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2007 Rookie Profiles: Outside Linebackers

Posted: 5/07
 

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Full Name:  Rufus Alexander        School:   Oklahoma                                  

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   228            40:   4.83                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors as a senior.

 Totals last year were 117/14/2, with three interceptions.  Junior numbers

included 102/17/5, when he broke up nine passes.

Pos:

Athletic, playmaking linebacker best suited for a one-gap system.  Instinctive,

displays good awareness and remains disciplined with assignments.  Quickly fills

gaps up the field, gets depth on drops and covers a lot of area in space. 

Immediately changes direction, possesses a closing burst and can run with

Neg:

Can be slowed at the point by blocks or swallowed up altogether by opponents. 

Has shown a propensity to take plays off in the past.

Analysis:

A very productive defender the past three seasons, Alexander offers potential on

the weak side in a system that allows him to freely flow to the play.

 

 

Full Name:  Brandon Archer         School:   Kansas State                            

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   240            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore season. 

Posted career-best numbers of 97/7/2.5 as a senior, after 72 tackles the prior year.

Pos:

Active linebacker with poor size/speed numbers.  Fires through the gaps

defending the run, takes good angles to the action and displays a good head for

the ball.  Disciplined with cover assignments, diagnoses the action and likes to

mix it up.  Quickly changes direction and possesses a short-area burst of speed.

Neg:

Lacks top sideline-to-sideline range.  Not a strong linebacker, smothered by

blocks and has tackles broken.

Analysis:

An underrated prospect with limited upside, Archer could nicely fit into a one-gap

defense as a backup.

 

 

Full Name:  Marcus Bacon           School:   Missouri                                     

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   222            40:   4.72                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after career-best

totals of 103/5.5/3.  Junior numbers included 85 tackles.

Pos:

Undersized, one-gap linebacker who covers a lot of area on the field.  Forceful

against the run and displays a burst of speed.  Fast to the sidelines and makes

plays in every direction.  Effective up the field on the blitz.

Neg:

Does not play with balance and can be easily slowed by blocks.  Very quick

moving up the field and gets caught out of position in coverage.  Takes poor

angles to the action and is inefficient.

Analysis:

More of a chase-and-run linebacker, Bacon has potential in a system which allows

 him to freely flow to the action.  Shows a special-teams mentality, which gives him the upper-hand.

 

 


Full Name:  Johnny Baldwin         School:   Alabama A&M                            

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   225            40:   4.81                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a senior after leading the team in tackles posting

110/8.5/4.5.  Did not play in ‘05.  Junior totals of ‘04 included 103 tackles.

Pos:

Smart, efficient linebacker best in a one-gap system.  Fires up the field filling

gaps, plays with good quickness and displays solid instincts.  Reads the action,

disciplined with assignments and stays with coverage duties.  Hustles and works to get involved.

Neg:

Lacks top size, gets caught up in the trash and slow shedding blocks.  Possesses

a small-area burst of speed which he cannot sustain.

Analysis:

A hard-charging run-and-chase linebacker best in pursuit, Baldwin has physical

limitations yet enough ability to back up in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name:  Antwan Barnes         School:   Florida International                 

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   240            40:   4.48                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his senior and junior

campaigns.  Totals last season included 69/22.5/6 after 45/15.5/11 the prior

year.  Used at both defensive end and linebacker in college.

Pos:

Athletic defender who makes a lot of plays going forwards.  Breaks down well,

quick off the snap and effectively uses hand technique to protect himself.  Fluid

changing direction, slides laterally to make plays and effective in pursuit.  Fast off

 the edge and rarely off his feet.

Neg:

Undersized, lacks playing strength and controlled at the point by opposing tight

ends.  Rarely makes plays in space.

Analysis:

A defender who has terrorized quarterbacks the past two seasons, Barnes is a

developmental prospect who has possibilities as a one-gap linebacker.

 

 

Full Name:  Jon Beason                School:   Miami-Fl                                     

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   237            40:   4.81                Year:     4Jr

Bio:

Former fullback who moved to linebacker as a sophomore and has started the past

 two seasons.  Led the team in tackles as a senior posting 76/8/1.5, also

intercepting one pass.  Junior totals included 64 tackles.  Competes on the school’s track team.

Pos:

Terrific athlete with a good degree of upside potential.  Breaks down well, plays

with excellent balance and rarely off his feet.  Explosive up the field, slides

laterally to make plays and is effective in pursuit.  Takes good angles to the

action and covers a great amount of area on the field.  Breaks down well,

immediately alters his angle of attack and is disciplined with assignments. 

Hard-hitting, and aggressively puts his shoulders into ball handlers.

Neg:

Easily handled at the point once engaged in a block, and is very slow to get back

to playing form off the initial hit.

Analysis:

Showing a lot of ability during his short time as a starting linebacker, Beason has

the size and speed to be a starter on the weak side.

 

 

Full Name:  Quincy Black             School:   New Mexico                               

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   240            40:   4.51                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting a

career-high 114 tackles and adding three interceptions.  Junior totals included 63 tackles.

Pos:

Athletic linebacker with outstanding range.  Fast to the flanks, gets great depth on

 pass drops and has a closing burst of speed to the play.  Weaves through the

traffic getting to the ball carrier, is physical and likes to get involved in the action.

  Wraps up tackling.  Stands out in coverage, displaying top ball skills and has a

burst out of his break.  Quickly changes direction or immediately alters his angle of attack.

Neg:

Slowed through the trash or easily blocked from the action.  Inefficient, does not

take the best angles to the play and over-pursues the action on occasion.

Analysis:

Physically gifted, Black showed a lot of progress on the field last season.  Offers

potential as a weak-side linebacker and may even be given some consideration as

a strong safety.  Needs to continually improve his game yet offers a good degree of upside.

