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Also last season, Roby was targeted 37 times, where he allowed just 23 receptions. Roby is signed for the 2021 and 2022 seasons but will be coming off a PED suspension, which caused him to miss the last six games of 2020.

That said, the Texans need to add to their secondary with Roby, and a player like Tyson Campbell would fit in nicely with Roby in the 2021 version of a rebuilt Houston secondary.

Houston Texans Draft: More about Tyson Campbell

A lot will have to happen — and the franchise quarterback will have to leave the roster — for Tyson Campbell to join the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but if it were to happen, the Texans would be selecting a player who has been described as a “Top 5 cornerback.” Evan Crowell of Sports Illustrated’s Dawgs Daily wrote the following on Campbell in late January:

"“He possesses all the necessary physical tools needed to succeed at the professional level. The question now is if he can blend them all together in order to find success.”"

In his final season at Georgia, Campbell collected 20 solo tackles, one interception and had five passes defensed. In his final game against Cincinnati on New Year’s Day, Campbell finished with three solo tackles. Campbell’s interception this past season was against South Carolina, and it was returned for a 40-yard gain.

Cory Kinnanin has Campbell being selected 29th overall by the Green Bay Packers in a 2021 mock draft at With The First Pick, writing the following on Campbell:

"“For the most part, Georgia’s Tyson Campbell is in phase and is strong at the line of scrimmage for the Bulldogs. Not to mention, he may just be the twitchiest athlete in this year’s cornerback class.”"

The Houston Texans need to do something to gain a first-round pick and fix their defensive secondary. The secondary of the Texans in 2020 was a big part in some of their close losses, and they didn’t help matters late in games either for the most part.

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Not all of the blame for Houston’s defensive woes was all on the secondary last season, but the unit does need upgraded, that is no secret. If the Texans get a couple first-round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, and one is later in the first, don’t be surprised if Tyson Campbell’s named is called by the Texans franchise.