We’ve talked through Justin Layne on my mock drafts before. He was a guy that I thought could maybe be there for the Houston Texans but I wasn’t sure. Now that guys like Greedy Williams and Byron Murphy have fallen out of round one, it’s easy to see Layne sliding to 54 or 55. Let’s take a look at what he brings to the table.
Layne had been rising up draft boards across the nation, even getting some first round buzz but that obviously didn’t happen. He needs some development but has tremendous size and length to go with good athleticism.
The former receiver has excellent ball skills and is fluid in following receivers in their routes. His long speed isn’t terrific but it is more than adequate to track any receiver across the field. The additions will allow him to be integrated slowly to ensure he finishes developing properly.
He is extremely athletic though he doesn’t have top end speed, he still ran a 4.5 in the 40. He is an incredibly smart player in the secondary because of his time as a receiver. He’d have time to simmer in the Houston Texans system for year one before taking over completely in year two but, he may not need that long.