 

 

Full Name:  H.B. Blades                School:   Pittsburgh                                 

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   236            40:   4.76                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter used at both the middle and strong side linebacker positions. 

All-Conference selection the past two years.  Senior totals were 147/10.5/1, with

 two interceptions and seven pass break-ups.  Junior totals included 121 tackles,

after 108 as a sophomore.

Pos:

Tough, “in the box” linebacker with a solid game.  Displays a good head for the ball

 in run defense and quickly recognizes pass plays.  Explosive moving up the field,

flows to the action and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.  Efficient,

takes good angles to the play and redirects to ball handlers.  Can run with tight ends down field..

Neg:

Not a flashy defender who plays with a lot of suddenness.  Controlled at the point

of attack by fullbacks.  Lacks speed to the sidelines.  Lack of height creates

problems against tall tight ends in coverage.

Analysis:

Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Blades has possibilities as either a

one-gap linebacker or in a 34 system.  Possesses the instincts and wherewithal

to find a place at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Stewart Bradley        School:   Nebraska                                   

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   254            40:   4.78                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past three seasons, leading the team in tackles as a senior

with career-best numbers of 76/6/1.  Limited to five games as a junior after

suffering a knee injury, and finished the year with 26/5/3.

Pos:

Big, physically dominant linebacker who is best up the field.  Plays heads-up

football, remains disciplined and stays with assignments.  Breaks down well and is

 a sturdy linebacker who defeats blocks on his way to the action.  Forces the

action up the field, collapses from the outside to defend the run and easily brings

opposing ball carriers down at the point of contact.

Neg:

Has limitations in coverage.  Over-pursues the action on occasion.

Analysis:

An underrated linebacker prospect whose game took off last season after a return

from injury, Bradley has made a late move up draft boards.  A better fit on the

inside of a 34 alignment, and offers a good degree of upside.

 

 

Full Name:  Colt Brooks                School:   Boise State                               

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   212            40:   4.59                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons, and an All-Conference selection as a

senior after totaling 43/8/6.5.  Posted a career-high 80 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Hard-working, yet undersized linebacker who makes plays solid

sideline-to-sideline.  Remains disciplined with assignments, quickly reads the

action and has a burst of closing speed.  Constantly flying around the ball.

Neg:

Struggles in coverage for an undersized linebacker.  Handled at the point by

blocks.  Not smooth changing direction.  Possesses solid size/speed numbers but

 does not consistently play to them.

Analysis:

Measurables will give Brooks consideration as a weak-side linebacker in a one-gap

 system, yet he must quickly pick up the tempo of his play.

 

 

Full Name:  Prescott Burgess      School:   Michigan                                    

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   240            40:   4.91                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who totaled 48/6.5/3 as a senior, also intercepting two passes

and breaking up three more.  Posted a career-best 81 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Competitive linebacker with an efficient, all-around game.  Gets depth on drops,

quickly recognizes the action and displays skill in coverage.  Protects himself

with good hand technique and has a burst to the play.  Disciplined, stays with

assignments and works hard to defend the run.

Neg:

Possesses more of a short burst of speed, which he cannot sustain.  Marginally

effective in pursuit.  Better in zone coverage and struggles over tight ends.

Analysis:

Possessing solid size/speed numbers, Burgess flashes skill but must take his

game to the next level and consistently play to his capabilities.

 

 

Full Name:  Brian Crum                 School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   232            40:   4.72                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Moved into the starting lineup as a senior and totaled 31/3.5/.5.  Primarily a

reserve tight end and linebacker his first three years in the program.

Pos:

Underrated defender who displayed a lot of skill as a senior.  Fast in every

direction of the field, collapses from the outside to defend the run and chases hard

 to make plays.  Stays at home with assignments, shows the ability to run with

tight ends in coverage and is solid in pursuit.  Breaks down well, holding his

ground against blocks, and quickly changes direction.

Neg:

Inefficient and does not consistently take proper angles to the action.  Slow

shedding blockers once engaged at the point.

Analysis:

After bouncing between positions early at Florida, Crum made major strides last

season as a starting linebacker.  Will get consideration in the mid-to-late rounds

as a weak-side prospect.

 

 

Full Name:     Karibi Dede      School:           Auburn

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   213            40:   4.69                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons.  Senior totals included 59/2/1 after

42/4.5/1.5 as a junior.  Spent his freshman campaign at safety.

Pos:

Smallish linebacker who covers a lot of area on the field.  Quick filling gaps in run

defense, displays excellent sideline-to-sideline range and immediately changes

direction.  Displays speed in pursuit and fast to the sidelines.  Disciplined with assignments.

Neg:

Undersized, easily knocked off balance and gets caught up in the trash.  Does not

have the ball skills necessary to play in the secondary.

Analysis:

A college linebacker with safety size, Dede could back up in a one-gap system yet

 will have to earn his wage on special teams.

 

 

Full Name:  Zac DeOssie              School:   Brown                                         Pos:     OLB

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   250            40:   4.64                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore

campaign.  Posted a career-high 110/10.5/2 as a senior after 80/12/5 during his junior campaign.

Pos:

A large, athletic defender with enticing size/speed numbers.  Moves well laterally,

displays speed to the flanks and plays with reckless abandon.  Collapses from the

 outside to defend the run, takes good angles to the action and sheds blocks at

the point of attack.  Wraps up tackling, bringing opponents down on initial contact.

Neg:

Not overly instinctive or quick to diagnose the action.  Very haphazard in his

movements.  Overall game lacks quickness.

Analysis:

Possessing the physical skills to play in the NFL, DeOssie is a very average

football player with inflated stats.  Could play outside linebacker in a 34 alignment

 or possibly grow into a defense end, yet must be placed in a system which

reduces his responsibilities and assignments.

