Apopka High School football standout KJ Dillon was drafted in the 5th Round of the NFL Draft (159th overall) by the Houston Texans today. Dillon, a three-year starter for coach Rick Darlington at AHS was the 2011 All-Central Florida Second Team Defense Player of the Year for the Blue Darters.
In 2012, Dillon received a scholarship to The University of West Virginia where in 2015, he was credited with 55 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, two interceptions and eight pass break-ups. Dillon also earned second-team All-Big 12 honors last year, and played in The Senior Bowl this season. He played in 48 career games and started in 29 throughout his 4-year career at the Strong Safety position for the Mountaineers.
The Texans finished 9-7 last season, winning the AFC South Division and making the playoffs. Dillon will play alongside three-time Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt on the Texans’ defense.
“I beat the odds,” said Dillon on twitter earlier today. “I just wanna thank the Houston Texans for this opportunity. Thank you.”
Check out this video of Dillon going airborne to score a touchdown.
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