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Texans Draft Trio On Day Two

Created on Apr. 27, 2013 10:46 AM EST

The Houston Texans finished day two with three picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Texans started off their evening selecting safety D.J. Swearinger from South Carolina in the 2nd round with the 57th overall pick. Swearinger will be paired up in the defensive backfield with veteran safety Ed Reed.

Swearinger has a reputation of being a physical and big hitting player that even got some notieriety from a one game suspension after hitting a defenseless UAB wide receiver.

He can even cover opposing tight ends and be vital to the pass defense if he can control the high energy and hard hitting ability that can lead to potential fines or suspensions by the NFL.

But with that said, if there is one safety he who can show him to play smart it will be Reed.

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips spoke to the media soon after the selection of Swearinger. He called Swearinger a tough and physical player that could play both free or strong safety.

“You always try to take a football player, this guy is a football player,” Wade said.

Joining Swearinger on the Texans is his high school teammate Sam Montgomery.

Montgomery is a defensive end from LSU, who was selected by Houston in the third round with the 95th overall pick.

He was considered to be a solid second round potential player but managed to slide to the end of the third round due to red flags of his own. 

But again, with veterans like Reed and solid talent like J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing, he has a good chance to stay focused and away from distractions moving forward.

In between the two draft picks of Swearinger and Montgomery, was tackle Brennan Williams.

The tackle from North Carolina was selected with the 89th overall pick. The addition of Williams automatically adds depth to the offensive line.

But Williams will also have a shot to start with former 2011 7th round pick, Derek Newton, having knee surgery that can keep him out going into the start OTAs. Newton started 14 games last season.

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