Justin Houston Predicted To Become 'Household Name In 2012'

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01: Linebacker Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after sacking quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 7-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Chiefs already have one elite pass rusher on the team in Tamba Hali and the front office has been searching for a partner off the edge on the other side to help relieve Hali from double teams and help improve the overall pass rush over the last few years.

It seems the team might have their man in last year's third round choice Justin Houston. Not only did the former Georgia product break out in the last third of the 2011 season, but now he's receiving high praise heading into his sophomore year in the NFL.

In his preseason study of the Chiefs, it's clear that NFL.com writer Bucky Brooks loves the entire Chiefs roster as he predicts them to win the AFC West. In particular, he believes Houston could go for more than 10 sacks in 2012 opposite Hali.

"After studying Houston on game tape and watching him work in practice, I'm convinced the Chiefs have an emerging superstar on their hands," writes Brooks. "Houston displays outstanding first-step quickness and shows a natural knack for getting to the quarterback off the edge."

Houston had 59 tackles to go with 5.5 sacks last year for the Chiefs.

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