James Houston IV
James Houston IV  OLB  Jackson State | NFL Draft 2022 Souting Report - Portrait Image
James Houston IV
Height
6-1
Weight
225
College
Jackson State
Position
OLB/EDGE
Class
Senior
Home town
Fort Lauderdale, FL
60.2/100
Player Rating
58
PositionRank (LB)
4.86
FortyYD Time
Sacks
Fumbles Forced
4
Tackles
3
Sol tackles

James Houston IV OLB/EDGE Jackson State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

James Houston IV OLB/EDGE Jackson State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #501 Position Rank: #58 (LB)
40 time: 4.86 seconds
Height: 6-1 Weight: 225
Hands: 9 1/8 Arms: 34 2/8 Span: 82 1/8
Date of Birth: 11/16/1998 Age: 23.10
Pro-Day Results
Overall Rating: 60.2 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Tackling:
65%
Pass Rush:
76%
Run Defense:
64%
Coverage:
70%
DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #58
College Games: 46 College Snaps: 1200
Detroit Lions Drafted: ROUND: 6 - Pick Number: 217 (DET)
Strengths
  • Intelligent player who can play "MIKE" linebacker despite his lack of size because of his instincts and ability to find the ball in traffic.
  • An aggressive run defender, filling run lanes hard, and won't shy from contact. Plays with violence to fight off blocks, flashing a physical nature. An intense, powerful hitter who willingly gives up his body.
  • A bit stiff but makes the clean open-field tackle. Good effort in pursuit.
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't have enough speed, power or bulk to fit any LB position perfectly in the NFL.
  • Lacks the strength to blow up fullbacks and bulk/length to prevent getting engulfed by better linemen at the second level.
  • Loses size battle to many tight ends and is easily pushed away on out routes.
  • Not a sudden or quick-twitch athlete. Will never be the strongest player on the field and can struggle to shed from different angles.
  • Must work on using violent hands and defeating cut blocks. Also needs to build a variety of pass-rush moves.
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How other scouting services rate James Houston IV (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
456.0
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
63.0