HOUSTON With the 57th overall pick, the Houston Texans select DJ Swearinger, a safety from the University of South Carolina.

Swearinger, who is known for his big hits and huge tackles, played four years for the Gamecocks under head coach Steve Spurrier and is ready for the challenge of the NFL.

I take a whole lot of pride of being physical, at being a force in the middle, says Swearinger. I m ready to take my game to a whole new level.

Through his four years at South Carolina, Swearinger had 244 total tackles, 6 and half of which went for loss. He also racked up 6 interceptions in his career, two during his senior season in 2012.

Swearinger, a native of Greenwood, South Carolina, grew up watching video of current Texans safety Ed Reed during his days in high school.

Getting to play next to Ed Reed is a blessing, says Swearinger. I watched video of him when I was back in high and I am truly blessed right now.

Swearinger played against the Texans 1st round pick DeAndre Hopkins two years ago.

The Texans have two more scheduled picks on the 2nd day of the NFL Draft.

They pick twice in the third round.

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