Texans draft Baylor safety Jalen Pitre in second round

The Texans drafted another hometown athlete.

In the second round, the Texans drafted Baylor safety Jalen Pitre, a Stafford graduate.

The 5-foot-11, 198-pounder is the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American.

He led Baylor with 18 tackles for losses and had three sacks and finished with 76 total tackles, intercepting two passes, breaking up seven more and had three fumble recoveries.

He had 60 tackles as a junior and was an All-Big 12 selection with 60 tackles, 13 for losses, two interceptions, returning both for touchdowns and 2 1/2 sacks. He's a converted linebacker who started as a true freshman before redshirting the following season with a shoulder injury.

The Texans had interest in Iowa State running back Breece Hall, but the New York Jets traded ahead of their No. 37 spot to select him 35th overall.

The Texans needed help at safety after Justin Reid signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent.

Aaron Wilson is a Pro Football Network reporter and analyst and a contributor to Sports Talk 790.

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