 

 

Full Name:  Chris Dupuy               School:   Alabama State                          

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   205            40:   4.73                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a senior after leading the team in tackles, posting

108/13.5/3.  Also intercepted three passes and broke up three more.

Pos:

Undersized linebacker who gives top effort.  Gets depth on drops, displays range

in coverage and has a good change of direction.  Collapses to the outside

defending the run and quickly gets to the sidelines.  Effectively diagnoses the

action and has a burst of closing speed.

Neg:

Does not consistently play under control, over-pursues the action and takes

himself out of the play altogether.  Small and gets caught up in the trash moving laterally.

Analysis:

Hard-working and productive on the football field, Dupuy is severely limited by

size.  His ability to cover a large amount of area on the field gives him a slight

chance to make it as a backup safety in a two-deep system.

 

 

Full Name:  Justin Durant            School:   Hampton                                    

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   230            40:   4.62                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded MEAC Defensive Player of Year honors every season

since his sophomore campaign.  Senior totals included 98/13/1 after career-best

numbers of 124/15/5 as a junior.

Pos:

Explosive one-gap linebacker who makes a lot of plays on the field.  Breaks down

well, is rarely off his feet and displays a good head for the ball.  Fluid moving

laterally, smooth pedaling back into coverage and scrapes well in the box. 

Explodes upfield filling gaps in run defense, takes good angles to the action and flashes on the scene.

Neg:

Small, gets wired in blocks or has tackles broken.

Analysis:

A hard-working player who’s been ultra-productive, Durant is an instinctive

defender who likes to get involved in the action.  Could be used on special teams

early in his NFL career and eventually develop into a starter.

 

 

Full Name:  Larry Edwards           School:   North Carolina                           

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   227            40:   4.82                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who posted 58/5.5/3 as a senior when he also broke up eight

passes.  Junior totals included 91 tackles.

Pos:

Athletic linebacker who flashes skill defending the run or covering the pass. 

Forceful up the field, quickly closes to the action and wraps up tackling.  Fluid

changing direction, runs with backs or tight ends in coverage and displays good

range on the field.  Effectively uses his hands to protect himself.

Neg:

Undersized and wears down.  Does not time well in the 40, which will hamper him

at the next level.

Analysis:

A consistent player on the field, Edwards is a hard-working prospect who takes

the game seriously.  Does not possess the top size/speed numbers for the next

level, yet is productive in enough areas to find a spot as a backup.

 

 

Full Name:  Earl Everett               School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   238            40:   4.90                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors.  Senior

totals were 85/5.5/1, after 72/3.5/1 as a junior.

Pos:

Athletic linebacker who chases to make plays all over the field.  Plays with a good

 degree of explosion, quickly changes direction and shows speed in pursuit.  Fluid

scraping laterally, smooth pedaling in reverse and has a burst of speed bearing

down on the action.  Efficient, displays skill in space and runs well laterally.

Neg:

Has tackles broken and struggles to bring ball-handlers down at the initial point of

 contact.  Easily removed from the action by blocks.  Shows hesitation to his

game and misreads the action.

Analysis:

A naturally gifted prospect with tremendous size/speed numbers, Everett is not a

physical football player consistently willing to lay it on the line.  Offers potential

on the weak-side at the next level, but must pick up the intensity of his overall play.

 

 

Full Name:     Ramon Guzman           School:           Buffalo

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   232            40:   4.71                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former fullback who posted 67/8/1 totals as a senior when he played linebacker,

after 51/6/2.5 the prior year when he was used at safety.

Pos:

Athletic, chase-and-run linebacker with a fluid change of direction.  Collapses

laterally to defend the run, immediately alters his angle of attack and stays with

assignments.  Shows speed in pursuit and good range on the field.  Breaks down playing with leverage.

Neg:

Lacks top instincts and is not a forceful defender.  Would rather run around blocks

than meet them head-on.

Analysis:

A size/speed prospect, Guzman offers potential but needs a lot of work on his game.

 

 

Full Name:  KaMichael Hall           School:   Georgia Tech                            

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   228            40:   4.85                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who led the team in tackles as a senior, posting 91/9/4. 

Junior totals were 64/14/4.

Pos:

Fast, undersized linebacker who quickly flows to the action.  Displays a burst of

speed, quickly changes direction and makes a lot of plays in pursuit.  Breaks down

 well, explosive up the field and also gets depth on pass drops.  Physical and works hard.

Neg:

Inefficient and takes poor angles to the action.  Slow shedding blocks and held up

by opposing fullbacks or tight ends.  Marginally productive in coverage.

Analysis:

A productive college linebacker, Hall has enough ability to play for a penetrating,

one-gap defense.  Has special-teams ability, which enhances his value.

 

 

Full Name:  Korey Hall                  School:   Boise State                               

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   230            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his

freshman campaign.  WAC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after totaling

105/6.5/3.5 and adding six interceptions.  Junior totals included a career-high 106-tackles.

Pos:

Omnipresent college linebacker with marginal size/speed numbers.  Remains

disciplined with assignments and shows top instincts.  Aggressive, plays faster

than his 40-time and is constantly around the action, making positive plays. 

Gets depth on drops, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and quickly

alters his angle of attack.  Stays with cover assignments and fires up the field in run defense.

Neg:

Undersized and easily blocked at the point of attack.  Does not show much

suddenness to his game.

Analysis:

An overachiever who gets the most from his abilities, Hall’s attitude, toughness

and football intelligence will help him find a spot at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Dedrick Harrington    School:   Missouri                                     

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   247            40:   4.78                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter who received All-Conference mention as a senior.  Numbers last

 season were 95/8/3.5 after a junior campaign of 73/12.5/3.

Pos:

Productive run-defending two-down linebacker.  Scrapes well in the box, takes

good angles to the play and wraps up tackling.  Fires up the field filling gaps and

makes most of his plays going downhill.

