HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans have selected South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger in the second round of the NFL draft.
Swearinger was taken 57th overall by Houston. He'll join a defense that added veteran safety Ed Reed in the off-season.
The senior started 12 games last season and finished with 79 tackles, two forced fumbles and seven pass breakups. He also returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns.
The Texans went to defense in Round 2 after selecting Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th overall pick on Thursday night.
In Round 3, Houston went after another Palmetto State player, selected Greenwood native and LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery.