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2013 Linebacker Rankings

April 22, 2013

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Linebackers

Prototype in the NFL: Patrick Willis

Best In Class

Best Frame: Alec Ogletree                                Best Playmaking Skills: Sio Moore

Best Run Stopper: Kevin Minter                      Best Motor: Kiko Alonso

Best Cover Skills: Alec Ogletree                      Best Pass Rusher: Chase Thomas

Best Hitter: Vince Williams                              Best Instincts: Arthur Brown

Best Collegiate Stats: Manti Te’o                   Best Open Field Tackler: Alec Ogletree

1. Alec Ogletree Georgia #9 6’2 ½ 242 Jr.

Comparison: Brian Urlacher

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

111

3

11.5

1

1

0

2011

52

3

7.5

2

0

0

2010

34

0

1

0

0

0

Combine: Surprised me with a good but not great 40. Quick but poor footwork and was all over the place in hips drill-looked like he’d never done it before.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6024

242

33.5

 

4.7

20

33.5

1002

4.39

7.16

 

Notes: #29 in ESPN 150 for ’10. True freshman who is the starting SS for the Bulldogs in ’10. Coaches rave about him and say he is a future All American. Is a long, tall rangy type safety who appeared to have great athleticism when I watched him in the ’10 Liberty Bowl vs. Central Florida. Had pass breakup when he leaped high in the air in his zone (11:40 1st) and big hit on WR over the middle (6:33 2nd). Walk on. Nicknamed big tree. In the 2011 Boise St. game showed great strength blowing through the shoulder of an OL trying to block him to help force TFL (12:42 1st), injured foot in 1st Q and didn’t return. Broke his foot early in the 2011 season and will miss multiple games. In the 2011 LSU game (SEC Championship) he had a nice TFL getting around OT on off tackle play on 3rd and 1 (2:00 2nd), had a sack on blitz that LG for some reason didn’t pick up-actually was intentional grounding (0:38 2nd). In the 2011 Michigan St. game he had the best game of any player with huge hits, a cleanup sack after QB avoided other rushers, a spectacular jumping tip of ball for game winning INT by teammate-no other LB could have tipped that ball (4:00 4th), and great range covering TEs and making plays on the sideline vs. edge runs. The kid has it all as he’s tall, strong, fast, has ridiculously long arms (’36 arms?) and instinctive. Early 2nd round 1/19/12. Suspended the first 4 games of 2012 due to an undisclosed team rules violation. Listed as the #17 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #10 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Tennessee game he had great batted ball knocking it into the air for INT, elite cov on TE on crossing route undercutting for near INT-will be an elite pass defender at the LB spot, elite PBU on out by FB getting his long arm to knock it away at last second-99% of LBs couldn’t cover that ground (13:03 4th), perfect cov on TE Rivera for INC on short out. With his height, speed, long arms, and dominance in coverage as a LB I’m reminded of Brian Urlacher 9/29/12. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he had good rush vs. LT going wide but able to loop around for 5 sec cov sack and showed instincts by swiping at ball during sack-great speed, elite speed getting no gain tackle on RB screen-incredible burst once he read it, incredible play seeing outside run and having elite burst to ball then throwing down RB (elite strength for his size) for safety-best ILB in country already (0:55 3rd). In the 2012 Alabama game he showed his elite burst when RB TJ Yeldon cut back and was Alec closed for TFL-looked much faster than Yeldon who is a future 1st round himself (13:43 2nd), terrible play by him going in wrong gap allowing +15 yd run up middle-all his fault, HUGE hit on QB as he threw it-called for helmet to helmet, missed tackle on Yeldon inside run-in position just didn’t wrap up, picked up blocked FG and raced +55 yds for TD-showed his elite speed as he increased the lead, hit RB Eddie Lacy hard yet didn’t wrap up allowing +20 yds YAC, good speed and strong hit on 0 route. He was a mixed bag as he still shows the burst and speed with his sideline to sideline skills being the best I’ve ever graded in a LB but his lack of strength and toughness on inside runs make me wonder if he shouldn’t be a SLB instead of a MLB. He will need a DL to keep blockers off him and should be paired with a bruiser type LB but his skills are still so rare I can’t dock him too much. Top 15 1/10/13. In the 2012 Nebraska game he great TFL whipping RB Rex Burkhead around after he avoided OL block in hole, PF on late hit OOBs-called on S, TFL on option throwing down QB-can’t run outside on him, vicious hit at end of 26 yd run-around neck, hit Burkhead head on and caused FF, good rush swim moving RB on edge but QB stepped up and he flew by-out of control a bit but showed potential as a rusher, 3 sec sack going untouched up middle and throwing QB down viciously with a grab around his neck (1:11 4th).

