When an NFL team wants to give a jolt to its defense, there’s no better place to look than the SEC - the biggest, baddest conference in the land.
The Houston Texans tapped the SEC for two of their Friday NFL draft selections, grabbing free safety D.J. Swearinger of South Carolina in the second round and defensive end Sam Montgomery of LSU in the third.
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TEXANS’ DAY 2
Rnd 2 (57th overall) - D.J. Swearinger (S, 5-11, 208, South Carolina): Punishing hitter who left a lot of SEC running backs and receivers sore. Had perhaps his best year in 2011 with 80 tackles and 3 interceptions. In 2012 he rotated between free safety and cornerback, made 79 tackles and helped create 6 turnovers.
Rnd 3 (89) - Brennan Williams (OT, 6-6, 318, North Carolina): A player on the rise who, according to CBS Sports.com, is long-armed with an athletic build suitable to playing the edge. Missed 4 games last year with a shoulder injury. Right now is considered a better prospect than a player.
Rnd 3 (95) - Sam Montgomery (DE, 6-3, 262, LSU): Highly productive player in college, although scouts are concerned about his lack of flexibility and slow first step. As a sophomore, led the team in sacks with 9.5 and was second in tackles for loss with 13.5. Similar stats last year with 13 tackles for loss and 8 sacks.