- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.
HoustonI 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.”