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Prospect Profiles DT Lamaar Houston (Texas)

I’ve been trying to hold off on these becuase the combine was coming up and I could get you all the combine numbers, but I’ve been itching to talk about this guy before the combine and was just waiting for some video and ESPN or NFL.com to put out their scouting reports.

Without further adu, Lamarr Houston.

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Lamarr Houston

Measurables:

Born June 24th, 1987. Senior. 6-2 300 pounds.

Stats:

57 tackles (38 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks.

Big Games:

Vs Texas Tech 5 tackles.

Vs Oklahoma 4 tackles

@ Texas A and M 7 tackles

Nebraska 6 tackles

National Title Game: 10 tackles (8 solo) 1 sack

 

As you can see LaMaar Houson really started to come on strong towards the end of the season. In the last three games of the season Houston had 23 tackles. And in his last 6 games he had 6 sacks.

Scouting Reports

CBS Draft Scout

The 2006 Colorado Gatorade High School Player of the Year as a defensive end and running back became an All-Big 12 defensive tackle. His strong senior season (68 tackles, 22 for loss, eight sacks) makes him one of the top risers in the 2010 senior class.

Houston began his UT career as a reserve end and special teams player in his true freshman season (14 tackles, two for loss, sack). The following season, Houston started 11 of 13 contests, racking up 12 tackles for loss and four sacks. A foot injury stunted his growth in 2008, but he still played 12 games (starting eight) at tackle, seven tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Houston’s compact build doesn’t fit what all teams are looking for in interior lineman. However, his strength at the point of attack is undeniable, as is his motor and agility for his size. Depth at the tackle position could push him out of the top 50 picks, but Houston could prove to be a bargain in the third round.

Pass rush: Extremely agile for a 300-pounder and works relentlessly to reach the quarterback. Gets under the shoulder of his man if lined up in the gap or slanting. Beats most cut blocks with quickness and strong hands and is able to recover from initial stalemate to get after the passer. Good backfield awareness. Gets his hands up to deflect passes, though his height and length leave something to be desired. Dangerous on twists inside. Short arms cause him to work harder to get off blocks against top-level guards. Must improve pass-rush moves.

Run defense: Excellent pursuit down the line. Upper body and hands are strong enough for him to pull down ballcarriers while engaged with blockers. Regularly lines up at the five-technique, standing his ground against larger linemen using a strong punch and leverage. Stays square to the line, able to move laterally while engaged. Lacks the bulk play inside on run downs at the next level.

Explosion: Has a good first step, but not elite first-step quickness. Lines up with two hands down so often he must prove to scouts he can get off quickly from the three-technique; his ability to penetrate on slants shows he’s capable. Gets his hands into a blocker’s jersey quickly and pushes them back using leverage and brute strength.

Strength: Massive upper body. Should wow teams pumping bench-press reps at the Combine. Plays strong and has a good punch with violent hands to disengage. Uses low center of gravity to keep leverage against the run. Holds up larger lineman and double teams but will be engulfed by larger NFL linemen, unable to disengage when head-up.

Tackling: Very strong tackler, comes with aggression and does not let go once in contact with the ballcarrier. Agile enough to get through trash inside. Good flexibility and strength to bring down backs coming through the hole. Good burst to the quarterback once through the line. Does not break down in space and lacks the change-of-direction skills to capture elusiveness quarterbacks and running backs, but will chase them down with hustle and good straight-line speed

Intangibles: Very competitive. Has an above-average motor and is willing to play hurt. Generally quiet, but took over vocal defensive line leadership role as a senior. Suspended for one game in 2008 after DWI arrest. Parents are both ministers.

 

Fantasy Football Toolbox 

Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas

Lamarr Houston came to Texas expecting to be the team’s next great defensive end. He did earn 11 starts as a freshman and a sophomore at the end position, and even earned honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades during the 2007 season. Then in 2008 Houston switched to the defensive tackle spot. His season was slowed by injuries, but Houston still managed to make eight starts and do his part clogging the middle of the line.Six games into the 2009 season and Houston is turning into a dominating defensive tackle. He continues to add more weight and is listed at 6-2 and 300 pounds, but the weight seems to keep going up and that is a good thing if he wants to play defensive tackle in the NFL. It is his production on the field that is getting the attention of NFL scouts. Through six games, Houston has 21 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and 17 quarterback hurries.

