During the second round (No. 40 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected Ross Blacklock, the defensive tackle from TCU on Friday. During the 2019 season with the Horned Frogs, Blacklock posted 40 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, to go along with 3.5 sacks across 12 games.
Blacklock says he had hopes of getting drafted into the first round on Thursday, but the selection by his hometown team had helped ease the pain.
“I had pretty high hopes of going in the first round and that was my goal,” Blacklock said. “Although I did not go in the first round, I am beyond excited to be able to go back home and play for my hometown team.”
A graduate of Elkins High School, Blacklock finished his three-year career at TCU with 67 tackles, 15.5 tackles for losses and 5.5 sacks in two full seasons. After a stellar freshman year in 2017, Blacklock missed all of his sophomore season in 2018 due to an injured Achilles.
“During the time where I was out, I just spent that time studying and being more of a football player,” he said. “Even though I could not be on the field, I was active with the guys, watching film as if I was playing that season. Just missing that entire season helped my mentality as a football player.”
Blacklock, 21, grew up a huge Texan fan and is thrilled about the opportunity to play alongside his idol, J.J. Watt.
“He’s [Watt] an idol of mine. I try to mirror my game after his. It’ll be unreal to play next to a legend like that.” — Blacklock
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