Overall: Ogletree is one of the best LBs I’ve ever graded. His burst is spectacular and combines with his long frame and good instincts to cause him to be a tremendous run stopper. Yet, while he will regularly have +100 tackle seasons in the NFL, the thing that sets him apart is his talent in coverage. I’ve never graded a quicker, more instinctive LB in coverage than Ogletree as he absolutely blankets RBs and TEs in the passing game. His long frame and his elite talent in coverage makes me compare him to Brian Urlacher and I think Ogletree has every bit of Urlacher’s talent. Ogletree’s one flaw is that he isn’t the strongest or toughest player and at times can be run at. He will need to be paired with a bruising thumper type LB early in his careeer while his long frame adds weight. Once he adds the weight though he should be a complete LB and one of the best in the game. It’s ironic how Manti Te’o got so much love this year by the media while Ogletree was barely mentioned. Te’o has a late 3rd round grade on my board while Ogletree has a Top 15 grade as one of the best LBs I’ve ever graded. It just goes to show you how wrong analysts and experts are as they didn’t even notice an elite talent like Alec. Top 15 as my #1 LB who is the best coverage LB I’ve ever graded and a future Pro Bowler 4/3/13.

2. Jamie Collins Southern Miss #8 6’3 ½ 250 Sr.

Comparison: Lawrence Timmons

Stats: C-USA

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

92

10

20

1

4

0

0

2011

98

6.5

19.5

8

1

1

1

2010

76

2.5

2.5

1

1

2

1

2009

47

2

3

0

1

0

0

Combine: Had the most impressive broad jump I’ve ever seen at 11’7! Decent arms (33 ¾) and decent frame (6’3 ½) that could gain a little more weight making me quite comfortable with him as a pass rusher. Nice run for a LB, elite run for a DE.   

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6034

250

33.75

 

4.64

19

41.5

1107

4.32

7.1

 

Notes: Called the best athlete on the team. He began his career as a DB and has played OLB and the bandit position. In the 2011 Houston game (CUSA Championship) he had a 19 yd sack as QB circled back around stupidly but he did show a good burst in kill zone (14:55 2nd), beat LT inside getting position to hit RB right after he got handoff for quick TFL (11:47 2nd). In the 2012 Nebraska game he lacked bend in cov allowing a very easy out along sidelines-very strong tackle though, elite play shooting through opening before OG could pull to block him and diving at QB’s ankles to take him down for quick sack (4:38 1st), beat edge block by TE crashing down for no gain tackle on short yardage inside run, elite athleticism diving to trip up flanker sweep to his side allowing teammate to get TFL, knocked back initially by TE then got off block and showed great acceleration to still get RB OOBs for only 2 yds, elite speed helping on gang tackle +20 yds downfield-has spectacular trailing speed, batted ball at LOS, strong cleanup hit at end of play, poor instincts in coverage and they dropped him regularly, great TFL crashing hard in pursuit so when QB tried to cut back on option away he was swallowed up instantly (11:42 4th), he regularly stacked and shed OL making me think his best fit might be 3-4 ILB. Due to Nebraska’s max protect schemes he rarely was given a free rush but still his athleticism shone through. I don’t know where you play him (SLB in a 4-3, 3-4 OLB, 3-4 ILB, 4-3 DE?) but he’ll immediately be one of the best athletes at whatever position he’s used at. In the 2011 Nevada game he had good speed chasing QB on rollout nearly getting him for safety but missing him on diving tackle by inches (14:20 2nd), good quick tackle on zone read holding outside then dive tackling RB inside when he got the ball-very good quickness for a DE, good quickness and speed again this time on QB keeper to his side as he trailed play but made up ground quickly for 4 yd tackle.

