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OLB Justin Houston - Kansas City Chiefs

6-2, 270Born: 1-21-1989College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 3

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Summary

A truly dominant edge rusher, Houston rises above the one-dimensional tier and makes for a consistently stout big-play target. Of course, that's only the case when he's at full strength, which he hasn't been since mid-2015. Since then, he's dealt with a troublesome ACL tear that cost him the first half of 2016 and led to an inflammation, which drastically limited his late-season snap count. Still, his on-field dominance is such that we can keep him slotted aggressively in our IDP rankings. Houston has registered 34 sacks over his last 30 games, a fairly wide-spanning mark that suggests another season of elite playmaking production. It's always a shaky proposition to value low-tackle, high-splash guys on the LB2 level, but Houston's dynamism isn't to be questioned. There's a strong chance he'll outperform several "safe," sanitized, tackle-first LB options that come off the board multiple rounds earlier. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

OLB Redraft - 40, 24, 36, 39, 46
Overall Redraft - 77, 49, 59
OLB Dynasty - 34, 32, 42

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 KC 16 59 9 22 4 0 0 5 0
2015 KC 11 25 5 7.5 1 0 2 6 1
2016 KC 9 20 2 4.5 1 0 0 1 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 40 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 49 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Chiefs | Justin Houston, Eric Berry out Sunday (Sun Aug 6, 04:40 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston (Achilles') and SS Eric Berry (heel) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6. Head coach Andy Reid said he expects both players will be fine.

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2017 Schedule

1@ New England Patriots
2vs Philadelphia Eagles
3@ Los Angeles Chargers
4vs Washington Redskins
5@ Houston Texans
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Oakland Raiders
8vs Denver Broncos
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ New York Giants
12vs Buffalo Bills
13@ New York Jets
14vs Oakland Raiders
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16vs Miami Dolphins
17@ Denver Broncos