2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia

by Cory J. Bonini on March 25, 2011 @ 18:01:33 PDT

 


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. 

Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-2 7/8, 270 pounds) and speed combination (4.70-second 40-yard dash)
  • Wingspan
  • Locates the ball carrier rather quickly
  • Justin Houston, draft prospect
    Making the move to 3-4 OLB
    Good closing speed
  • Fierce hitter
  • Plays balanced and shows flexibility coming around the corner
  • Explosive edge rusher
  • Team leader with humility

Weaknesses

  • 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.

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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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