With the 70th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected OLB Justin Houston from Georgia.
Scouts Inc. assigned a rating of 84 to Houston and ranked him as the 12th defensive end.
You can check out his school profile here.
A great edge rusher that struggles in coverage. South familiar? Houston isn’t Tamba Hali, but he will finally give the Chiefs best pass rusher a friend to play with after forced to perform a one-man show all of last season.
Once seen as a first round pick, Houston’s stock dropped after he failed a drug test at the combine. He also was suspended for a couple of games two years ago after violating team rules, reportedly due to an issue with Georgia’s substance abuse policy.
Red flags aside, Houston can get after the quarterback. He recorded 10 sacks last season and 20 over his three seasons at Georgia. Was All-SEC first team while winning several linebacker awards in just his first season playing in a 3-4 defense.
Unlike many hybrid players that have to learn how to work outside in the NFL, Houston will bring that one year of experience with him to training camp.