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The second round will be the ideal time to hunt for a safety. It's a deep class and there are many different flavors to choose from.
D.J. Swearinger offers intensity and toughness on a Brian Cushing level. If the Texans are comfortable enough with him handling the coverage duties they require, they shouldn't hesitate to make this addition to their defense.
His instincts, feel for the safety position and quickness in short space well make up for his perceived deficiencies in coverage due to long speed concerns.
Swearinger was asked to handle all sorts of coverage duties at South Carolina, whether it was playing in single-high coverage, the deep half of the field, the deep third of the field or even at cornerback at times.
For a player who often gets slapped with coverage concerns, you don't see plays going over his head on tape like his reputation would suggest. It's worth noting he posted the top-three cone drill time (6.70) at the combine for safeties and put up an impressive 20-yard shuttle (4.11).
His comparison to T.J. Ward is apt and he would benefit from similar use in the NFL.
You won't find a more physical, hard-hitting safety in this draft class. Houston's defense suffered from soft play against the run too often when Cushing went down last season.
Swearinger could add a physical dynamic to the back end that's presently missing. This physical element he brings makes him one of the more special prospects at safety in the draft.
There could be other intriguing safety options on the board at this time and it'll come down to the Texans' preference in skill sets.
Swearinger's traits are more of what's missing from the Texans' safety depth right now, which could push the choice in his favor come draft weekend.