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We know that the upcoming NFL Draft is reputed to be very deep at the defensive tackle position. That bodes well for our New York Giants, and I would be stunned if they don't try to bring in someone via the draft who could at the very least improve their tackle rotation.
One such player might be Texas defensive tackle LaMarr Houston, the subject of today's Daily NFL Draft Prospect Profile.
Let's take a closer look at Houston.
LaMarr Houston Scouting Reports
From Draft Breakdown.
Very quick first step and gets upfield fast. Shoots the gap effectively and disrupts the play. Can collapse the pocket and gets a good push on the blocker. Strong at the point of attack and seems to have a strong lower body. ... Not as effective against the run as he is rushing the passer.
Could be a nice pickup in the bottom of the second round for a team that runs a 4-3 defense that relies on speed.
From Consensus Draft Services.
Rapidly ascending player got better every week and had a fine performance in the national championship game. ... Top athlete for the position, combining quickness, agility and explosiveness. ... Best football still in front of him.... When all is said and done, may hear his name called in the second round. Has the athletic tools to develop into a starting DT a few years down the road.
From the National Football Post.
Houston has put on about 15-20 pounds since last season and it's worked to his benefit. He displays a lot more power and balance at the point of attack and looks comfortable when asked to sit into his stance, extend his arms and control blockers on contact. ... Houston is sudden on contact as a pass rusher and does a good job using his hands, keeping his pad level down and accelerating toward the ball. ... He looks like a potential nose tackle or three technique in a 4-3 scheme at the next level and will give whatever team he's on a lot of options inside.
Why Houston fits with the Giants
Because we know the Giants could use depth on the defensive line, particularly at the tackle slot. This is a player who appears to have lots of skills the Giants could use in a variety of ways, and we know how they have always loved to move players around. Could be a solid selection in the middle part of the draft.
Why the Giants should pass
My only concern about this guy as a third- or fourth-round pick, let's say, is that he might be a 'tweener.