Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was named one of the most underrated players in the National Football League by Neil Hornsby of ESPN and Pro Football Focus.
The second-year player out of Georgia has been one of the more productive players on the Chiefs' roster, totaling 33 tackles, six sacks and an interception in the team's first eight games of the year. As Hornsby states below, Houston is one of the best pass rushers in the league even though Kansas City utilizes him more in pass coverage.
Houston is already on pace to pass his statistics during his rookie season and has already surpassed his rookie mark in sacks.
Here is what Hornsby had to say about Houston:
This is a man who is underrated even on his own team. It's quite mind-boggling to think that despite being the most productive pass-rusher in the league not named Von Miller (he has 25 QB disruptions on 137 rushes) the Chiefs have dropped him into coverage on 41 percent of all passes. Fortunately he's good in that regard, too (quarterbacks have a rating of 63.6 throwing into his coverage), as well as being a well above-average run-defender.