Coaches like D.J. Swearinger's physicality
South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger, the Texans' second-round pick in the NFL Draft, is more than ready to learn from Ed Reed. Before he gets the chance to start his tutelage from perhaps the greatest safety ever, here are 10 facts that you can learn about Swearinger right now.
- Swearinger has been watching tape of Reed before every game he's played since high school and calls Reed one of his idols. Swearinger and Reed have never met, but will be asked to be on the field together in some of Wade Phillips' defensive packages.
- Swearinger went against Texans' first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins three times in the yearly battle for state bragging rights. "DeAndre was an outside receiver so I didn't really line up against him at all except for once my sophomore year," Swearinger said. "He got me on a double-move and I still remember that." Swearinger's Gamecocks won all three games against Clemson.
- Swearinger has close ties to Texans' third-round pick, defensive end Sam Montgomery out of LSU. Montgomery and Swearinger were teammates at Greenwood (S.C.) High School and both graduated in 2009.
- D.J. is short for Dayario Jamal.
- Swearinger has a mixtape out. Yes he actually does. His twitter handle is @JungleBoi_Swagg and you can hear the tracks here.
- Swearinger, who was the 57th overall pick and the 25th pick in the second-round, is the highest drafted safety in Texans history. He's first safety the Texans have drafted before the fourth round in franchise history. They've taken one safety in the fourth-round, three in the fifth-round, three in the sixth-round and two in the seventh-round.
- Swearinger is a great hitter and plays with an unreal amount of intensity. He will be really fun to watch with all of the emotion he exudes on the field. Watch.
- He's durable. Swearinger played in every game since he arrived on campus at South Carolina except one. He was suspended for the Gamecocks' contest against Missouri because of an illegal hit on a defenseless receiver.
- Loves to make the big play. Swearinger had a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 65-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown last season. His fumble recovery was the longest return in school history.
- In their history the Texans have drafted three players from South Carolina and all three were defensive backs. Cornerback Dunta Robinson (2004) and cornerback Fred Bennett (2007) are the others.