The Texans will come into 2010 with one of the more inexperienced cornerback duos in the NFL, as they are projected to start two second-year players on the outside. Gone but not forgotten will be Dunta Robinson, who left via free agency, leaving the Texans with very little star power on the outside.
The player who will be expected to do most of the heavy lifting and be a leader among this group is Glover Quin, who started as a rookie. Quin has very good size and athletic ability for the position. He has very good speed to match up in man coverage. However, his zone instincts are not great, he needs to improve his ability to read routes and he did not get his hands on a lot of balls last season.
Brice McCain is projected as the other starter, but he’s already starting to lose reps to rookie first-round selection Kareem Jackson. McCain was a part-time backup player last season and saw some action primarily as the Texans’ fourth corner. He does not have great height or size and that could create some mismatches in the AFC South, where big receivers are the norm. Like McCain, Jackson does not have great height, but he is the most athletic corner on Houston's roster even as a rookie. He has an excellent combination of speed, agility and athletic ability. He is very good from the press position and can re-route receivers at the line of scrimmage.
After the three aforementioned players, the depth really thins out. Jacques Reeves would be considered the veteran of this group, but he hasn't played up to expectations since coming to the Texans as a free agent from the Dallas Cowboys. Fred Bennett and Antwaun Molden are mid-round picks who have not developed as quickly as the Texans had hoped.
This is a young group that will be tested early and often. It has the talent to one day be considered a strength on this team. However, that time is not now, as the three projected main contributors -- Quin, McCain and Jackson -- have one career NFL interception between them.