The counterpart of Karl Joseph during his Mountaineer career, K.J. Dillon was one of the nastiest Mountaineer defenders in recent memory. By the end of his senior season, he was one of the most feared defenders in the Big 12. While many believed he could potentially be an impact player in the NFL, his professional career never got off of the ground.

During his time in Morgantown, Dillon was solid. The Florida native finished his Mountaineer career with 159 tackles, including 17.5 tackles for loss, and 5 interceptions returning 1 for a touchdown. After Joseph went down in 2015, Dillon stepped up and became the leader of the defense. This would lead to him being drafted the following year.

Dillon would be taken in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. In three seasons with the Texans, he would only see the field during 5 games in 2016, finishing with 5 tackles. He would be waived by the Texans in 2017, and would be signed off of waivers by the Cardinals that same season but would never see the field.

He would also have his chance in the newly founded AAF with the Arizona Hotshots, and the XFL with the Houston Roughnecks the following year. Though he may have been expected to make an impact on both teams, his presence was never felt on the field.

Dillon will ultimately go down as one of the most beloved hard hitters in Mountaineer history. His scrappy play and mentality made him a fan favorite, and his leadership after Joseph went down will always be admired. Though he may not have had a successful stint in the pros, K.J. Dillon is still a champion in our book.