Lovie Smith loves his secondary, and he has been quite the grooming coach over the past few years at Illinois. Rookie Nate Hobbs who played for the Raiders this past year was a dog as a late round pick for the Raiders. He would go on to have one of the best rookie years of any player. This year in the draft, Tony Adams from Illinois will try his hand, and the former Illinois coach knows a thing or two about Adams.
When Lovie Smith was talking at his press conference he talked about the cornerback position and seemed disappointed in their play last year.
“Well, we’re looking at the roster right now and you see who we have there and you also see our play at the cornerback position,” Smith said. “Our play at the cornerback position last year was not good enough. It’s as simple as that. If we brought somebody back, we have faith in them. We think they can fit into the mix some kind of way. But that’s a position we’ll continue to look to improve.
“We can’t play the type of football that we want to play until we get better at the cornerback position, I will say that.”
Smith brought in veteran cornerback Steven Nelson this week for a visit, but he is obviously looking to upgrade the position. The Texans pick at number three overall and number 13 overall. Will the Texans be in play for a cornerback at 3?
The Houston Texans seem like they are interested in Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. Gardner has the size, speed, strength, and athleticism to lock down top receivers at the next level. There’s also LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr., who recently got his chance to show teams he’s healthy once again and is a likely top-10 pick as well.
The Texans will have the choice to take a cornerback at three, and if they want the top cornerback they better take him at pick 3, because at pick 13, they may have the third or fourth best cornerback available to them.