Houston’s experience at defensive end and defensive tackle should make him a more valuable player in the draft. He can move around in any 4-3 defense and provide quality depth anywhere on the line. Houston will have to make some noise between now and the draft to be a first or second round selection, but he should not fall far past that point.

Sideline Scouting.com

Positives:
-Very explosive off the ball, lateral quickness makes him tough to block inside
-Has a strong base at the point of attack, very disruptive in the backfield
-Has good length to control opposing linemen on contact, sheds blocks well
-Very stout against the run and has the speed to force QB hurries
-Good combination of strength, quickness and footwork
-Put on weight prior to 2009 and really stepped up his game
-Natural athlete, was recruited as a RB/LB, moved to DE then shifted to DT
-Defensive leader, DL was a big question mark for Texas prior to the season

Negatives:
-Prior injuries had kept him from excelling at the position
-Not much experience at Defensive Tackle

Footballs Future Forum member fossilsn2000

Positive:
Houston is an athletic defensive lineman with an excellent burst and quick feet for a man of his size. He displays good strength and uses his hands well in addition to playing with a high motor. His stout frame projects well for a 3-4 end. He is fairly experienced having started games in all four of his seasons transitioning from end to tackle which may also help speed up the process of adapting to the 3-4 position. Based on his interviews he is well spoken and sounds more intelligent than the average defensive lineman.

Negative:
Houston struggled against larger offensive linemen at the senior bowl which should raise concerns ability his ability to play the 5-technique position in pros. While he has good size, he has no room for further growth and lacks ideal height. Benefited from playing with people like Miller, Orakpo, Lokey, and Kindle (it can also be seen as a positive since he received significant playing time despite the talent around him).

Overall: Houston has the physical tools one would look for in a tackle to end conversion. His struggles against larger linemen are certainly a concern, but that was more of an impact on his pass rush while his lateral run stopping abilities remained in tact. His versatility to move from end to tackle reminds me of Kenny Peterson (although Peterson moved from end in college to tackle in the pros). He is largely overshadowed coming into this year’s draft and scouts conflict on whether he can even make the transition. I expect a team to pick him up in about the same range as Peterson a high to mid-3rd rounder.

National Football Post Wes Bunting

Lamarr Houston: DT, Texas, 6-3, 302

Watching Houston this past season, I was intrigued by his game and thought he had the kind of athletic ability needed to create some havoc behind the line of scrimmage at the next level. However, after seeing him struggle vs. Texas A&M center Kevin Matthews toward the end of the year and then be a non-factor all week at the Senior Bowl, I’m starting to change my mind. Houston isn’t real big, lacks the type of burst needed to consistently win with his first step and doesn’t stand out in any area of the game when matched up with NFL-caliber talent. He did make a bunch of plays this year in the Big 12, but I’m starting to think he simply benefited from playing against poorer competition and doesn’t look like anything more than a reserve/rotational guy.

NFL.com/combine

Houston is a short, thick defender that has natural power at the point of attack. He can anchor the middle of the defense when playing with good pad level but can be inconsistent in this area. He has strong hands but again doesn’t always use them effectively to shed blockers. Houston feels pad pressure well and can restrict running lanes effectively. He shows good power to push the pocket as a bull rusher but needs to expand his moves and counters to contribute more as a pass rusher. He needs to be more disciplined and anticipate the snap count as he will jump offsides too often. Houston has the size and athleticism to be an effective interior defender at the next level and will likely fit best in a 4-3 scheme

Strenghts

Houston has enough bulk and size to play inside in a 4-3 scheme. Is a smart player who can feel pressure. Tough performer. Is an instinctive guy who can find the football. Possesses good power. Has been productive in college.

Weaknesses

Houston exhibits an inconsistent motor and doesn’t always finish plays. Gets called for too many flags when incorrectly guessing the snap count. Gets in trouble when he plays with inconsistent pad level. Must improve his pass rush package beyond the bull rush.

