Staying true to their goal of improving their defensive core, the Houston Texans selected Jonathan Greenard, outside linebacker from Florida, during the third round (90th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft on Friday.
During the 2019 season, Greenard finished his senior season as a first-team All-SEC honoree 53 total tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks in 12 games with the Gators. Greenard will be joining a front seven highlighted by J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.
“To be considered playing alongside those guys [Watt & Mercilus] is a blessing and an honor,” Greenard said. “I’m going to come in with the same mentality to work hard as an underdog and learn from the greats.”
Prior to the COVID-19 interruption, Greenard met with the Texans during the NFL Combine — where he recorded a 4.87 during the 40 Yard Dash and a vertical jump of 30.5 inches.
“I had a couple of encounters with them [Texans] at the combine, and I had them high on my list as far as potential teams who could possibly pick me up,” he said. “When I saw their name flash across my screen, I kinda had a feeling that they would call.”
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