Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Houston Is The 57th Best Player In The NFL


The NFL’s countdown of the top 100 players continued Wednesday night and another Chiefs linebacker showed up on the list.

Coming in at number 57 is Justin Houston, who received praise from Terrell Suggs as being one of the top four outside linebackers in the game. A nifty accolade that was also given to Tamba Hali. So, yes, the Chiefs are looking pretty good at outside linebacker between Houston, Hali, and Dee Ford.

Houston may have missed most of the second half of the season but his impact in the first half was too much to ignore. He had a 4.5 sack game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Andy Reid‘s return to Philly and made key plays against, a three-sack game against Jacksonville to open the season, and a four-game game streak with at least one sack from week five to week eight. His ability to create pressure on the quarterback was instrumental in the success of the defense and the team.

Pro Football Focus also thought pretty highly of Houston, giving him a +35.5 grade for the season and a +20.4 pass rushing grade (note: includes playoffs). Even though he missed the final five and a half games of the season, Houston was still the top-ranked 34 outside linebacker in the NFL according to PFF. So it should be no surprised that he ranked in the top five amongst 34 OLB in pass rush grade, run defense grade, and pass coverage grade. That’s a pretty complete player.

We would love to embed the video of Justin Houston segment on the show but the NFL doesn’t allow such things. Instead we’ll have to link you to the video: Justin Houston.

Houston joins Derrick Johnson as the two players to appear on the top 100 so far.

Tags: Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs NFL Top 100

  • berttheclock

    He was a very legitimate 1st round draft choice, who fell to the 3rd round due to an incident with grass. He really was the “Steal of that draft” and one of the few great picks of Pioli.

    • micah stephenson

      How much pain did you endure to admit Pioli picked somebody good? Lol

      • Blaize Richardson

        I always hate how most people always sees things as either black or white. Pioli was terrible for a lot of reasons. He failed to adequately address the QB position, he was difficult to work with, and he made more than a few reaches, but the man still did some good and Houston wasn’t his only good pick.

        Succop was a great pick for the last player in the draft, Eric Berry was a great pick, Asamoah was a great pick for the 3rd round, Dontari Poe was a homerun, Donald Stevenson was a very good pick (would consider it great if we didn’t pass on Wilson). Pioli was a top GM candidate for a reason. The man made some good picks, he just happened to make a lot more bad picks and also suffered from some bad luck.

        • micah stephenson

          I Agree. Let n C.Weis go was his biggest mistake. Hiring T.Haley was the 2nd biggest.

      • berttheclock

        Look, clown, I have stated this about Houston for a long time. I have written Pioli RARELY picked up anyone,of value. Berry and Houston are his standout picks, plus Poe, but, then, I credit Romeo more for talking him into taking Poe.. My beef with him was he fell asleep in the later rounds where great GMs find talent. He failed over and over again to build depth. Another problem with Pioli is how he overlooked great talent to take lesser. A great case in point was his moving up in the draft to take Moeaki due to his friendship with the Iowa HC (which also applies to his Stanzi pick). He moved to 93 to take Moeaki and left Jimmy Graham on the board at 95 for the Saints. Pioli was very lazy in doing any research on players.

        • Michael Shaw

          damn bert!

    • tm1946

      Definitely deserves the accolades but suspect we may suffer a bit getting him to commit to his next contract.

  • micah stephenson

    No ASA11 on the top ten list so far??? That’s odd. Lol

    • trinity

      hahahahaha :D. Just wait, he’s gonna be number 1

      • micah stephenson

        Lol. Lol

    • jgwindsor

      kap was like #81 and got 126 mill

      guess houston should get 200 mill

      works for me

      • Blaize Richardson

        If I had to choose between Kap or Houston, I’d choose Houston everytime.

        • Michael Shaw

          If I had to choose between Kap or AS11, I would take AS11!!!

          • Blaize Richardson

            I agree with you there as well.

