Texans get their man in CB Johnson

Published May. 1, 2015 12:28 p.m. ET

After re-signing Kareem Jackson just prior to the start of free agency, it didn't appear that corner back was at the top of the Houston Texans' needs heading into the 2015 NFL Draft.  But with Andrew Luck in the same division, maybe there's no such thing as too many corners.

On Thursday night, the Texans selected Wake Forest corner Kevin Johnson with the 16th overall pick in the draft.

Texan general manager Rick Smith told reporters Thursday night that Johnson was the top corner on their board, making it an easy pick for the team.

“When you can look at pictures and see this guy do everything that were going to ask him to do on film, you saw that on tape," Smith said, according to the team's official website. "That’s not taking anything away from (Michigan State cornerback) Trae Waynes, we thought he was a great player as well. But when we’re talking about versatility and we’re talking about a guy who we saw do all the things that were going to ask him to do and we think he can do it in the slot and we think he can do it on the edge.

"When you put all those factors together and the way that he plays and how instinctive he is, that’s why he was my favorite.”

The pick was also met with approval from Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who recalled facing off against Johnson in college.

Johnson figures to play behind starters Jackson and Johnathan Joseph at corner for the Texans this season.

(h/t Houston Texans)
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