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West Virginia Defensive Back K.J. Dillon: Fifth Round, 159th Pick to Houston

West Virginia defensive back K.J. Dillon became the third member of the Mountaineer defensive backfield in the NFL Draft when he was selected by the Houston in the fifth round.

West Virginia's K.J. Dillon has a firey competitive nature, which along with his field-covering style of play, led to his selection by the Houston Texans on Saturday's final day of the NFL Draft. Dillon is the fifth Mountaineer selected, joining Karl JosephDaryl WorleyNick Kwiatkoski and Wendell Smallwood.

Combine/Pro Day Measurements

Height: 6-0 Weight: 210 lbs. Arm Length: 31 5/8" Hands: 9 5/8"
40: 4.53 Broad Jump: 121" Bench: 11 reps Evaluation

Angular with good overall length. Makes attacking the catch point a priority. Has had 20 passes defensed and five interceptions over the last two seasons. Shows an ability to play high or low. Reads his keys and fires downhill to support. Good athleticism. Shows some man cover ability from the slot. Responsive to receivers who try and cross his face in zone. Plays with reactive athleticism and burst to click and close on throws. Involved tackler from near the box.

NFLDraftScout Evaluation

Shows up in all phases of the game; has the capability to make plays against the run and pass, and his size and athleticism only add to his overall ability. Against the run, he is very instinctive and quickly locates the ball. Can shed blockers, allowing him to get behind the line of scrimmage to be disruptive. Not afraid to lower his shoulder and launch himself into the opponent. Ability against the pass is dynamic at times. Shows good eyes and great anticipation to read the quarterback and break on the ball. His timing to high point passes adds to his repertoire in pass coverage. Plays with great energy and hustle. Instinctive player who can make big plays. It is almost like having another cornerback on the field. -- Bo Marchionte

K.J. Dillon Biography \ Statistics

2015 Second Team and Third Team All-Big 12 Conference selection

Played in 48 career games and started 29

Three-fourths of his tackles were solo

Year GP/GS Tackles (Solo/Assists/Total) TFL/Yds Sacks/Yds Int PBU FF FR
2015 13/13 44/10/54 6.5/15 0/0 2 8 0 0
2014 13/12 43/19/62 7.5/18 0.5/4 3 7 0 0
2013 9/4 23/5/28 3/8 0/0 0 6 0 1
2012 13/0 14/6/20 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 0
Total 48/29 124/40/164 17/41 .5/4 5 21 1 1

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