Former USF linebacker Reshard Cliett was drafted by the Houston Texans with the 35th pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. Reshard was the 211th overall selection.
We mentioned on Thursday that if any Bull was going to get drafted, Cliett had the best shot. He got a lot of hype after his Pro Day performance, where his 4.4 40-yard dash and 38.5-inch vertical jump were well above the average for a linebacker. Cliett came to USF as a safety, so his athleticism isn't much of a surprise, though he may have to beef up a little bit (currently around 225 pounds) to make a roster.
Reshard was a bright spot on a few less-than-impressive USF teams, moving into the starting lineup in 2012 and never looking back. He was a team captain in 2014 and thrived as a pass rusher in Chuck Bresnahan's 3-4 defense, racking up six sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. He'll attempt to be the fourth active USF linebacker in the NFL, following in the footsteps of Jacquian Williams (Giants), Sam Barrington (Packers), and DeDe Lattimore (Bears).
All the best wishes and more to Reshard. We can't wait to see where his NFL career takes him. For now, let's enjoy his official USF highlight reel.