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After the completion of every NFL Draft it is always interesting to try to figure out which rookie can have the most impact for the team that spent one of their coveted draft picks on in hopes to improve their team.

The Houston Texans came away from the 2015 NFL Draft with seven rookies, but the question is which one will have the most impact for the team in 2015.

Logic would suggest that the majority of people would choose the player that was drafted the highest. That is not always the case, but for the Texans it could possibly be true.

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2015 rookies

Kevin Johnson is a cornerback out of Wake Forest. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round with the 16th overall pick.

Benardrick McKinney is an inside linebacker out of Mississippi State and was drafted 43rd overall in second round. Jalen Strong is a wide receiver out of Arizona State and was drafted in the third round.

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In the fifth round the Texans drafted another wide receiver out of Michigan State, Keith Mumphrey.

In the sixth round the Texans drafted to players, outside linebacker Reshard Cliett out of USF, and defensive tackle Christian Covington who played at Rice University. With your final selection in the 2015 NFL Draft the Texans selected Kenny Hilliard, a running back out of LSU.

Add in the number of undrafted free agents and that's quite a few rookie players that hope to not only make the team, but make an impact in some way or another.

Biggest impact in 2015?

It is still really early to predict which rookie might have the biggest impact, but for the fun of it let's speculate.

Personally, my first choice would be the Texans first round selection, Kevin Johnson.

Johnson plays a position that rookies can come in and usually start right away at. Cornerback is a position of importance for every NFL team in the league, especially since offenses have become more proficient in the passing game.

Johnson however might have a difficult time beating out Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson, who were more than likely penciled in as a starting quarterbacks on the outside of the Texans start the season.

It is however good to note that Johnson has already caught the eye of head coach Bill O'Brien.

"Kevin Johnson is a young player who's got a really bright future," said coach O'Brien.

"He's learning the game, the pro game. He's got some really good guys to learn from in his coaches, obviously (defensive backs coach) John Butler, but also Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson.

"What Kevin does well is he's a smart guy, he's a hard worker. He's a very good transitional player. So he's able to see it… and he's able to transition well--he's got good quickness."

It's still really early to speculate that Johnson can be the most impactful rookie in 2015, especially since none of the players have practiced yet in full pads.

Other hopefuls

I could also see Bernardrick McKinney becoming an impactful rookie if he's able to earn the other starting position at inside linebacker next to Brian Cushing.

Playing behind a defensive line that includes J. J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, and possibly Jadeveon Clowney could possibly benefit any linebacker, especially McKinney if he can distance himself from the others competing to play inside linebacker.

It will be difficult for either of these two players to make an impact in 2015 if they can't beat out some of the veteran players ahead of them on the depth chart.

It will be interesting to see if these two rookies can make an impact with a Texans in 2015, or if someone else from the draft class can earn that distinction.

Which rookie do you think will make the most impact for the Houston Texans in 2015?

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