In his first week with NFL vets, Lonnie Johnson’s teammates left the Houston Texans’ practice fields impressed with the rookie.
The 6’2″ 213-pound second round draft selection from the University of Kentucky was picked primarily based on potential. Still relatively new to the cornerback position, he showed in OTAs that he has the ability to be an NFL cornerback. Johnson just needs to refine his skills.
“He’s a real big kid,” second-year safety Justin Reid told the Houston Chronicle. “He’s a big kid, almost bigger than me. You see it when he plays. You see it on the practice film. He knows how to use it as well, which is one of the good things about having good corners, is they know how to actually body receivers, especially if they’re going against a big guy. He’s someone that we can see as a potential matchup for those type of situations.”
He wasn’t just getting praise from his teammates. John McClain, a Houston Chronicle columnist (not the NYPD cop who saved lives atop Nakatomi Plaza), pointed to Johnson as one of his overall standouts from OTAs.
“Rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson looks and acts like a big-time prospect, but he’s still feeling his way and unable to react instinctively, like all rookies at this stage,” McClain said.
If Johnson continues to grow as a player, we’ll hear No. 32 called early and often on Sundays.