Neg:

Slow shedding blocks and gets caught up in the trash moving laterally.  Marginal

skills in coverage.  Does not play with a sense of urgency.

Analysis:

A productive linebacker in college, Harrington possesses the size/speed numbers

 to see action at the next level.  Must really improve the details of his game and

pick up the intensity before any of that will happen.

 

 

Full Name:  Nate Harris                School:   Louisville                                    

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   235            40:   4.71                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who posted 65/9/2 as a senior after 66/11.5/7 the prior

year.  Originally signed with Miami, but had his scholarship revoked after being

arrested for armed robbery.

Pos:

Physical linebacker who works best in the box.  Forceful up the field, deceptively

strong and explosive filling gaps.  Stays with assignments remaining disciplined,

and is a resilient linebacker who does not give up on plays.  Has a burst of speed

to the action and rarely is off his feet.  Makes the defensive calls.

Neg:

Undersized and gets caught up in the trash moving laterally.  Almost a non-factor

in coverage.

Analysis:

A well-built, athletic linebacker, Harris has been a consistent player the past two

years.  Must improve his play against the pass as he possesses the physical

skills to be given looks on the weak side.

 

 

Full Name:  David Herron Jr         School:   Michigan State                         

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   247            40:   4.82                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who posted 79/7/2 as a senior, intercepting one pass and

breaking up two more.  Sophomore totals included a career-high 95 tackles.

Pos:

Tough, run-defending two-down linebacker.  Flows to the action, wedges his way

upfield and quickly filling gaps in run defense.  Explosive at the point and quickly

closes to the action.

Neg:

Does not play with great balance and is slow adjusting off the initial block.  Not

decisive in coverage, chases opponents down the field and possesses marginal ball skills.

Analysis:

A productive linebacker with a good head for the ball in run defense, Herron has

possibilities as a backup in a 34 alignment.

 

 

Full Name:  David Holloway         School:   Maryland                                   

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   230            40:   4.83                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who played at middle linebacker as a senior after starting the

prior two campaigns on the outside.  Numbers last season were 70/4.5/1.5 after 61/4.5/3 as a junior.

Pos:

Tough, intelligent linebacker best making plays up the field.  Breaks down well 

and plays with good pad level.  Physical, efficient and takes good angles to the

play.  Remains disciplined with assignments and displays a good head for the ball.

  Occasionally lined up in a three-point stance, and is fast off the edge.

Neg:

Does not show much lateral speed or quickness.  Marginal skills in pursuit. 

Struggles in coverage.

Analysis:

A hard-working linebacker who shows ability rushing the passer, Holloway is

limited by poor size/speed numbers.  Could be used as a rush linebacker and has

a special-teams mentality, which gives him added value.

 

 

Full Name:  Ameer Ismail             School:   Western Michigan                     

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   227            40:   4.75                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who led the team in all tackling categories as a senior,

posting 90/25.5/17.  Also intercepted two passes and broke up three more. 

Junior totals were 93/20/8.

Pos:

Undersized yet active linebacker who is effective in pursuit.  Breaks down well,

possesses a burst of speed and makes plays in every direction.  Diagnoses the

action, chases hard to get involved and makes a lot of positive plays.

Neg:

Gets caught up in the traffic moving laterally or is easily blocked at the point.  Not

 quick reacting in coverage.  Makes more plays going forward than in reverse.

Analysis:

A tackling machine the past two seasons, Ismail offers potential as a one-gap

linebacker.  Should be a special-teams demon and could see action on defense if

he improves his play in coverage.

 

 

Full Name:  Rory Johnson            School:   Mississippi                                 

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   232            40:   4.68                Year:     3Jr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who started seven games last season, totaling 94/3/.5. 

Spent just one season at Mississippi after winning All-American honors at Hinds Community College.

Pos:

Athletic linebacker who makes a lot of plays in pursuit.  Breaks down well, plays

with good balance and displays speed to the flanks.  Slides off blocks, explodes up

 the field filling gaps and fluid moving in every direction.

Neg:

More of a chase-and-run-down linebacker rather than a defender who forces the

action.  Easily handled at the point.  Does not have a physical presence nor is he

always willing to jump into the pile.

Analysis:

Offering potential as a weak-side linebacker, Johnson needs to improve his

overall game and become more aggressive to have any chance of sticking at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Orlandus King            School:   UAB                                            

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   210            40:   4.72                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who was limited to seven games last season and totaled

28/5/2.  Led the team with 85 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Undersized college linebacker who plays with a good degree of explosion.  Moves

well laterally, covers a lot of area on the field and plays with a good degree of

suddenness.  Explodes up the field filling gaps yet remains disciplined with

assignments.  Plays faster than his 40 time.

Neg:

Inefficient and does not take proper angles to the action.  Stiff pedaling in reverse.

Analysis:

A prospect who will be downgraded based on the limited action he saw last

season, King offers possibilities in a one-gap defensive system.

 

 

Full Name:  Patrick Lowery          School:   North Carolina State                

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   236            40:   4.93                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Led the team in tackles as a senior when he became a full-time starter, posting

102/9.5/1.  Also intercepted one pass and broke up two more.  Junior totals included 39 tackles.

Pos:

Try-hard defender who gets the most out of his abilities.  Instinctive, and

diagnoses plays before they unfold.  Scrapes well in the box and takes good

angles to the action.  Does an outstanding job directing the defense and works to get involved.

Neg:

Not strong at the point, gets caught up in the traffic or taken from the action by

opposing tight ends.  Lacks speed to the flanks and struggles in coverage.

Analysis:

Known for his outstanding work ethic and dedication to the game, Lowery has a

special-teams mentality, which will be his ticket at the next level.

 


 

Full Name:  Michael McFadden    School:   Grand Valley State                   

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   252            40:   4.81                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.

