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Texans take TCU DT Ross Blacklock 40th overall

Houston drafts Florida edge rusher Jonathan Greenard in third round

Ross Blacklock rushing the passer in a game against Baylor on Nov. 9, 2019.
Ross Blacklock rushing the passer in a game against Baylor on Nov. 9, 2019. (TCU)

HOUSTON – After all of the moves head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien has made this offseason, the Houston Texans finally made their first draft selection early in the second round on Friday evening.

With the 40th overall pick, the Texans selected TCU Defensive Tackle Ross Blacklock. The 6-foot-3, 290 pound lineman will look to strengthen a Houston defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in rushing yards allowed per game (25th, 121.1) and total yards allowed per game (28th, 388.3).

Over the course of two full seasons with the Horned Frogs, Blacklock tallied 67 total tackles, 39 of them solo, and 5.5 sacks. He missed the entire 2018 season due to a torn achilles.

Jon Greenard #58 of the Florida Gators celebrates against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jon Greenard #58 of the Florida Gators celebrates against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

With their third round selection, the Houston Texans took another defender -- Florida edge Jonathan Greenard -- 90th overall. His talents will be a huge boon for a pass rushing unit that finished 26th in the NFL last season in sacks (31).

Like Blacklock, Greenard is 6-foot-3, but he weighs 263 pounds and turned in a monster 2019 season for the Gators, racking up 52 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles in 12 starts. His performance was vindication after a right wrist injury robbed him of his junior season at Louisville and forced a transfer to Gainesville.


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