Round 1: Houston Selects OLB Brian Cushing

With Selection 15 in Round 1, Houston selects OLB Brian Cushing, USC. Learn more about this pick from team and draft experts!

Player Brian Cushing - OLB - USC
Team Houston Texans
Pick Round 1, Selection 15 (15 Overall)
Combine Stats Ht: 6027v   Wt: 243v   Forty: 4.68v  
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Chris Steuber Ranking
#19 out of 357 overall
#2 at OLB
Cushing is a physical defender who presents the complete package. He has a nose for the ball and makes plays at the line of scrimmage. He breaks down well and plays with leverage. He's aggressive and unleashes big hits against the opposition. He flows well to the action and uses his speed in pursuit of the ball carrier. He gets good depth on his drops in coverage. Durability is a concern.
Tom Marino's Ranking
#7 out of 501 overall
#2 at OLB
Adam Caplan's Flash Analysis He projects to play SLB in Houston's scheme and he'll give them a badly needed physical presence in their front seven. Some scouts believe that Cushing is capable of playing MLB which could eventually push DeMeco Ryans to WLB.
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