Former ASU wide receiver Jaelen Strong was taken by the Houston Texans Friday night in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Strong spent two seasons at ASU, coming to Tempe by way of Pierce Community College in Los Angeles. The Philadelphia native burst onto the scene with five 100-yard receiving games in his first six starts in 2013. That season, Strong caught 75 passes for 1,222 yards and seven touchdowns, earned Second Team All-Pac-12 honors.
He followed up a strong 2013 with an even better 2014. Despite missing a game with a concussion and playing through a wrist injury reportedly suffered against Utah, Strong caught 82 passes for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns. Strong earned Second Team All-American honors in 2014 from Sports Illustrated CBS Sports, The Sporting News and ESPN.com.
Standing 6-foot-2, Strong is exceptional at high-pointing the football and making contested catches. In a deep wide receiver class, Strong was rated behind players like Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVonte Parker and in some cases Breshad Perriman (depending on which draft experts you like to follow).