With no free agency or OTAs to report on, the NFL draft analysis is still coming in from around the web. NFP took another look at the Kansas City Chiefs picks and saw some similarities in two defensive selections.
Justin Houston will probably play outside linebacker for Kansas City. He has all the physical traits to be a player but he has to develop consistency. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has worked well with players like this in the past and should get the most out of Houston. Defensive end Allen Bailey has the size, strength and athleticism to excel as a 5 technique player. He had inconsistent production in 2010. Though he is athletic, you didn’t always see him play with that athleticism. Some question his instincts.
There are going to be questions swirling around Houston on and off the field until he shows that he is more the first round prospect he once was and not the third rounder he ended up being. As long as the Chiefs don’t ask him to do much more than get after the quarterback early on, I think Houston can have an impact immediately.
As far as Bailey goes, I’ll have to disagree with NFP’s assessment. It’s not a matter of him showing playing with his athleticism — it’s hard to miss — but instead trying to find the talent that will help him take it to the next level. Out of the chute you’re looking at mostly a special teams guy and with his size/speed combo he will do some major damage. Considering he played end, tackle and linebacker during his time at Miami, Bailey could eventually turn into the type of versatile player that Todd Haley craves.