Georgia junior pass rusher Justin Houston is one of ten 2011 NFL Draft prospects that will reportedly visit with, and work out for, the Buffalo Bills. He's making headlines today thanks to an impressive workout at his pro day.
Early reports indicate that Houston ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash after weighing in at 267 pounds. That's a significant improvement over his work at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month, when he ran a 4.68 (which is still a good time) at 270 pounds.
Houston is an extremely impressive athlete, having put up a 1.62-second 10-yard split in Indianapolis, as well as 30 bench reps, a 36.5-inch vertical jump, and a 10'5" broad jump. In three years at Georgia, Houston accumulated 38 tackles for loss, 20 sacks and an interception, including 18.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and the pick in his final season. Adding to his draft value is the fact that he's played in a 3-4, which he did in 2010 under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
Despite his unusual athleticism, Houston is still very raw. Scouts question his motor and instincts, and because of that, he's been compared to prospects like Vernon Gholston. He's viewed as a late-first round prospect, and could perhaps be an option for the Bills - if they're interested, of course - at the top of the second round.