Justin Houston

The Redskins Draft Strategy

Over the offseason, I’ve been attempting to figure out my best guess for what Mike Shanahan and company will do in their first real offseason. Shanahan and Allen have had their staff for a full year now, and are now familiar with all the players. Shanahan knew the players only by film last offseason, but now knows what he truly has. It will take a couple seasons before Shanahan is fully comfortable, but he is on his way. In all of the mock drafts, most people have the Redskins selecting from a pool of players consisting of Julio Jones, AJ Green, or Jake Locker- often stating WR and QB as the biggest needs. But, this is my take on the Redskins approach, come April 28th. Read more

Posted on by Matt Peterson in 2011 NFL Draft, Redskins 1 Comment

Justin Houston scouting report

Justin Houston OLB Georgia
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 258

Strengths:
Impressive strength. Experience at defensive end in a 4-3 and most recently at linebacker in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 system. Excels as a pass rusher. Shows an impressive burst off the snap making him a nice speed rusher.
Weaknesses:
Sort of a ‘tweener. Doesn’t have the elite athleticism that most teams look for in a 3-4 outside linebacker. Doesn’t have the strength to be consistent against the run as a defensive end. Suspended during 2009 offseason for violating Georgia’s substance abuse policy.
Comments:
Houston has most of the raw tools to succeed in the NFL, but I’m concerned about his lack of a position. Georgia’s defensive coordinator Todd Grantham found a perfect role for him in his 3-4 defense, but it makes me wonder if Houston was just a product of great college coaching. I don’t see him making a significant impact early on in his career and he may be more of a developmental prospect that you’d like to see in the 1st or 2nd round. That said, if his future team is willing to be patient and develop him properly he could turn into a star. He definitely has the raw talent to be a Pro Bowler at either linebacker or end.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

A.J. Green, Justin Houston meet with Falcons

A.J. Green, who has previously said that the potential NFL lockout would influence his decision to enter the draft, had an opportunity to get some answers to his questions.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Green, Justin Houston and other Georgia underclassmen met with Falcons president Rich McCay to discuss making the jump to the NFL. The potential lockout was reportedly the main topic of discussion.AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13: A.J. Green  of the Georgia Bulldogs pulls in this touchdown reception against Demond Washington  of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

As I’ve stated before, I fully expect Green to enter the draft. He is a top-15 lock, and could go as high as the top five. The looming lockout should have no impact on his decision.

Justin Houston, however, could be swayed by the potential lockout. He is a potential 1st-round pick, but definitely not a lock. By returning to school he could reasonably expect to boost his stock without running the risk of having to sit out the season in the NFL.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Falcons Comments Off