December 9, 2016

People Are Talking: Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas

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Year: Junior Height: 5’09 Weight: 185 40 Time: 4.32 College Stats: NCAA

BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/15/07)

Round: 1st Rank: 26 Median Draft Position: 25.5 (10 drafts) Lo: 20 Hi: 63 Most Frequent Mock Selection: 27 (New Orleans – 3 mocks)

OUR SUMMARY (as of 4/15/07)

Early entry Houston has moved up the boards on the strength of a great combine and a strong junior season, when he consistently performed well against top receivers. But the profiles sound the ominous ‘Mamula’ siren, suggesting late riser Houston could be another workout guy that won’t put it together on the field. Reports are that he registered exceptional speed and strength numbers in Indy, and displayed athleticism and aggressiveness as a pass defender in 27 starts for Arkansas. But the profiles all say he’s a reluctant run supporter, even content to watch his teammates wrap up a play. Despite his coverage skills, he’s not seen as a playmaker, and his aggressiveness (which is limited to coverage, apparently) led to a rash of pass interference penalties in 06. Despite his blazing 40 time, strength, and rep for playing his best against the best, the opinion is split. The mocks reflect that, placing him anywhere between top 20 and mid-second round. The BSMW Board is pegging Houston for the late 20’s. The Patriots have been looking at him closely; they worked him out privately and then scheduled him for a pre-draft visit to Foxboro.

FREE PROFILE LINKS

NFL Draft Scout via nfl.com
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footballsfuture.com
John Murphy rates Houston as the draft’s best corner
ESPN Scouts Inc.

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