  Named All-American last season after totals of 61/13.5/7.  Junior numbers included 83/21/19.

Pos:

Undersized yet intense pass rusher who has a knack for making plays behind the

line scrimmage.  Quick off the snap, plays with excellent pad level and gets a lot

of momentum going up the field.  Knifes between double-team blocks, keeps his

feet moving up the field and is deceptively strong.  Plays with balance and body

control, and is rarely off his feet.  Instinctive, and consistently finds the ball.

Neg:

Basically asked to make plays up the field and rarely drops into coverage. 

Struggles against larger opponents and can be engulfed at the point of attack.

Analysis:

Ultra-productive on a small-school college level, McFadden is a pass-rush

specialist at the next level with a special-teams mentality.

 

 

Full Name:  Kevin McLee              School:   West Virginia                             

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   251            40:   4.73                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and previous All-Conference selection.  Led the team in

tackles as a senior, posting 79/5.5/2.5.  Junior totals included 74 tackles.

Pos:

Hard-working defender whose motor never turns off.  Intelligent, remains focused

and diagnoses the action.  Takes good angles to the play and chases around the

field to get involved.  Fluid transitioning in coverage and displays solid footwork in

 every direction of the field.  Aggressively puts his shoulders into ball carriers and wraps-up tackling.

Neg:

Undersized and can be swallowed up by blocks.  More of a one-speed linebacker

who does not show a burst.  Marginal coverage skills.

Analysis:

A hard-working defender with minimal upside, McLee’s best opportunity at the

next level is on special teams.

 

 

Full Name:  J.J. Milan                   School:   Nevada                                      

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   261            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a senior, totaling 39/14/9.5.  Sat out the ’05 season

with a foot injury.  Broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman.

Pos:

Undersized college defensive end who projects to linebacker at the next level. 

Quick off the snap, immediately changes direction or alters his angle of attack. 

Pursues the play laterally and shows above-average playing speed.  Instinctive and diagnoses the action.

Neg:

Easily knocked from his angle of attack or handled at the point by a single

blocker.  Has been dinged-up with injuries throughout his career.

Analysis:

A hard-working, athletic defender who looks the part, Milan is a developmental

prospect as a rush linebacker in a 34 alignment.

 

 

Full Name:  Edmond Miles            School:   Iowa                                          

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   227            40:   4.69                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons at both outside linebacker spots.  Senior

totals included 100/11/1 after 68/9/1 the prior year.

Pos:

Strong, physical linebacker who is best in the box.  Quickly breaks to the action,

slides off blocks and squares into tackles, bringing down opponents on initial

contact.  Plays with a fiery attitude, alert and always looking to get involved in the action.

Neg:

Marginally effective in coverage and better making plays going forward than in

reverse.  Strong for his size yet small and gets caught up in traffic.

Analysis:

Showing improvement the past two seasons, Miles has potential as a backup

linebacker in a one-gap system.  Possesses a special-teams mentality, which is

how he'll have to earn his wage at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  John Mohring             School:   Georgia Southern                      

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   220            40:   4.56                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-time All-Conference selection who led the team in tackles as a senior,

posting 93/14/2 with a pair of interceptions.  Career-best numbers of 112/11/1 came as a junior.

Pos:

Tough run-defending linebacker who gives 100% effort all the time.  Instinctive,

remains disciplined and displays a good head for the ball.  Quickly diagnoses the

action, takes good angles to the play and wraps up tackling.  Displays skill in zone coverage.

Neg:

Undersized and easily handled at the point by tight ends.  Gets caught up in the

trash moving laterally and does not consistently play to his 40 time.

Analysis:

A hard-working defender, Mohring is a one-gap linebacker with a special teams

mentality.  Could be an inexpensive backup at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Matt Muncy              School:   Ohio                                           

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   231            40:   4.79                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and two-time All-Conference selection.  Senior numbers were

78/14/2.5.  Also intercepted two passes and broke up three more.  Posted a

career-high 115 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Tough, run-defending college linebacker with marginal upside for the next level. 

Patient, diagnoses the action and stays with assignments.  Stacks well against

the run.  Scrapes well in the box and flies around the ball.

Neg:

Gets caught up in the trash moving to the sidelines.  Slow shedding blocks at the

point of attack.  Lacks top range and skill in coverage.

Analysis:

A hard-working defender with marginal size/speed numbers, Muncy has been a

productive special teams player in college, which will be his ticket at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Marques Murrell        School:   Appalachian State                    

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   233            40:   4.68                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his

sophomore campaign.  Senior tackle totals included 82/17/13, after 82/26.5/13 as a junior.

Pos:

Undersized college defensive end who projects to linebacker.  Breaks down well

playing with leverage, quickly changes direction and displays good footwork

moving about the field.  Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and makes

plays laterally pursuing from the backside.  Fast off the edge and redirects to the action.

Neg:

Controlled at the point by a single blocker.  Rarely asked to drop into coverage

and not fluid moving in reverse.

Analysis:

Productive in his role as a pass rusher, Murrell is a solid athlete who must now

learn to make plays standing over tackle.  Has the skills and football abilities to

at least get consideration for a practice squad.

 

 

Full Name:  Stephen Nicholas      School:   South Florida                            

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   232            40:   4.81                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior

campaigns.  Led the team in tackles last season posting 89/15.5/7.5.  Totaled a

career-high 98 tackles as a sophomore.

Pos:

Instinctive linebacker who constantly makes positive plays.  Diagnoses the

action, picks up assignments and remains alert.  Effectively uses his hands to

protect himself, scrapes well in the box and strings plays laterally.  Covers a good

 amount of area on the field and displays a burst of speed in every direction.

Neg:

Undersized, is slow to shed blocks and can be taken from the action by opposing

tight ends.  Has tackles broken.

