LB Justin Houston was drafted 70th overall, in the third round, by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Houston was originally slotted to be a late first round pick, but a report that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine dropped him to the third round.
In 2011, Houston had 5.5 sacks and 49 tackles and his play led him to win the team’s Mack Lee Hill Award.
In 2012, Houston was invited to his first pro bowl after DE Von Miller was reported injured.
Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton says Houston is on the verge of becoming a defensive weapon and along with fellow defensive mate Tamba Ali, will be three down players in the team’s defense.
“There’s no reason,’’ Sutton said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
“That he can’t continue to build on what he did.’’
“The thing about Justin is that he does all three phases pretty good,’’ Sutton said. “He’s a good run defender, he’s becoming a much better pass defender and that makes him a real weapon for us on defense.
“This (defensive scheme) fits his style. He’s not a one-dimensional player. That isn’t all he does is rush the passer. That gives us a lot of potential, a lot of things we can do where you can use these guys (in different ways) and we’re going to use him and Tamba like that.’’
“That’s what I try to do,’’ Houston said. “I try to be good at everything and not just be (one-dimensional). I came in with the mindset of just being a pass rusher but a lot of the great guys can do more than one thing. That’s what I want to do.’’