In Week One, the Texans host the defending AFC champion Colts, whom they twice played very tough last season, only to lose both games.
To overtake Indianapolis, Houston will need to slow Colts QB Peyton Manning, who has riddled the Texans' secondary over the years. To that end, and with the Texans' top corner, Dunta Robinson, departing in free agency, Houston's selection of Alabama CB Kareem Jackson with the No. 20 overall pick makes sense.
Jackson figures to get a chance to start immediately. He's tough and instinctive, and he started 40 games in Nick Saban's defense at Alabama. He is not an elite athlete, but he should fit the Texans' scheme quite well.
The Texans have been knocking on the door of the playoffs for several years, and they have closed the gap on the Colts. Moreover, their defense had its moments against Manning last season, taking away big plays in the first matchup between the teams and intercepting him twice in the rematch later in the season. Jackson helps a defense that will need to be on top of its game if Houston is to finally make the leap from sleeper to playoff club.
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