Houston Texans 2015 first round pick, Kevin Johnson, made a solid impact for the defense in his first season. A lean and rangy cornerback, Johnson silenced critics who doubted his toughness early on, and he showed he could absolutely play the game from a physical standpoint.
Johnson's season took a slight downward turn about midseason and some pointed to the infamous rookie wall. However, it was later revealed he was playing with fractured fifth metatarsal for the final month of the season. Then in final week of the season, he suffered a broken wrist on a peel back block and both injuries required surgeries at the end of the season to repair.
Coach Bill O’Brien liked what he saw from his top pick of the 2015 draft class.
“He was impressive as a rookie. He’s a mature kid. I was impressed with the way he threw his body around,” said O’Brien. ““Other than that, he’s a very instinctive player.”
With the injuries Johnson sustained during his rookie season, O’Brien wants Johnson to add weight for the coming season to help his play on the field.
“He’s skinny, so I think one of the things I’ve got to see him, he’s in the training room a lot because he’s had a couple of offseason surgeries, he’s got to put a little weight on, and maybe that’s one of the biggest things he can do to improve,” explained O’Brien.
Johnson’s rookie season saw him play in 16 games, compiling a total of 54 tackles with 9 pass deflections and one interception.