Analysis:

A hard-working defender who constantly plays at a high level, Nicholas offers

starting potential in a one-gap system or on the weak-side.

 

 

Full Name:  Chad Nkang               School:   Elon                                           

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   220            40:   4.55                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter at linebacker after seeing action with the first-team as a

fullback during his freshman campaign.  Has led the team in tackles the past three

 seasons winning All-Conference honors each year.  Senior totals included

127/16.5/3 after 152/18.5/5 as a junior.  Registered 135 tackles as a sophomore.

 

Pos:

Hard-charging, productive linebacker who stands out in pursuit.  Explodes up the

field, quickly changes direction and loses no momentum when he must

immediately alter his angle of attack.  Plays with good balance and covers a great

amount of area on the field.  Fast to the flanks, makes plays sideline-to-sideline

and has a physical nature.  Efficient, takes good angles to the play and wraps up tackling.

Neg:

At times too quick up the field, over-pursues the play and gets caught out of

position.  Undersized and slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point.

Analysis:

An explosive linebacker with limited size, Nkang offers possibilities in a one-gap

system or at inside linebacker in a scheme which allows him to freely flow to the

action.  May also be given looks at strong safety and should be a demon on special teams.

 

 

Full Name:  Mike Ogle                  School:   Central Michigan                       

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   247            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former reserve who moved into the starting lineup as a senior, producing career

numbers of 60/11.5/4.  Also intercepted one pass and broke up two more.

Pos:

High-intensity football player with terrific instincts.  Breaks down playing with

leverage, fights hard throughout the action and quickly diagnoses the play. 

Displays a solid change of direction, effectively uses his hands to protect himself

and makes a lot of plays in the box or up the field.

Neg:

Undersized and is easily knocked off balance by the first block.  Displays

adequate playing speed.

Analysis:

After a terrific senior campaign, Ogle will get consideration as a rush linebacker in

 a 34 defense.

 

 

Full Name:  Michael Okwo            School:   Stanford                                    

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   232            40:   4.77                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a senior when he became a full-time starter posting

95/5/2.  Originally awarded All-Conference honors as a special-teams player

after his freshman campaign.

Pos:

Athletic and instinctive linebacker best suited for the weak side.  Displays

outstanding speed, quickly changes direction and is relentless in pursuit of the

action.  Makes a lot of plays out to the flanks.  Instinctive, immediately picks up

coverage assignments and remains disciplined.

Neg:

Not strong at the point, gets caught up in the trash or easily blocked from the

action.  Has a history of injuries, which caused him to miss significant playing time.

Analysis:

A terrific athlete with a good head for the game, Okwo works hard to make plays in

 every direction of the field.  Offers potential as a one-gap linebacker and could

eventually develop into a starter if he remains healthy.

 

 

Full Name:  Sam Olajubutu          School:   Arkansas                                   

Ht:   5-8.7        Wt:   227            40:   4.79                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons. 

Tackling numbers were 115/10/2.5 as a senior after a career-high 118/14.5/4.5

Pos:

Tough, instinctive linebacker who makes plays sideline-to-sideline.  Diagnoses

the action, explodes up the field and chases hard to get involved.  Possesses a

burst of speed, plays with good overall quickness and flashes on the scene.  Gets

depth on drops, displays solid footwork in all directions and nicely scrapes in the box.

Neg:

Does not consistently take proper angles to the action.  Short, and blocked by

opposing running backs.  Mismatched against tight ends in coverage.

Analysis:

A hard-working defender who gives great effort, Olajubutu is a good fit in a

one-gap system and should be a demon on special teams.

 

 

Full Name:  Paul Posluszny          School:   Penn State                                

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   238            40:   4.70                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors since his

sophomore campaign.  Led the team in tackles as a senior posting 116/9.5/3

numbers after 116/11/3 as a junior.

Pos:

Intense linebacker with great instincts.  Immediately diagnoses the action,

quickly locates the ball and seems to have a sixth sense, anticipating plays

before they unfold.  Takes good angles to the action and chases to get involved. 

Collapses laterally to defend the run or picks his way through the traffic to get to

the ball carrier.  Fires through the gaps up the field in run defense and likes physical contact.

Neg:

Lacks footwork moving in reverse and skills in pass coverage.  Gets caught up in

the trash and easily blocked from the action.

Analysis:

After a slow start to his senior campaign, Posluszny eventually picked up the

intricacies of inside linebacker in Penn State's 34 alignment and was one of the

nation’s best defenders at season's end.  A solid player who may not be as good

as his headlines would lend one to believe, Posluszny is still a prospect who could immediately start at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Mario Reese              School:   Minnesota                                 

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   223            40:   4.69                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who lined up at defensive end and linebacker.  Senior totals

were 82/6/3 after 40 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Hard-hitting linebacker who is best in the box.  Reads the action, stays with

assignments and collapses from the outside defending the run.  Scrapes well

laterally and wraps up ball carriers.

Neg:

More of a chase-and-rundown linebacker as opposed to a defender who forces the

action.  Marginal skills in coverage.

Analysis:

Tough as nails, Reese is a physical defender with size limitations.  Has a place as

a backup linebacker/special-teams player in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name:  Nick Roach                School:   Northwestern                            

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   245            40:   4.75                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who posted 62/4/2 in eight games as a senior before suffering

a season-ending leg injury.  Junior totals included 77 tackles after a career-high

83 tackles as a sophomore.

Pos:

Explosive linebacker who plays heads-up football.  Displays outstanding range on

the field, makes plays sideline-to-sideline and quickly closes to the action.  Gets

depth on drops, nicely redirects to the action and displays good hands for the

pick.  Athletic and plays faster than his forty-time.

Neg:

More of a chase-and-rundown linebacker rather than a defender who forces the

action.  Set back with a lot of injury problems in college.

