Detroit Lions selected LB James Houston IV

The Detroit Lions selected Jackson State linebacker James Houston IV in the 2022 NFL Draft. Houston was drafted to Detroit as the 217th overall pick in the sixth round of the draft.

The Florida native became the third HBCU player drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft and the first athlete drafted by Deion Sanders’ Jackson State Tigers football team.

The Jackson State announcer nicknamed him “The Problem” for a reason. Houston is a disruptive force on the gridiron. The smart and quick linebacker created havoc for quarterbacks in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl games. In my chart, Houston pressured the QB about seven times in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl game.

Houston ran a 4.67-second 40-yard sprint on her pro day after adding a few pounds. The Florida native will make a fantastic addition to the Jaguars defense.

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Houston is a point guard linebacker. Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders had a defensive player who could go wide to make plays. Houston had 70 total tackles and 52 solo tackles. It was difficult to pass him as a running back. He had 24.5 tackles for a loss. He did a magnificent job rushing the quarterback. He had 16.5 sacks last season.

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His stellar play helped Jackson State win the SWAC and earn a spot in the Celebration Bowl. He also played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He is a great player who can run and pass. He also knows how to choose his places to get to the quarterback.

How to follow, watch and listen

The NFL Draft will be broadcast live on NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Here is the breakdown of each departure time and the corresponding lap(s). You can listen to radio coverage on Westwood One Radio, Sirius XM Radio and ESPN Radio.

  • Round 1: Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. CT
  • Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. CT
  • Rounds 4 to 7: Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. CT

Round 1 picks are set to 10 minutes, while Round 2 is increased to 7 minutes. Rounds 3-6 last 5 minutes, while Round 7 lasts 4 minutes for each selection.

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