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Justin Houston (LB)
  • Height:
  • Weight:
    270 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 7/8 in.
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Selected by: Kansas City Chiefs
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 6 (70)

Pick Analysis: The Chiefs nab a first-round talent with the selection of Houston. He is an explosive pass rusher with the initial quickness and burst to consistently pressure the passer off the edges. Though he suffered a dramatic slip on draft day due to some character concerns, he gives them a big-time playmaker along their defensive front.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.68 sec
  • 3 Cone Drill6.95 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.37 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle11.46 sec


Houston is a bit undersized as a traditional 4-3 defensive end but fits the mold of a 3-4 outside linebacker. Gets off the ball quickly, has enough athleticism to get the corner and can also use the bull rush but needs to do a better job after contact and widen his array of moves. Flashes the ability to keep blockers off his body, set the edge, get off blocks, and make plays in pursuit but needs to show more intensity shedding and playing in a phone booth. Has the athleticism to drop into coverage but might struggle in man. He's an early Day 2 prospect.


Houston has good height, bulk and athleticism for a 3-4 outside linebacker. Active pass rusher. Displays good get off and can get the edge but also will utilize the bull rush. When technique is sound, will maintain outside contain against the run. Can pursue from the backside. Has experience dropping into zone coverage.


Could be more consistent with his hands while pass rushing and against the run when disengaging. Needs to watch his pad level at times and can get washed out. Awareness is still developing when finding the football. Inconsistent effort against the run. Potential liability in man coverage.




Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Justin Houston

    Published: March 15, 2011 at 03:24 p.m.

    Watch Georgia LB Justin Houston work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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