Outside linebacker Justin Houston has made this year’s NFL Top 100 Players countdown at number 57. Houston is the second of five Kansas City Chiefs players to appear on the list. The countdown, which airs on NFL Network, is voted on by the players themselves.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) June 5, 2014
Justin Houston has been with the Chiefs for three seasons (he will be entering his fourth year in 2014) and was an absolute beast on the defensive side of the ball last year. The Chiefs had a great defense in 2013 (well for the first half of the season anyway) and it’s no wonder that the two Kansas City players named to the countdown so far both come from the defensive side. Derrick Johnson was the first of five Chiefs players to be announced on the countdown and was ranked at number 64.
Houston made the countdown last year, appearing at number 49. He more than likely dropped a few spots due to an elbow injury that caused him to miss five games.
Had Houston remained healthy the entire year, he probably would have been the second highest rated Chief (after Jamaal Charles, of course). Houston’s 2013 stats consisted of 40 tackles, 11 sacks, five defended passes, three recovered fumbles, and one forced fumble.
As for who the other three players would be, it’s obvious that Charles and Dontari Poe will be included. Charles has to be a shoe in for the top ten (possibly even the top five). My guess for the last spot is either Eric Berry or Tamba Hali.
In Houston’s segment on the countdown, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said that he felt Houston and Hali are the best linebackers in the game, so it’s hard to imagine Hali not being included. At the same time though, it’d be surprising if Berry was left off as well.
For the video of Houston’s segment on this year’s countdown, just click here.
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