Scouting Report: Lamarr Houston

Written by Will Spencer on February 18, 2010

Lamarr Houston

Position: DT School: Texas
Height: 6’2 3/4" Weight: 305 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.85

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

2nd Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 7.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 7
Character 6 4.5
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 8

Defensive Line Specific Categories


Max. Value


Run Stopping 8 6
Pass Rushing 8 6.5
Awareness 8 6
Hand Placement 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System


Very quick first step and gets upfield fast. Shoots the gap effectively and disrupts the play. Can collapse the pocket and gets a good push on the blocker. Strong at the point of attack and seems to have a strong lower body. Plays with a wide base. Does a decent job with his hands, keeping his long arms extended (33″) and shows the ability to disengage the blocker. Can flow to the ball well on outside runs showing good lateral movement. A better pass rusher than run defender. Gets his hands up on passing plays. Above average motor. Lined up at multiple positions at Texas, including lining up over the center, guard and tackle. Has experience as a defensive end as well as defensive tackle. Was utilized as a lead blocker in short yardage situations.


Ineffective against double team blocks. Not a fast player, aside from first step. Can get caught playing high at times and loses his leverage. Needs to be more consistent with hand placement. Not as effective against the run as he is rushing the passer. Was arrested for DWI in 2008 and suffered from a nagging foot injury in 2008 that limited his play.


Houston has experience at both defensive end and defensive tackle, making him a versatile option for NFL teams. His play and height/weight/speed ratio indicate that he is better suited as a 4-3 DT at the next level, but his experience at defensive end and other defensive alignments will help in his development as an overall player. Appears to be a one-gap player that uses his quick first step to disrupt plays. However, he may not be able to rely on his first step as heavily in the NFL and needs to further develop into a well rounded defensive tackle. Could be a nice pickup in the bottom of the second round for a team that runs a 4-3 defense that relies on speed.


Played in 49 games, starting in 32 (20 at DT, 12 at DE). Started full senior season at defensive tackle and started 8 games at DT as a junior.

Awards and Honors

2009: Second-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press and league’s coaches.
2008: n/a
2007: Honorable mention All-Big 12 by The Associated Press.
2006: n/a


Corporate Communications major at Texas.


Cousin, Stan Gill, played tailback at Stanford (1985)


Had a nagging foot injury for most of the 2008 season, limiting play/production.

Off-field incidents

Arrested for DWI in August of 2008.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 57 38 19 7 0 0 0
2008 23 16 7 1 0 0 0
2007 45 24 21 0 0 0 0
2006 8 4 4 1 0 0 0

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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