ESPN’s Scouts INC

Strength/Toughness 2 Above-average balance and powerful trunk. Plays with an edge. Can lineup at fullback and root linebackers out of the hole in short-yardage situations. Excellent upper body strength and can lock out NFL interior offensive linemen but hands are not sudden enough. Doesn’t jar offensive linemen with violent initial punch. Can get caught guessing snap count and flagged for off-sides in 2009 Big 12 Championship game.
Quickness(hands/feet) 3 Quick first step. Can beat interior offensive lineman to the point of attack and establish position but not going to have as much success shooting gaps and disrupting plays in the backfield at the NFL level. Active hands and flashes the ability to shed blocks quickly but inconsistent in this area and has room to improve in terms of hand fighting.
Versus the Run 2 Plays with a wide base. Can hold ground when teams try to down block on him and can anchor against double teams when plays with sound technique. Keeps head up and locates ball quickly. Above-average lateral mobility when scraping down the line of scrimmage and flashes ability to shed and tackle. Gets down the line quickly and shows above-average range for size. Occasionally plays too high and isn’t big enough to get away with it when he does.
Pass Rush Skills 3 Above-average motor and can make plays with second effort when quarterback is forced to go through progressions. Gets hands up when sees quarterback start throwing motion and times jumps well. Strong bull rusher who drives legs after contact and can collapse the pocket on occasion. Flashes ability to knock offensive lineman’s hands down coming out of stance and push though to the quarterback but takes too long to shed block once reached. Lacks ideal closing speed and can be a step late getting to the quarterback.

Big Board Rankings (2/26)

Draft Board Insider 61

Draftek 96

CBS NFL Draft Scout 101

The Football Prospect Report 85

ESPN’s Scouts INC 51

Where the Mocks have him falling

Walterfootball.com Round 2 pick #61 the J-E-T-S

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Houston is a player I’ve been waiting a while to profile becuase I was waiting for some recognizable websites to get out their scouting reports and today I finally found NFL.com and ESPN’s scouting report on Lamarr Houston.

Houston is a player, I’m personally very much interested in for the New York Giants in round two.

You guys keep saying we can go LB/S in round 1 a DT in round two. Well, Houston is probably the best of the round two defensive tackles left at this point (If Jared Odrick and Arthur Jones are gone by the time the Giants pick).

I like Houston. He works hard, he’s a very good athlete, he has nice size and he was productive. I think a lot of his weaknesses are things that can be coached out of him by a good defensive coodinator or line coach, which we hopefully have now.

Houston gives great effort, he’s big and he’s very strong (I’ll have the combine numbers soon…I bet he does well in the bench press)

Lamarr Houston wasn’t overly impressive at the Senior Bowl which might hurt his stock and maybe even drop him into the third round. If the Giants selected Houston in the 2nd round I’d be satisifed if they could get him in the third round (even if they had to trade up) I’d be estatic.

I think he can be a very, very good player in this league (maybe a notch below pro-bowl) if he can get coached out of some of his tendencies.

This guy use to play RB for crying out loud. That’s the kind of athlete he is. He also improved each year. He also has two parents who are together and are preists which usually means there is a solid familial background and he hasn’t shown too many character concerns.

Final Verdict.

I am completly for drafting Lamarr Houston in the 2nd round (provided a few of my other favorites for round Jared Odrick, Arthur Jones, Daryl Washington, Chad Jones) are not available.

Previous Profiles

RB Jahvid Best

OT Trent Williams

Derrick Morgan

OL Mike Iupati

S Chad Jones

OLB/DE Sergio Kindle

ILB Sean Lee

S Eric Berry

OT Bruce Campbell

ILB Daryl Washington

DT/NT Dan Williams (Updated with K.C. Joyner’s Draft Lab 2/7)

CB Kyle Wilson

DT Jared Odrick

DE Carlos Dunlap

ILB Micah Johnson

DT Arthur Jones

OT Bryan Baluga

OT Anthony Davis (UPDATED 2/5/10)

DT Brian Price

ILB Brandon Spikes

S Earl Thomas

ILB Rolando McClain

RB C.J. Spiller

S Taylor Mays


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4 Responses to “Prospect Profiles DT Lamaar Houston (Texas)”

  1. jeremy says:

    My favorite DT is still Brian Price. If we were to draft him i would not be disappointed. But in all honesty I trust Reese to make the best decisions early in the draft to get impact players at any position. the only players i would hate to draft at 15 is CJ Spiller or Spikes.

  2. […] In round 2, however, you take a defensive tackle. I like Arthur Jones, but Jared Odrick, or Lamaar Houston would be good […]

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