Scout: Houston has no ceiling

June, 23, 2011
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. has been high on Oakland second-year defensive lineman Lamarr Houston for some time. Williamson made Houston his Raiders’ recipient in his “soon to be stars” feature in May.

I wanted to pick Williamson’s brain more on why he is so high on Houston. The following are reasons why Williamson thinks so highly of Houston, a second-round 2010 pick from Texas. He had 39 tackles and five sacks as a rookie.

Limitless future: “One of the best things about Houston is how good he can be. I think there is no ceiling for him. I think he can be one of, if not, the best defensive lineman in football.”

Versatile: “He can play anywhere on the line. That’s another beautiful thing about Houston. He can play in a 3-4 or in a 4-3; he can do anything you ask.”

Top youngsters: “I wouldn’t take him over Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy, but those guys were the No. 2 and No. 3 picks in the draft. But Houston is not too far behind those guys. It’s closer than the average fan thinks.”

Great help: “I love that he gets to work with Richard Seymour. Seymour can really help Houston early in his career. That’s a big thing for him to learn from a great player like Seymour.”

Comparison: “I can see him being like Tommie Harris in his prime. He can dominate like that … I’ve watched a lot of film of Houston and I really expect big things from him. The Raiders have a star.”

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter



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