Analysis:

An intelligent prospect who plays fast, Roach has plenty of upside if he remains healthy.

 

 

Full Name:  Dallas Sartz               School:   USC                                           

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   235            40:   4.74                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Posted 70/9.5/7 as a senior, when he received All-Conference mention.  Played

in two games the prior season before a dislocated shoulder ended his campaign. 

Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and posted 60/6/2.

Pos:

Patient linebacker best on the strong side.  Instinctive, reads the action and

remains disciplined with assignments.  Efficient, takes good angles to the action

and works to get involved.

Neg:

Limited lateral range and does not possess a good change of direction.  Lacks

playing speed and has marginal skills in coverage.

Analysis:

A hard-working defender with a good motor, Sartz offers potential as a backup for

a number of outside linebacker spots.

 

 

Full Name:  Clint Session             School:   Pittsburgh                                 

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   220            40:   4.63                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Starter two of the past three seasons at both the middle and outside linebacker

positions.  Senior totals were 101/12/1, after registering 91 tackles and 2

interceptions as a sophomore.

Pos:

Chase-and-run linebacker who works hard to get involved in the action.  Has a

burst of speed and is a hard-hitter who lays a lick on opponents.  Covers a lot of

area on the field displaying solid range, can run with tight ends in coverage and is

fluid moving in reverse.  Shows a good head for the ball in run defense.

Neg:

Not decisive or aware in pass defense.  Easily blocked from the action.

Analysis:

Session is a special-teams player who could back up in a one-gap system.

 

 

Full Name:  Tim Shaw                  School:   Penn State                                

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   236            40:   4.56                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who posted 44/8/7 as a senior after a career-high 76 tackles

the prior year.

Pos:

Smart, hard-working linebacker who is best as a two-down defender.  Effectively

reads the action, makes plays laterally and works to get involved.  Pursues from

the backside with speed, plays with discipline and stays with assignments. 

Breaks down well and nicely redirects to the action.

Neg:

Ineffective in coverage and struggles making plays in reverse.  Used mainly on

the line as a rush linebacker/defensive end last year.

Analysis:

An active defender who has shown skill throughout his college career, Shaw has

the ability to be used at outside linebacker in several schemes.  Will be drafted

later than his grade would warrant based on last year's production, yet offers a good upside.

 

 

Full Name:  Juwan Simpson         School:   Alabama                                    

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   225            40:   4.60                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who also saw limited action with the first team as a freshman. 

Senior totals included 86 tackles with six tackles for loss.  Also intercepted one

pass and broke up two more.  Junior numbers were 64/6/1.5 with a pair of picks.

Pos:

Athletic linebacker who is best in pursuit.  Flows well to the action, nicely scrapes

 in the box and displays speed to the sidelines.  Quickly changes direction and

covers a good amount of area on the field.  Explosive filling gaps and fast on the blitz.

Neg:

Inefficient and does not consistently take good angles to the play.  Easily blocked

 by a single opponent and gets lost in the trash moving.  Does more chasing the

action as opposed to making plays on the ball.

Analysis:

A one-gap linebacker with marginal instincts, Simpson could back-up in a

penetrating defense that allows him to freely flow to the action.

 

 

Full Name:  Brian Smith                School:   Missouri                                     

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   222            40:   4.82                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons, awarded All-Conference honors after each

campaign.  Played eight games as a senior before breaking his hip and totaled

30/9.5/7.5.  Junior totals were 66/17/9.

Pos:

Undersized collegiate defensive end who projects as a rush linebacker in the NFL.

 Quick off the snap, fast off the edge and shows abilities in pursuit.  Solid hand

technician who displays an array of moves to get off blocks.  Breaks down well

playing with leverage and rarely is off his feet.

Neg:

Easily knocked from his angle of attack and purposely takes wide angles around

blockers to get to the action.  Does not time well in the 40.

Analysis:

A ‘tweener, Smith lacks the size for defensive end and the pure speed to be used

in space.  He will be looked at as a pass rush specialist who stands up over tackle

 or lines up in a three-point stance.

 

 

Full Name:  Monte Smith             School:   Appalachian State                    

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   220            40:   4.65                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who totaled 84/8/1.5 as a senior, intercepting one pass.  As a

junior he had career-best numbers of 95/10.5/1.

Pos:

Quick, one-gap linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline.  Gets depth on

drops, covers a lot of area on the field and effectively diagnoses the action. 

Disciplined, breaks down well and is forceful moving up the field.  Effectively leads

 the defense and is consistently around the ball.

Neg:

Inefficient and over-pursues the action.  Not explosive and does not show much

suddenness to his game.

Analysis:

A solid athlete, Smith could be an inexpensive backup for a team that uses a

one-gap defensive scheme.

 

 

Full Name:  Patrick St. Louis       School:   South Florida                            

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   225            40:   4.90                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who totaled 67/3/1 as a senior after posting a career-high 89

tackles the prior year.

Pos:

Hard-working linebacker with marginal size and speed.  Explosive up the field in

run defense, redirects to ball carriers and wraps up tackling.  Makes plays to the

sidelines and displays a burst of closing speed.  Quick changing direction and breaks down well.

Neg:

Small, taken from the action by opposing tight ends and gets caught up in the

trash.  Inefficient, and does not always take proper angles to the play.

Analysis:

Productive on the college level, St. Louis lacks the size and speed to be anything

other than a backup in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name:  Nu'u Tafisi                 School:   California                                   

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   260            40:   4.93                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior College transfer who started his only two seasons at Cal, winning

All-Conference honors both years.  Senior totals were 32/6/5.5 after 38/10/3.5 as a junior.

Pos:

Undersized college defensive end who projects to a rush linebacker position at the

 next level.  Explosive off the snap and quickly changes direction to make plays

down the line.  Displays an array of moves to protect himself, fights to get off

blocks and keeps his feet moving on contact.  Plays with terrific leverage and is

rarely off his feet.  Works hard chasing to get involved in the action.

