2011 NFL Draft Results: The Houston Texans Select Cornerback Rashad Carmichael

Jake LangenkampCorrespondent IIIApril 30, 2011

BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 04:  Cornerback Rashad Carmichael #21 of the Virginia Tech Hokies intercepts a pass in the end zone in the final seconds intended for wide receiver Tyler Melton #84 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Lane Stadium on November 4, 2010 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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The newest member of the Houston Texans is Rashad Carmichael after being selected 127th in the 2011 NFL draft.  The Texans acquired the 127th after trading down with the Redskins from the 105th pick.

My initial impression is that I like this pick.  Carmichael has a ton of experience at a major BCS program, Virginia Tech, a school which the Texans seem to really like.  I halfway expected the Texans to select outside linebacker conversion project Chris Carter of Fresno State who I preferred there.

The thing that I find odd about the Carmichael pick is that his major fault is that he is not good in man coverage.  He doesn’t get a good jam on the line, and he doesn’t crowd receivers well while running with them in man. 

He is a great zone corner though.  He is a good open-field tackler and has great ball skills.  He will definitely turn his head and look for the ball while running in coverage.  Carmichael had 10 career interceptions at Virginia Tech in two years as a starter.

If secondary coach Vance Joseph can develop Carmichael’s man-coverage skills, he could be a very good pro.  He is an instant upgrade over Brice McCain as the dime corner at the very least.

My only concern for picking another DB is I hope the Texans know they HAVE to sign a veteran free-agent corner to start for next season.  Based off of the savvy that Wade Phillips has obviously interjected into this draft though, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

What is your opinion about Rashad Carmichael?  Let your opinion be known in the comments, or hit me up on twitter (@JakeBRB).