“We made a move here to go back into the third round to pick up a big nose tackle who is a really good scheme fit for us in the defense that we’re going to play,” general manager Rick Smith said following Friday’s draft. “ We had him rated high so for us to have an opportunity to do that and go back and get him; you put him with JD (
At 6-foot-2 and 331 pounds, Nix started 30 of 34 games at nose for the Fighting Irish, recording 123 tackles (44 solo) that included 14 tackles for losses and six deflected passes.
“I’ve never thought ever in life that would happen, but having the chance to play next to Clowney, J.J. Watt, and everybody else on the defense, I’m just super excited and happy,” Nix said. “I know that everybody plays a part in this, that we can always make this a successful defense and a successful team and I just want to be a part of it and I am.”
Houston’s first pick on Saturday will be a compensatory pick at No. 135. Rounds four through seven will begin at 11 a.m.