Overall: Jamie is probably the most athletic prospect in this draft. His combination of size (6’3 ½ 250), speed (4.64), and explosion (41.5 vert, 11’7 broad) is historic. My best comparison is Lawrence Timmons who was an ILB coming out of Florida State and who went in the 1st round despite being very raw and lacking great instincts. His Combine numbers got him that 1st round selection and I’m reminded of him when watching Jamie as guys with that size aren’t supposed to be so explosive. Jamie bested Timmons in the 40, vertical, broad, and tied him in the 20 yd shuttle all with Jamie weighing 26 lbs more than Lawrence so to say Jamie is an elite athlete is an understatement. Yet Jamie is by no means just a workout wonder as he has 3 straight seasons of +76 tackles and 2 straight seasons of +6.5 sacks and +19.5 TFL showing the rare combination of both run stuffing and pass rushing stats that has Jarvis Jones and Damontre Moore so high on my board. I think his best fit at the next level would be as a 3-4 ILB or a 4-3 SLB so I will keep him in the LB class despite part of me thinking that moving him to a full time pass rush position (4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB) would be the best way to unlock the most value in him. No matter where he plays he will instantly be one of the most athletic players at that position in the NFL and I have become comfortable with the idea that Jamie Collins from little ole Southern Miss is one of the elite prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. Top 20 as my #2 LB 3/3/13.

3. Sio Moore Connecticut #3 6’0 ¾ 245 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Late add for Day 4. Great strength popping Kyle Juszcyk back on heels for rush in drill, had speed/power combo rush vs. Justin Pugh but couldn’t get free till very late (-3), couldn’t get edge vs. Pugh on pure speed rush (-3.5). In the Senior Bowl game he he backed up at WLB, had a pressure vs. Jordan Mills on bull rush-doesn’t look 230, blew past Terron Armstead for 4 sec sack-incredible speed and again he looks the part as a pass rusher splitting the FB and LT, fast to quick pass in open field for tackle, he shot through hole and grabbed Stepfan Taylor body slamming him over his head wrestler style, strong hit on FB getting him OOBs-didn’t wrap up though so almost got YAC, big hit on dump off to RB over the middle, held up when had a hit on RB about to go in for game winning score-final seconds of All-Star game and didn’t want any more collisions? Despite his last play where he held up I still thought Sio was the best LB in the game as he laid big hits on RBs, had a sack, and got a few pressures. He’s a legit 3 down LB who also has pass rush skills.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

72

7.5

15.5

0

0

0

2011

86

6.5

16

2

3

0

2010

110

1.5

11.5

2

1

0

2009

6

0

1

0

0

0

Combine: At the Combine he had the most reps, best vert (not counting Washington or Collins who are DL in my eyes), and best broad while finishing 3rd in the 40. Good weight (245) and arm length (33 5/8) keeps open the possibility that he can play 3-4 OLB. A little tight but very quick and explosive in hips drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6006

245

33.63

 

4.62

29

38

1007

4.31

7.49

 

