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Swearinger Can Be A Big Hit For Houston

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D.J. Swearinger brings some tough SEC defense to the table. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
D.J. Swearinger brings some tough SEC defense to the table. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The 2013 draft class for the Houston Texans may help determine the future success for the franchise.

The team drafted South Carolina University safety Dayario Jamal Swearinger, (better known as D.J. Swearinger), in the second round with the 57th overall pick.

Swearinger was considered one of the top defensive playmakers for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

He is also known as a big hitter, which he will surely bring to the table for an already solid defense.

The safety will be mentored by recently acquired veteran Ed Reed, who is coming off a Super Bowl victory with the Baltimore Ravens.

Swearinger is expected to get a lot of looks and playing reps during the offseason as Reed recovers from arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear in his hip. Reed will miss organized team activities and minicamp but is expected to be ready for training camp.

With the potential knowledge Reed can provide, the sky will be the limit for Swearinger as he will likely need to fill the shoes of the veteran when he does retire.

The safety rarely misses a game. As as a four-year contributor at the college level he played in 52 of 53 games during his four seasons. He started 33 career games in college and only missed one game his senior season due to a suspension.

The SEC suspended Swearinger for one game after hitting defenseless UAB receiver Patrick Hearn.

During his four seasons at the college level he had a combined total of 244 tackles and six interceptions. Because of his performance, he was invited to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine after his senior season.

Before his time at South Carolina, he played on the offensive and defensive side of the ball at Greenwood High School. There he played quarterback, wide receiver and of course, safety.