Connor Barwin (Getty Images)
The Texans filled needs at three positions with just one pick as they selected University of Cincinnati defensive end/tight end/special teamer Connor Barwin. Barwin could be one of the best athletes in this draft as he played defense for just one year, after playing tight end and even basketball.
In his only season of playing defense, Barwin recorded 49 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 11 sacks, six passes defensed, seven quarterback hurries, and he even blocked three kicks. Veteran numbers from a novice at the position.
"It wasn't that difficult, playing D-line is not like some of the other positions on defense such as secondary and linebacker is not as complicated," Barwin explained. "You have your gap and you stay in your gap. The transitions the first couple of days playing TE was a little harder because I played DE all season. Playing TE is a little more technical as far as steps and everything so that was a little more of an adjustment. Playing DE because I played it this whole season was a little more natural than playing TE."
Barwin is a very physical player, who will not shy away from contact anywhere on the football field. As a defensive end, he's developed a great spin move which he learned in just one year of playing defense. He's showed good hands and runs good routes while playing tight end. Throw in some special teams, and Barwin is a throwback player from the days of ironman football.
"I'm happy about it (slash),"Barwin said. "It's an opportunity for me to show I can play both positions because like Coach Lewis said I think teams have different ideas for me. Some teams like me at DE, some at TE, some at OLB, to have the opportunity to play both at this level is a good opportunity for me."
So how will the Texans use him? Possibly all over the football field. At 6'4", 253 lbs., Barwin is a bit of a tweener who can be used as a designated pass rusher is pass rush situations, and if he could get even more snaps if the team were to move to a 3-4. Barwin could also be used as a red zone threat on offense, playing in some two tight end sets opposite Pro Bowler Owen Daniels.
The Connor Barwin selection is a solid value at pick #46, and the Texans finished a fine day of selecting as they addressed some perceived holes in their defense.
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