          • micah stephenson

            I would take Kap. So would most nfl gm’s. Kap is younger and more talented.

          • trinity

            Agreed. Kap has probably the highest ceiling of all the young QBs in the league. Look at what he’s already accomplished in this very short span. Lol no damn way I would take Alex over him.

          • Blaize Richardson

            You really think Kap has a higher ceiling than Luck, RGIII, Cam Newton, or hell even Nick Foles?

          • trinity

            Yes definitely. The only debatable one is cam newton in my opinion. I think that if kaepernick develops to his full potential, he will be better than all of them.

          • Blaize Richardson

            I’m really glad that Dorsey is the man in charge of the Chiefs and not you.

          • trinity

            Right, because who would choose the dangerous playmaker who has more playoff success than any guy you just named? What could I possibly be thinking? Lol only on this forum.

          • trinity

            Right. Because who would choose the guy with the dangerous playmaking ability who has more playoff success than any of the guys you named? What could I possibly be thinking? Lol only on this forum.

      • Michael Shaw

        Interesting point. What are the “top” OLB’s in today’s NFL averaging?

    • Blaize Richardson

      Look everyone already knows that you don’t like Alex Smith and if you want to bash him, that’s fine. I’m all for freedom of speech and differing opinions (even though yours are always juvenile and rarely constructive), but can’t you at least limit it to the threads that are about the man (I mean there’s like a million discussions on the man already). Your post has nothing to do with the article and doesn’t really offer much from a discussion standpoint.

      • micah stephenson

        I like to bash him wenever I can.

        • Blaize Richardson

          Well I guess haters gotta hate.

        • Michael Shaw

          Isn’t that kind of childish though? Especially when the article your doing it on has nothing to do with him?

          • micah stephenson

            Actually its kinda fun. Yall b like “dam, ge find ways to dog ASS11 even when it ain’t about him” lol

    • berttheclock

      Who uses the term “Lol” anymore? No adult for sure, but, then……………………………

      • micah stephenson

        Anybody who uses the internet or text messages.

    • Eric Haddock

      Gotta be honest, your trash talk on Smith is getting really old. What the fuck do you want? Somebody who makes constant mistakes and ruins every game for the team? He’s the best option they’ve had on the team at qb in ten years, sure, not every game for him was great, but did he lose any games solely on his own? No. Go be a fan of the 49ers if you really want Kap so bad, or shut the fuck up about the team’s decision to have a top 15 qb on the team to play the most important position in the game. Seriously, just stop, we all know you don’t like him, at least save it until the regular season next year if he ruins a game completely on his own.

  • Michael Shaw

    I am sorry, but am I the only one that believes that Justin should be insulted to be listed lower in the top 100 than the likes of DeMarcus Ware and, of all people, Vontaze Burfict????? I am sorry, but Ware was injured most of last year and what the hell did Burfict do for the Ben Gals??? Especially since I am a true believer that Houston and Hali are BOTH top 50 players!

    Oh and Micah, are you going to choke on your words when Alex is listed in the top 40 or 50 players in the next two weeks????? It is very possible with his numbers from last year.

    • micah stephenson

      What numbers? He prolly ranks in the bottom half of most categories.

      • trinity

        I know right. he didn’t put up numbers this past season lol

  • Norman Gunn

    Anyone else think that Justin Houston is overrated? Don’t get me wrong, he has around 25 sacks in 3 seasons. What I don’t like about him is how he disappears in games again elite quarterbacks. I can’t recall him ever getting a sack against a Manning, Rivers, Brady or any elite QB. He feast on the weak. He honestly reminds me of a Von Holiday. Where he gets all his sacks clustered in a few games against mobile quarterbacks. Compare him to Tamba, where 9 out of 10 times he is in the back field and the QB must take account of him every drop back.

    If I was Dorsey I would make him play out his rookie contract. Franchise tag him. And if he does live up to expectations (15+ sacks in one of the seasons) make him the highest paid Chief in franchise history.