With the 127th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected Rashad Carmichael, a corner out of Virginia Tech.
An absolute burner on the football field and coming from a program nationally recognized for defense, Carmichael finished his Hokie career with 10 interceptions and taking two of them back for touchdowns.
Graduating with a degree in Human development, "Roc," as he is known around football circles, is a welcomed addition to weak secondary.
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Hometown: Clinton, Maryland
Weight: 192 lbs.
40 yd. time: 4.56
Bench @ 225 lbs.:13 reps
Carmichael was the leader of the Virginia Tech secondary that was second in the nation in interceptions last season. Not much of a hitter at the corner position, he is known more for his ability to make plays on the football. In his junior and senior year combined, he had 23 passes defended and 13 pass breakups.
Playing at a national power in Virgina Tech, Carmichael is no stranger to the big stage. He was looked at as a team leader and was considered the shutdown corner of this Hokie defense.
He will probably force out some of the corners on the Houston roster, and paired with Brandon Harris and Kareem Jackson. Jason Allen will be the veteran presence for this young but already more athletic group of corners in Houston.
Roc Carmichael is a welcome addition to the Texans roster, and he can provide immediate help in the special teams and dime and nickel packages. He has the speed and ball skills to be a nice cornerback in the NFL in seasons to come.