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Get To Know: K.J. Dillon


Here are five things to know about the first of the Texans two fifth-round draft picks, safety K.J. Dillon.

1. He gave himself the nickname, K.J.

"My real name is Kimlon Dillon," Dillon said. "I'm a junior, so I didn't really like going by Kimlon because that's my father's name. I wanted to be my own person, so I just created the K.J."

2. Dillon played on the same team as three of this year's draft selections.

Dillon, Braxton Miller, Nick Martin, and Tyler Ervin were all on the North squad at the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl. The Texans second draft pick from the fifth round, D.J. Reader, was on the South team. Dillon earned himself an invite to the Senior Bowl after finishing the 2015 season with 55 tackles, 7.5 for loss, two interceptions, eight pass break-ups, and All-Big 12 accolades.


  1. He has Type 1 diabetes.**

Right before he arrived in Morgantown, Dillon was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and has played with it all through college.

"It's no problem at all," Dillon said. "I just go about my day like a regular person just as long as I take my medicine, so I've been on that ever since I got it," Dillon said. "I'm doing good now, you know that, and now that I'm in the NFL I'll probably be even better."

4. He loves handshakes.

Just watch.

5. He wants to model his play after another NFL safety from Florida.

Dillon, who grew up in Apoka, Florida, looks up to the two-time Pro Bowler and Miami product Sean Taylor for inspiration.

"The player I like the most is Sean Taylor," Dillon said. "I just like to model myself after him, but he's a great player and I just want to be like him."

The Texans took West Virginia S K.J. Dillon in the 5th round with the 159th pick.

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