Notes: In the 2012 Syracuse game he was stiff armed easily with one hand by LT Justin Pugh on pass rush, almost got nice diving INT on deflected ball, is very tight due to his high muscle tone and struggles on change of direction and hip movements in coverage. In the 2012 Pittsburgh game he had a good jam of WR then showed speed staying with him almost getting INT but dropping it-easy as right to him, lines up at DE on 3rd down, blew past LT and bended well hitting QB as he threw for INC, good batted ball at LOS-in lane for dumpoff in flat, sped past RT and showed good bend for 4 sec sack-will be a very good blitzer at the next level (0:31 2nd), good crash down line getting TFL and forcing punt when RB had to cut as initial hole wasn’t there, hurt his knee in 4th Q when collided with a fellow rusher, he came back in and had solid bull rush vs. RT disengaging for 4.5 sec sack when QB stepped up in pocket (4:08 4th). He was dominant in this game as he showed up in coverage, against the run, and as a pass rusher. His size makes me think he has to be a 4-3 WLB but his best fit skill wise would be as a ILB in a 3-4 where he gets to be rushed occasionally. Either way he needs to gain weight as that is the only thing keeping him from being a 3rd-4th round type talent 11/24/12.

Overall: Sio has really come on the past few months as he dominated at the East-West Shrine game, followed it up by looking like the best LB in the Senior Bowl, and then ended his offseason with the trifecta by blowing up the Combine. My only issue with him previously was his size as he was listed at 230 lbs yet he fixed that by weighing in at 245 lbs and still keeping his speed with a very solid 4.62 40 to go along with 29 reps, a ’38 vert, and a 10’7 broad all of which were in the upper echelon for LBs. His productivity is elite as well as he hasn’t been the +100 tackle guy others have been each year (did do it in 2010) but has a combination of stats with 14 sacks, 31.5 TFL, 2 FF, and 3 INT the past 2 seasons. Sio can do it all as he’s a big hitter, can cover in zones (not the best in man due to tightness), and is a very capable pass rusher. While others are obsessed with Khaseem Greene or Manti Te’o I am into Moore who is more athletic and versatile than either. It’s rare for me to give these out but Moore is deserving of the rare 1st round grade for a LB. Late 1st as my #3 LB 3/3/13.

4. Kevin Minter LSU #46 5’11 ¾ 246 Jr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

130

4

15

1

1

0

2011

61

1

3.5

1

0

0

2010

15

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Short (5’11 ¾ with 32 arms). Not fast in 40. Nice bend in hips drill. Did the DB drill wrong numerous times and kept being brought back.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5116

246

32

 

4.81

25

33

911

 

 

 

Notes: #133 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2012 Washington game he had elite cov down seam vs. TE for INC then followed with nice TFL shooting gap on outside run. John Chavis calls him the best MLB I’ve ever had. In the 2012 Alabama game he had a nice hit on TE Michael Williams for PBU and punt. In the 2012 Arkansas game he was called for PI on shallow cross, huge hit on cross, perfect cov on seam route vs. WR Cobi Hamilton (elite speed) yet called for PI as hit WR for no valid reason-stupid. 1st team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Clemson game he got off cut block but missed tackle in open space on RB Andre Ellington, never comes off field playing all game long, delayed blitz up middle just moving C right out of his stance for 4.5 sec sack-great job getting low and rooting OL out (0:32 2nd), big hit on QB draw for short gain.

Overall: Minter, who should be called the energizer bunny as he never subs off the field, is an extremely productive player who I expect to be a very good pro. His three negatives are his below average speed, his poor height, and the fact that he was only a top level player for 1 season. All are reasons why he isn’t a 1st round caliber player but I fully expect him to be an above average starter from Day 1 and have a 10 year career in the NFL. His lack of speed will necessitate he play on the inside yet his girth could allow him to play either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, though the latter appears to be the best fit. Kevin has very good instincts, is a team leader, is one of the hardest hitters in the draft, and likely would have become an overrated Top 15 pick if he had returned for another season at LSU. It surprised me that he left early but it’s probably for the best as then I would have bashed a team for taking a MLB in the 1st despite the NFL being a passing league while now I can praise a team for taking him in the 2nd or later. A very good player who will likely be a step below a Pro Bowler due to a lack of elite athleticism but who nonetheless should be a team leader and ultra productive. 2nd round as my #4 LB 3/13/13.

