Much like Mario, Connor Barwin will be making the switch from DE to OLB in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense.
Barwin, who stands 6'4" and weighs in at 254 pounds, is a more typical linebacker. However, coming off a season-ending injury could mean that he lags slightly behind at the beginning of the season.
Connor will be playing opposite Mario, which means that he may be able to get to the QB more often than not, assuming that defenses will be attempting to double-team Mario. Otherwise, Connor may see single coverage and will be able to use his strength and technique to disrupt many plays.
Unlike Mario, Connor has more upside in that he will be able to drop into coverage and act as a third pass defender. This versatility may not have him rushing the QB as often as Mario but will still make him an integral part of the Texans' new defensive scheme.
I project that Barwin will have a career high number of sacks this year. First, though, he will have to defend his position against rookie LB Brooks Reed, who many believe could take that position from Barwin.