Round 2, No. 57 Overall: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
After the Laremy Tunsil trade, the Texans will be waiting quite a bit into day two of the 2020 NFL Draft to make their first selection.
We just discussed on the previous slide that the Houston Texans are in dire need of help in the secondary. Since Jonathan Joseph is a free agent, the top three corners on the roster are Gareon Conley (who Houston traded for midseason), former Buccaneer Vernon Hargreaves, and 2019 draft pick Lonnie Johnson.
Both Hargreaves and Conley could be free agents after the 2020 season (if Houston doesn’t pick up Conley’s fifth-year option). That isn’t enough to hang with teams like the Chiefs in the AFC.
The good news is that the cornerback class in the 2020 draft has a good amount of depth. Although the Texans will miss out on top guys, there will be impact players still available at this point in the draft.
Here, Houston takes Jaylon Johnson from Utah. The Utes had a great season on defense in 2019, and Johnson was a big part of that. Johnson is listed at 6-foot, 195 pounds and plays very physical at the line of scrimmage. He’s also got great ball skills, logging two interceptions and 11 passes defensed in 2019. The Texans could play him on the outside on day one.