Hailing from "DB U," Rashad Carmichael gives the Houston Texans a cornerback with incredible burners at No. 127. The Virginia Tech Hokie studied under NFL defensive backs Brandon Flowers and Macho Harris and displays an uncanny ability to pick off passes with the game on the line—as evidenced in a final red-zone stand against Georgia Tech in 2010.
While in Blacksburg, Carmichael notched one of the top five 40-yard dash times in school history, along with Michael Vick and DeAngelo Hall, at 4.26 seconds. Though he hit only 4.53 at the combine, scouts still agree he has the speed to keep up with NFL receivers and the ball skills—10 interceptions over his final two seasons—to create turnovers.
There are critiques about his size, however, according to USA Today's NFL Draft Preview Special Edition:
Carmichael is an explosive player with acceleration and speed. He is slender (5-10, 192) but can make big hits. He struggles to get his hands on opposing receivers near the line of scrimmage.
The Texans make it two straight with ACC cornerbacks, having already selected Miami's Brandon Harris with the 60th overall pick. Carmichael figures to battle with Harris for second or nickle corner. 2010 first-rounder Kareem Jackson will be allowed to develop and perhaps start at the No. 1 corner spot next season. It is speculated that Glover Quin will move to free safety. Houston finished 32nd in pass defense in 2011 and there are 32 teams.
Secondary is a position of need for Texans = understatement.