Photo of DeAndre Houston-Carson
Drafted By: Bears

Combine Results

Grade
5.56 ?
  • 4.54 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.89 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Houston-Carson adds to the Bears' draft theme of "physicality". The former CB has a number of translatable skills in coverage a well in run support near the line of scrimmage. He should be a strong special teams contributor early with the potential to earn his keep as a core rotational defensive back. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 30 1/8" Arm Length
  • 201LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

Houston-Carson's 2014 season ended early due to injury (67 tackles, three interceptions in nine games), but he returned to form in 2015 -- winning consensus All-American honors at free safety after starting for three years at cornerback. He has prototypical size and plenty of speed to make plays in the deep secondary, intercepting four passes, returning one for a 94-yard score in 2015. Houston-Carson also possesses secure tackling skills which helped him lead the team with 109 stops on the year (4.5 for loss). "DHC" started as a redshirt freshman (55 tackles, one interceptions, seven pass breakups) and sophomore (62 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 INT, 11 PBU), too. Houston-Carson also presents special-teams prowess, with nine career blocked kicks and working as a gunner on coverage units.

Analysis

Strengths

Team captain. Combines a nose for the ball and a hot motor to fill up stat sheet. Slippery on his way to the ball with ability to weave through traffic and slip blocks. Plays with plus balance and is able to withstand contact from blocker and stay in the play. High­-end, charged up tackler with some explosion behind his pads a high­-end tackle production. Former cornerback with a background in man coverage. Has twitch and acceleration to match slot receivers out of their breaks. Plays with outstanding awareness of man and ball in zone coverage. Snared seven interceptions over last two years. Special teams gunner and overall ace with multiple coverage tackles. Gets out of his stance in a flash and has unique talent for blocking kicks including four punts in nine games in 2014.

Weaknesses

Top-end speed to recover and drive from the hash towards the deep sideline is just average. Pad level can get too high robbing him of "stop now" tackle strength against running backs. Gets himself in trouble with some of his angles to the ball. Will take direct angles in his chase leaving little margin for error. Former cornerback still learning proper leverage as a run supporter at safety. Must learn to balance natural aggressiveness with necessary caution. Tapered frame may not be able to add much more weight.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4 or 5

NFL Comparison

Husain Abdullah

Bottom Line

Houston­-Carson exudes confidence and football intelligence on the field and plays with the swagger of a D­-1 safety. In coverage, he is instinctive and responsive and trusts his eyes. While he is a ready, aggressive tackler, he still needs more beef on his frame and has to fine tune his angles to the ball to eliminate some of the big plays he has had a hand in. His physical and mental tools are starter's quality and his special teams talent should get him on the field right away.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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