The Houston Texans found that sleeper Saturday.
The Texans picked Bonner in the sixth round with the 195th overall selection. He became the Gamecocks’ first drafted player since David Gulledge and Darrell Malone went in 1991 and JSU’s eighth all-time.
Bonner told The Star during JSU’s Pro Day and reiterated the position through JSU publicists before the draft that any media contact with him should be made through his agent, Bus Cook.
After being selected on the third day of the draft, he was quoted in a news release by JSU saying, “I was just playing the waiting game for the last few hours and I was just filled with joy when I saw my name on the screen.”
Bonner was the Gamecocks’ leading receiver last season, but he has been just as valuable throughout his career as a return specialist.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak told reporters in Houston he loved watching Bonner at the NFL Combine and loved his confidence.
“I think there is a big upside here,” he said. “There’s a big step for him to take from where he’s coming from, but he’s gonna get a great opportunity with us. We’re so young at wide receiver, there’s gonna be plenty of reps to go around and I think this kid’s got some special stuff to him.
“We’ll just sit there and work with him, but I think he’s got a chance to help our football team.”
The Texans also took a wide receiver — DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson — with the 27th pick of the draft.