February 13, 2011
Georgia pass rusher Justin Houston had a breakout junior season, notching 11 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. He was very productive in the Bulldogs’ new 3-4 defense, leading many to conclude that he’ll soon be a disruptive 3-4 outside backer in the big leagues.
However, the tape shows that Houston may need more development before he’ll be effective in that role.
Though Houston began the transition to playing with his hand up, he looked much more comfortable and explosive playing with his hand in the dirt. From a three-point stance, Houston displays an excellent first step; from a two-point, he’s less capable of running the arc around offensive tackles. His limited repertoire of rush moves further amplifies the issue.
As a result, Houston may be more effective early on as a nickel rusher. In fact, a 4-3 team could be interested in having him (read more…)