HOUSTON – Houston added two more players to its NFL Draft history Saturday when Howard Wilson and Brandon Wilson were drafted by the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively.
Saturday’s two selections follow the Baltimore Ravens’ pick of Tyus Bowser in Friday’s second round and gives Houston 176 all-time NFL Draft picks.
With Saturday’s selections, Houston has at least three NFL Draft picks for the second consecutive year and the 31st time in program history.
An early entry to the NFL Draft, Wilson closed his Houston career with nine interceptions in just 29 games. After playing 13 games as a true freshman in 2014, his season was cut short due to an injury after just three games in 2015. A medical redshirt restored his sophomore eligibility for 2016 where he finished second in The American with five interceptions while ranking fourth with 10 pass breakups. He finished his career with 107 tackles, 15 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.
Brandon Wilson started eight of 10 games he played in 2016, missing three due to injury. Named to The American Athletic Conference’s Second Team, Wilson opened his senior year with a bang, returning a missed Oklahoma field goal from the back of his own end zone for a touchdown in Houston’s 33-23 win over the Sooners. He also added a career-high 10 tackles and a pass breakup in the game, earning Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors.
Wilson finished the year with 43 tackles, including four tackles for loss and two sacks, five pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble. He also added 21 kick returns for 510 yards while pulling in five receptions for 52 yards and four carries for six yards while seeing time as a running back in the Las Vegas Bowl.
He closed out his career with 81 tackles and 17 tackles for loss with four sacks, five pass breakups and three fumble recoveries. Wilson had 44 career kick returns for 1,121 yards and two touchdowns.
Wilson finished his career with eight touchdowns in six different ways. In addition to his missed field goal return vs. Oklahoma, he also had two rushing touchdowns, two kick return touchdowns, a fumble return, an interception return and a blocked field goal return.
In 2015, he was the only player in the nation to score multiple touchdowns in all three phases of the game with two touchdowns each on offense, defense and special teams.
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