As a freshman, in 2004, Chris Houston has 21 tackles, 2.5 of them for loss. In 2005 he had 20 tackles, one for loss. He appeared to put it all together as a junior in 2006, breaking out for 45 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and three interceptions on the year.
Houston is an excellent cover corner. He has very good speed and quickness, and has all the ability to turn and run with receivers down the field, and in and out of their breaks. He has the size to match up with most receivers in one on one situations, and can locate the ball while it is in the air.
Houston has the ability to find the football, but he is not the playmaker you want in a high draft pick. He only has three career picks, all of them coming in his final season, as a junior. He also does not show enough aggression in providing run support, and must become a more all around threat to live up to his potential.
Houston has all the talent to be a standout cover man, but he has never been the playmaker his skills suggest he should be. An impressive post season circuit has pushed him into the first round of the draft.