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Chiefs' Justin Houston: The NFL's best 3-4 OLB

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02:34 AM ET 11.30 | For all the bad news that is coming out of Kansas City this season, there are some positive things happening. Mainly, second-year OLB Justin Houston is budding into a star. The Chiefs selected Houston in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Houston was seen by many as a potential first-round selection; however, a failed drug test at the scouting combine is often blamed for his slide into the third round. The Chiefs snagged Houston up and he is making good on their investment. Houston has not had any off-field troubles since coming to KC but more importantly, his on-field performance has been terrific. Houston snagged the starting role out of the gate as a rookie, but the NFL lockout hurt rookies the most and Houston's lack of experience showed. He quickly lost his starting role and was relegated to sub-package defense.

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December 1, 2012  12:27 AM ET

The kid is really good and highly underrated.

But the best 3-4 OLB in the league?

At a position which includes guys like Aldon Smith, DeMarcus Ware and Clay Matthews?

That's a bold, bold statement to make.

December 1, 2012  08:45 AM ET

I sure don't know why they are so hung up on the "best"

December 1, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Cut 'em some slack. KC needs something to look forward to.

December 1, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The kid is really good and highly underrated.

But the best 3-4 OLB in the league?

At a position which includes guys like Aldon Smith, DeMarcus Ware and Clay Matthews?

That's a bold, bold statement to make.

The source might have something to do with it. :-)

December 1, 2012  11:56 AM ET

I think it is part of that simplistic world-view we hear so often on FN; one team or player is the best, and all others are completely worthless. So if you have a player who is not completely worthless, you have to claim he is the best because, well, there aren't any other categories.

 
December 1, 2012  11:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The kid is really good and highly underrated.But the best 3-4 OLB in the league?At a position which includes guys like Aldon Smith, DeMarcus Ware and Clay Matthews?That's a bold, bold statement to make.

You have to consider the source.

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