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Georgia junior defensive end Justin Houston might be considering declaring early.

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    Houston’s final season at UGA? His NFL draft stock is soaring
    9:00 am October 28, 2010, by Tim Tucker
    Houston is a junior, but – all kidding aside – his rising NFL draft stock suggests this might be his final season at UGA.

    “Sure he would,
    ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., the dean of NFL draft analysts, this week ranks Houston as the 17th best prospect for the 2011 draft. Kiper writes on ESPN.com’s Insider section that he tends “to avoid adding juniors and draft-eligible sophomores to the Big Board too early . . . as you don’t want to over-influence guys regarding their status.” But Kiper makes an exception in Houston’s case. “I love his size, skills and the kind of development he’s shown,” Kiper writes about the Georgia outside linebacker.

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    (An issue that will loom over the draft decisions of Houston and other eligible underclassmen: the widespread sentiment that the NFL is headed toward a labor war that could result in a lockout next season.)

    For now, Houston wants to continue building on the superb season he’s having. The SEC’s sack leader with 8.5, he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Kentucky last Saturday. He was credited with two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and seven “quarterback hurries” in the game.

    “He’s doing great,” Richt said. “He’s really focused. He’s in tremendous condition. He stays after practice to work on his fundamentals. He’s had a couple of things he’s had to get some treatment for – nothing big – but he’s very diligent in making sure his body is as fine-tuned as it can be for Saturdays.”

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