With the Houston Texans first of two picks in Round 5 of the NFL Draft, they take their first defensive player with West Virginia safety K.J. Dillon
After going with four straight offensive players, the Houston Texans finally add someone to their defense with their first of two fifth round selections in the 2016 NFL Draft. The choice they made with the 22nd pick in the round (159th overall) they chose West Virginia safety K.J. Dillon.
Dillon is the second safety from WVU to get drafted this weekend after his running mate Karl Joseph went 14th overall to the Oakland Raiders.
Some believed the Texans would have been interested in Joseph, but after he went well before the Texans’ first pick they waited until now to grab a safety to compete for time. According to NFL.com, Dillon has several traits to admire, but is a work-in-progress.
"Athletic safety who flashes enough ability high and low to believe that he won’t be pigeonholed as one type of safety or another. Dillon has the athleticism and ball skills to help in man coverage and enough awareness from the high safety spot to handle his duties. Dillon has allowed entirely too many missed or broken tackles over the last couple of seasons, but that can be improved with more muscle on his frame and a more technique-driven approach. Intriguing prospect with developmental traits."
At 6-foot and 210 pounds, Dillon recorded 159 career tackles with 17 going for a loss. He also had four interceptions for the Mountaineers, with two in each of his last two seasons in the NCAA.
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