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Texans Believe 5th Rd S Shiloh Keo is a “Diamond in the Rough”

The of Snohomish County, Washington, reported that Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak believes their fifth round safety pick out of Idaho, Shiloh Keo, is a “diamond in the rough.”  Kubiak said on the 5’11”, 219 lb. 23-year-old safety:

“I love this guy’s football IQ when I watch him play, diagnosing routes, formations, and what’s fixing to happen. He has great hands. If the ball is close, he’s going to make the play and has the ability to take it back to the house; makes big hits in games that are difference-makers for football teams. The passion he had when we called him, him and his family, if he brings that to our locker room, he’s going to be just fine.”

The also reported that general manager Rick Smith is also excite about the player:

“He is one of those players that you talk about as a diamond in the rough.  He doesn’t have great measurables, but what he has intangible-wise and what he adds from a physical standpoint, he has tremendous ball skills. He is a very heady player with great football instincts. He’s the type of guy that you look for in those rounds, and we really think he can come in and help our team.”

Keo was Idaho Vandals team MVP as a sophomore in 2007.  He was awarded first team All-WAC honors in 2009 and Second Team All-WAC honors in 2010.  Keo said on draft day that it was his performance in the East-West Shrine Game that won over the Texans.  He was coached by Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.  Keo earned defensive captain in two days of being at the game.

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