Georgia junior defensive end Justin Houston declared for the 2011 NFL Draft and is expected to be converted into a 3-4 outside linebacker in the pros.
His 2010 season was the most impressive; Houston was in on 56 total stops, brought down the quarterback 10.0 times and recorded an interception.
- Size (6-foot-2 7/8, 270 pounds) and speed combination (4.70-second 40-yard dash)
- Locates the ball carrier rather quickly
Good closing speed
Making the move to 3-4 OLB
- Fierce hitter
- Plays balanced and shows flexibility coming around the corner
- Explosive edge rusher
- Team leader with humility
- Not very instinctual in coverage or in read-and-react situations
- Suspended first two games of the 2009 season for violating team's substance-abuse policy
- Needs to improve his hand usage
- One-trick pony - limited pass-rushing repertoire
- Doesn't hustle to the whistle
Expected draft placement
Expect several teams to consider Houston after the middle of the first round. He could be selected by the Baltimore Ravens (No. 26), a team desperately in need of a young, pass-rushing force on the outside. The New England Patriots (No. 28) and New York Jets (No. 30) are also strong options to select him.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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