5. Kevin Reddick North Carolina #48 6’1 3/8 243 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Beat easily by RB Kenjon Barner in 1×1 drill. 11×11-strong tackle on inside run and earlier on end around, PBU on dump off to RB. He was the best LB on day 1. Day 2: Easily beat Robbie Rouse in pass rush drill, no rush initially then bulled through Johnathan Franklin. Day 2: 11×11-easy tackle on outside run, TFL outside run. Day 4: Got edge vs. Franklin but slipped for no rush in drill. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at MLB, good low tackle on Stepfan Taylor on inside run, took on block of FB well in hole but barely couldn’t get RB going by, very strong handling OL blocks, hit RB on cross but he broke tackle-slowed him so no YAC, good instincts reading cross again by RB and reacting as he cut for PBU, great job getting through OL despite C Dalton Freeman’s attempted block for TFL on inside run.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

85

6.5

18.5

2

0

0

2011

71

1

6

0

0

0

2010

74

1

6

0

2

1

2009

45

0

5.5

0

0

0

Combine: Solid 40 both in the time and the stride he had in it. Average in hips drill. Poor in 4 bag drill looking slow and stiff.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6013

243

32.25

 

4.72

23

 

905

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Virginia game dropped into coverage then showed very good speed to zoom up to hit QB for TFL on scramble (13:57 1st), good job on delayed blitz avoiding RB’s pass pro to hit QB as he threw the ball (7:53 1st), great instincts to react quickly to the counter play and race in for a TFL (4:55 1st), and a very good job getting to right sweep faster than OLB Zach Brown who was closer-did miss tackle in space though (12:55 3rd). Far and away the superior player over his more heralded teammate Zach Brown as he is more instinctive, stronger, and doesn’t look to be much worse athletically. In the 2011 Georgia Tech game he showed elite speed racing through the middle to sack QB before he could even really start the option run (8:10 1st), met at QB for TFL on option with fellow LB (11:05 3rd), huge play avoiding OL blocker to tackle RB on shovel pass short of sticks to force punt (13:00 4th). Didn’t play in 2011 Louisville game with Fabby Desir taking his spot. Had ankle injury earlier in the year. In the 2011 Clemson game he showed good cover skills reacting well to nearly intercept but still pbu quick slant (7:57 1st), elite tackle for no gain shooting through hole, avoiding OL blocked and hitting the RB after he had only taken 2 steps showing outstanding instincts and speed for a play that wasn’t even a blitz but a standard formation (12:20 3rd). In the 2012 Louisville game he had good late rush on QB rollout getting good hit and forcing INC, good fill of hole hitting RB hard for short loss on inside run, very good 5 sec sack-obviously part was the cov-as he went against TE but slipped inside to wrap him up. Listed as the #36 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #52 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. 15th in nation in TFL-1st among LBs not considered pass rushers aka not counting Jarvis Jones, Anthony Barr, etc.

Overall: Kevin is a steady player without elite athleticism or strength who has all the makings of an above average starting MLB in a 4-3. That would be his ideal scheme yet he has the size to play inside in a 3-4 and the speed to play outside in a 4-3 if necessary with his instincts making him play faster than his average 40 time (4.72). He is adept at taking on or slipping OL blocks and is a rugged LB who is far from finesse. Despite playing for a highly publicized program like North Carolina and being very productive (3 straight seasons of +70 tackles, 1st among ILBs in TFL with 18.5) he’s underrated and slated right now to go in the 3rd-5th round area. Anything later than the middle of the 3rd would be a steal as I’d be surprised if Kevin isn’t a quality starting LB for the next decade. 3 down LB who lacks flash and is being overlooked in this year’s draft. Late 2nd round as my #5 LB 3/6/13.

