A whirlwind. A blur.
Those are the words Kevin Johnson uses to describe his rookie year. It was nearly a year ago that Johnson walked through the doors of NRG Stadium, a first-round draft pick fresh out of Wake Forest.
"It was like a blur for me, thinking back on it now," Johnson said in an exclusive interview with Texans TV. "Ending my senior year and then going straight to training for the Combine and then going to the Combine and doing workouts and doing visits and then the draft and then five days after the draft, being in Houston and practicing. Going straight from wearing suit and ties and going to visits and then you're practicing with a helmet. It was just a whirlwind."
Even though he talked with friends that played in the NFL, the young cornerback from Clarksville, Maryland learned a lot about the Texans organization (it's a lot more family-oriented than he expected from a team), experienced playing in an NFL game (the level of excitement is even more than he imagined), and adjusted to life in Houston (traffic can easily add an hour to a commute).
Now heading into his second season, Johnson feels like he has a good idea of what to expect and what is expected of him. Johnson, who saw action in all 16 games with 10 starts, had nine passes defensed in 2015, tying him for fourth in the NFL among rookies. Currently rehabbing from offseason surgeries, one for a broken wrist he played through in the postseason, he is upbeat and looking forward to the 2016 season.
"I'm getting better, a lot better," Johnson said. "I'm just taking it day-by-day and getting back to the player that I want to be and I have my goals as far as what I want to be next year, what type of player I want to be so now I'm just pushing to get towards that goal."
The full interview with Kevin Johnson can be seen on "Texans All Access: 2016 Draft" on Sunday, May 1 at 11 p.m. on ABC-13.
CB Kevin Johnson's career as a Texan and Wake Forest Demon Deacon is shown here in pictures.