It has been reported that Aaron Colvin will sign a four-year deal with the Houston Texans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. After a 2017 where the Texans corners were some of the worst in football, Colvin is a welcome addition, and can hopefully bring his playoff pedigree to Houston.
A standout and first round draft prospect out of the University of Oklahoma, Aaron Colvin tore his ACL at the 2014 senior bowl and fell all the way to the fourth round: where the Jacksonville Jaguars picked him 11th overall.
While in Jacksonville, Colvin missed ten games his rookie year because of the aforementioned ACL injury, but was able to bounce in 2015 during a sophomore campaign that resulted in 73 combined tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble.
Colvin would again miss time in 2016 after being suspended four games for a PED violation and missing two other games because of an ankle injury. Despite these setbacks, Colvin was still able to solidify himself as an above average corner in a star-studded Jaguars secondary.
Since 2014, Aaron Colvin ranks first in coverage snaps per TD allowed 👀 pic.twitter.com/7aQIlToVoF
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 4, 2018
In 2017, Colvin helped the Jaguars reach the AFC Championship game as a nickel corner, while Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye were the regular starters. One of his contributions was a key interception against Ben Roethlisberger during the AFC Divisional game, something he hadn’t done the entire regular season.
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Coming off a 2017 season where he was ranked as the 47th best corner in football on Pro Football Focus, Colvin will be a much needed addition to a talent-deprived Texans secondary. Texans corners Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson were routinely slashed for big gains by opposing receivers, something that will hopefully end with the signing of Colvin.
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) March 13, 2018
What Colvin is mainly known for is his ability to rush the passer, recording 166 combined tackles and five sacks over just 25 starts. While the Texans already rank 12th in tackles and second in sacks, Colvin will supplement a defensive front that is already composed of superstars like J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.
Although the Texans were linked to more established corners like Malcolm Butler and Aqib Talib before this signing, Colvin is young at 26 years old (two years younger than Butler and four years younger than Talib) and has proven that he is a good corner in this league.
Texans general manager Brian Gaine has a lot of problems to fix on the Texans, with the Texans secondary surely one of them, and signing Aaron Colvin was certainly a step in the right direction.