March 19, 2018

SOTT Interview, Texans Rookie Orhian Johnson

Orhian Johnson

Orhian Johnson

Orhian Johnson has a real quality skill set that NFL teams look for and the Houston Texans realized what he was and is. Spending four seasons in Columbus, Ohio, Johnson attended one of the more storied schools in the country at The Ohio State University. Johnson was just too good for the Texans to pass up and not have him in a Texans’ uniform.

Johnson started 23 games for the Buckeyes between 2009 and 2012 and appeared in 49 total games, racking up over 130 total tackles. “I feel like I can play either safety position. I can play deep, if needed, but I know playing inside the box is my strength.”, Johnson told us.

At 6-3 and 216 lbs., Johnson has the body frame of a safety to make an NFL roster. Throw in the fact he ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, broad jumped 10 feet 10 inches and then finished his day off with a 39 1/2 vertical jump. His athletic attributes are off the charts, “I feel like my athleticism is the one thing that makes me different. I can play deep thirds or man to man, depending on what the coaches want from me.”

The Ohio State University was his second home. He is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, and he is scheduled to graduate in May. “I want to finish school for myself. I want to get my degree from here. When I came to school, I wanted to make sure I got my degree.” Johnson was part of an undefeated Buckeye football team in 2012 and talked highly of the arrival of Head Coach Urban Meyer. “He was exactly what this program needed, a breath of fresh air. Coach came in and everyone on the team bought into what he was doing. We studied and prepared every week and we ended up undefeated which made it a special season.”


The Texans Called

Shortly after the draft, Johnson received a phone call from the Houston Texans and talked about the process, “Location was a big thing for me and heading back South was a key. The Texans came calling and I felt it was a good fit for me and what I wanted to do. This is a childhood dream of mine and I am getting to live it as a Houston Texan.” He continued, “I was waiting at home and when I finally received the phone call it was a moment I will never forget. That is the best thing about this process, I got to choose the best spot for me. Houston was it.”

As we continued talking, I asked him who was the first person that congratulated him. “It was my Dad, and he looked at me and said call DeVier (Posey) now. After I got off the phone with DeVier, we had a nice get together with my Mom and Dad and some family to celebrate.” He continued talking about his father, Oscar, “He has always been there for me and pushing me to get better. He has been the biggest influence in my life and I appreciate everything he has done.”

“The whole process is surreal and I want to come there and work and soak up as much information as I can.” We asked him about getting to camp. Then we asked him about the newly acquired Ed Reed, “He is one of the best to play the game. I am going to listen to him as much as I can, but I also have a job to do to make sure I stay with the team.”

With Johnson coming to Houston, he also has three past teammates who will be with him when he hits camp in current Texans’ wide receiver DeVier Posey, rookies Travis Howard (cornerback) and Zach Boren (fullback). “I talked to everyone and they are all ready, and it will be good to have familiar faces with me in Houston. It is a special situation to have all of the guys together. After I found out we are all going to Houston, we called each other immediately.”


 Moving Forward

“I plan on working until I have to fly to Houston for rookie mini-camp, and I am going to learn as much as I can during those days.”, Johnson expressed. He feels at home with the weather that Texas brings during the summer, especially growing up and playing his high school football in Florida. “I remember that heat and I think I will be good when camp hits, but I have to be prepared for it.”

Johnson knows that this is his best landing spot, especially with the thin safety depth in Houston. “I just want to come in and work and do my job to stay with the team. I have played football my entire life and I am lucky enough to keep playing at the NFL level. I can’t take anything for granted and I thank Houston for the opportunity. Now it is my time to hold up my end of the bargain.”


Orhian Johnson Buckeye player page. 

NFL Draft Profile



We want to thank Orhian Johnson for taking time out to talk to us here at State of the Texans.

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