6. Chase Thomas Stanford #44 6’3 244 Sr.

Comparison: A much less athletic Brian Cushing

Senior Bowl: Day 2: Battled Xavier Nixon yet didn’t get edge or move him back much (-3). In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at SLB, pancaked Hugh Thornton on running play, great instincts reading screen taking on blocker and almost getting short gain tackle-RB broke it but he still messed up play, tossed away Jack Doyle like a rag doll-elite strength.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

71

7.5

15.5

1

1

0

2011

52

8.5

17.5

5

0

0

2010

69

7

11

1

1

0

2009

36

4

7

2

0

0

Combine: Tight and high up in hips drill. High, slow, and poor feet in 4 bag drill. Very good hands in DB drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6030

244

32.25

 

4.91

18

32

905

4.31

7.17

 

Notes: In the 2011 Washington game had easy tackle for short gain going unblocked off edge on inside run, good discipline not biting on end around for tackle on QB run of 1 yd, tight coverage on TE 9 route, good TFL shooting gap hitting RB as he took handoff (11:10 3rd), good job beating TE down block inside to get another TFL on very next play, beat LT Senio Kelemete on spin move inside but QB scramble away, PF with hit to head of QB. Listed as the #99 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #57 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. Was the Cardinals best defensive playmaker in ’10 (66 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 11.5 TFL, 1 int, 1 FF). In the 2012 Notre Dame game he had good rush swiping away FB blocker to get pressure on QB-they blitz him regularly almost as a 3-4 OLB, good arm around move on RG hitting QB right after he threw, good arm over on backup TE for pressure but missed in kill zone for would be safety allowing throw away, very good speed on RB Theo Reddick’s wheel route-3 down LB, great cov again on Reddick forcing amazing back shoulder lofted pass. In the 2012 USC game he had PF on late hit on QB Matt Barkley-pile drove him, great 3.5 sec sack blowing past LT Audrey Walker and barely getting touched on great get off. In the 2012 Oregon game he was invisible. In the 2012 UCLA game he missed tackle on inside run vs. RB Johnathan Franklin for YAC, jumped offsides, lucky sack being blocked well by RB but QB scrambled through his hole and he clamped down on him when he went through. 1st team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Wisconsin game (Rose Bowl) he was called for ticky tack PI on short out by RB-within 5 yds?, he didn’t have time as quick throw but made nice slam and over move on LT Rick Wagner, again ran out of time as made a nice spin move from outside rush on Wagner who fell down but was screen. He overall had a quiet game and probably lacks the talent to be a 3-4 OLB but as a change of pace rusher I like him and his multi faceted skill set still intrigues me. 2nd round 1/3/13.

Overall: For the past 3 seasons Chase Thomas has shown just enough athleticism to make me consider him as a full time pass rusher at OLB in a 3-4 scheme. Yet in numerous games against top level OL talent he struggled and I was always reluctant to move him from the LB position. The decision has now been made for me with his Combine numbers as with 32 ¼ arms, 18 reps on the bench, and an atrocious 4.91 40 he clearly lacks the length, strength, or athleticism to permanently be a pass rusher. His Combine was one of the worst of any prospect at any position and it will affect him come draft day yet the past 3 years I’ve seen a smart, quick, instinctive player and I won’t forget that simply due to some poor numbers. While he’s not athletic enough to be a full time pass rusher he does have a talent for it and as a SLB in a 4-3 or as an ILB in a 3-4 he could be a situational blitzer. Also on tape he showed very good strength in engaging OL so I have no worries about his 18 reps though they were surprising. Overall Chase is too talented a player to drop far yet he lacks the athleticism you want in a top level LB prospect so he could drop a bit on Draft Day. Early 3rd round as my #6 LB 3/11/13.

7. Arthur Brown Kansas St. #4 6’1 231 Sr.

Comparison: Jon Beason

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

100

1

7

0

2

1

2011

101

2

9.5

0

1

0

2009

13

0

0.5

0

0

0

2008

4

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Didn’t run due to “injury.”