Neg:

Slow shedding blocks and easily wired at the point.  Not fluid or fast when asked to

 play in space.

Analysis:

Giving top effort and using all his assets to their maximum, Tafisi could be a

situational pass rusher at the next level or a backup linebacker in a 3-4 system. 

May not have the tools to develop into a starter, yet at the very least should be a

productive special-teams player.

 

 

Full Name:  Marcus Taylor           School:   Fordham                                    

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   246            40:   4.89                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling

116/12/4 with three interceptions and four passes defended.  Junior totals included 120/6/1.

Pos:

Aggressive run-defending linebacker who forces the action.  Breaks down well,

holds his ground against blocks and works hard.  Instinctive and always willing to

put his pad into the pile.  Squares into tackles and brings down ball carriers on initial contact.

Neg:

Marginal speed, range and skill in pass coverage.

Analysis:

Playing bigger and faster than his computer numbers, Taylor has the attitude and

physical nature to back-up at middle linebacker and flourish on special teams.

 

 

Full Name:  Tony Taylor              School:   Georgia                                      

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   236            40:   4.96                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior.  Led the team in

tackles last year, posting 96/7.5/3, with seven interceptions. Junior totals were

56/5.5/1.  Went through multiple knee surgeries at Georgia.

Pos:

Strong sideline-to-sideline linebacker who is best defending the run.  Explodes up

the field, is stout at the point of attack and wraps up ball carriers.  Effectively

uses his hands to get off blocks, shows a good head for the ball and works to get

involved.  Breaks down well and makes a lot of athletic plays.

Neg:

Slow to shed blocks and gets caught up in the wash.  Struggles in coverage and is

not as good as his stats would lend one to believe.

Analysis:

A relentless defender who also has been productive on special teams, Taylor

offers potential as a back-up.  Has not looked completely healthy since his knee

surgeries, and will be downgraded accordingly.

 

 

Full Name:  Devraun Thompson   School:   Rutgers                                      

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   223            40:   4.83                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who led Rutgers in tackles last season, posting 83/11.5/4

while intercepting two passes and breaking up one more.  All-Conference

selection as a senior.  Posted a career-high 97 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Disciplined, stay-at-home linebacker who makes a lot of plays on the ball.  Fluid

to the flanks, plays faster than his 40 time and really flashes on the scene. 

Effective in coverage, quick breaking to the action and plays heads-up football.

Neg:

Undersized, swallowed up at the point and slow moving through the traffic.

Analysis:

An underrated prospect unlikely to be drafted, Thompson offers potential as a

backup in a one-gap system.  Has a special-teams mentality and could surprise at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Lawrence Timmons   School:   Florida State                             

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   234            40:   4.70                Year:     3Jr

Bio:

Moved into the starting unit last season and burst on the scene with career-best

tackling numbers of 79/18/5.  Played behind former first-round pick Ernie Sims

the previous season, also seeing extensive time on special teams.

Pos:

Athletic defender who forces the action anywhere on the field.  Easily defeats

blocks, is fast to the sidelines and cuts off the corners.  Quickly changes

direction, displays skill in pursuit and rarely is off his feet.  Explosive up the field

in run defense and is effective on the blitz.  Easily runs downfield with tight ends in

 coverage.  Aggressively puts his shoulders into ball carriers to make the tackle.

Neg:

Not efficient, and takes improper angles to the action.  Hesitant and does not

display top instincts.

Analysis:

Standing out in his first year as a defensive starter, Timmons offers outstanding

size, speed and potential.  Would have been an early draft pick if he returned to

college for another season, yet will be a future starter once he fully develops his game.

 

 

Full Name:  Danny Verdun Wheeler   School:  Georgia                               

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   243            40:   4.72                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who recorded 37 tackles as a senior after 62 the prior year.

Pos:

Athletic linebacker who's been minimally productive.  Breaks down well, bends his

 knees and is smooth moving laterally.  Covers a good amount of area on the field

and displays explosion to his game.

Neg:

Stiff, gets caught up in the trash and is easily held up by blocks.  Hesitant

reacting to the action and over-pursues plays.

Analysis:

A prospect who passes the eyeball test, Verdun Wheeler never met expectations

in college.  Presents himself as a marginal free agent who must quickly pick up

the pace of his game.

 

 

Full Name:  Thaddaeus Washington   School:  Colorado                            

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   246            40:   4.83                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every year since his

sophomore campaign.  Senior totals included 107/3/6.  Led Colorado in tackles

as a junior, totaling 120/7/10.

Pos:

Active linebacker who makes plays in every direction.  Fluid moving to the

sidelines, gets depth on drops and covers a lot of area.  Wraps up tackling and works to get involved.

Neg:

Slow adjusting off the initial block and gets caught up in the trash.  Does not stack

 well against the run.

Analysis:

A chase-and-run linebacker with marginal timed speed, Washington is a prospect

who must make his mark on special teams.

 

 

Full Name:  Ken West                  School:   Northern Illinois                         

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   244            40:   4.68                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former linebacker who moved to defensive end as a sophomore and started the

past three years.  Senior totals were 34/6.5/2, after 36/4/3 as a junior.

Pos:

Undersized collegiate pass rusher who must now learn to play in space.  Breaks

down well playing with excellent leverage and rarely off his feet.  Quickly changes

direction or immediately alters his angle of attack and makes plays down the line

of scrimmage.  Fast to the flanks and displays speed in every direction.

Neg:

Easily handled at the point by a single blocker.  Rarely asked to do anything other

than make plays up the field.

Analysis:

A solid athlete who's been a disruptive force in college, the ability to make plays

in reverse will dictate if West has a spot on an NFL roster.

 

 

 

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