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6000

241

32.5

 

 

 

 

908

 

 

 

Notes: #6 in ESPN 150 for ’08. Transfer from Miami who is the starting MLB for them. In the 2011 Baylor game had the pivotal int vs. Robert Griffin III bobbling it for a good 2 seconds before securing it to set up the game winning FG (5:30 4th), very good sack on scrambling RG III showing impressive speed to track him down going for sidelines to get turn the corner or get out of bounds to stop the clock (2:55 4th), too much speed for RB Terrance Gannaway getting outside ahead of him on 3rd and 4 play stopping him for 1 yd (1:45 4th). Listed as the #60 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #65 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 West Virginia game he had a great play getting cut on backside of run yet getting up instantly and trailing to get strong hit and TFL on RB when he cut back, great strength taking on FB in hole and pushing him back to get TFL on 3rd and 1, strong tackle in hole on inside run, good speed on blitz to get hit on QB as he threw-INC, easy INT on deflected pass, impressive speed and hard hit on outside run-all over the field in this game. In the 2012 Texas Tech game he looked smaller than he was last year, slipped on fake blitz for offsides, great speed and hustle being 1st into end zone on defensive TD run back of +60 yds by teammate, showed great speed in coverage moving around like a safety, showed good speed in cov again this time getting deflected pass and taking it 37 yds for pick six (11:50 4th). He now looks more like a WLB prospect which will severely hurt his value but I’ll have to check his weight as other than size he still looks amazing as a prospect. 1st team Big 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Oregon game (Fiesta Bowl) he got into it with OL who threw a punch at Brown-not called, juked in hole by QB Marcus Mariota for YAC, elite play reading outside run and diving past OL for TFL-had to rewind it as he was so fast to the ball (3:40 3rd), avoided OL block for short gain tackle on inside run. He had a few amazing plays but overall was quiet. I’ve seen enough of him though and know his toughness, big hits, speed, instincts, and leadership. 3rd round 1/3/13.

Overall: Arthur is a player I’ve been a fan of for quite awhile yet could be becoming a little overrated by the media. At 6’0 241 he has solid size yet from tape he looks much smaller than 241 and the fact that he didn’t run at the Combine or do really any drills makes me think he bulked up solely to show he can play LB positions other than WLB in a 4-3. I’m not 100% sure of that as he is strong on tape and has very good instincts but I do think WLB would be his best position in the pros. Due to this, WLB position is arguably the easiest position to fill for an NFL team, he loses value in my eyes and might be a little overrated by some as right now he’s an early 2nd to most people. With back to back +100 tackle seasons in the Big 12 and with a highlight reel of big hits I still love the kid but think his value maxes out as a 3rd rounder due to size and possibly lack of versatility. Great WLB who could possibly play MLB and is a 3rd rounder as my #7 LB 3/11/13.

8. Kiko Alonso Oregon #47 6’3 238 Sr.

Comparison: Bill Romanowski

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

81

1

14

2

4

0

2011

46

2.5

6

0

2

0

2010

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

16

0

1

1

0

0

Combine: Didn’t run due to injury. Looked good in backpedal drill and caught ball.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6030

238

32.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: His real name is Kristian, teased as kid for having a girl’s name. His father is Cuban and nicknamed him Kiko. Had DUI in Feb 2010 and knee injury in spring of that year. In May 2011 he was arrested for trespassing, burglary, and criminal mischief. He shaped up and became a starter in 2011. Is a quiet guy who rarely allows interviews. Is a tall, lean player who has the frame to add another 10-15 lbs. In the 2011 UCLA game (Pac-12 Championship) he had a good TFL getting into backfield and catching him when he cut back (2:00 2nd). In the 2011 Wisconsin game (Rose Bowl) he had a massive hit on QB Russell Wilson as he threw the ball, elite diving INT showing great hands, body control, and play making ability on TE out in middle of field (0:50 3rd). Defensive MVP of the 2011 Rose Bowl. In the 2012 Arkansas St. game he showed very good speed blitzing QB then coming back to get RB on dump off for no gain. In the 2012 Cal game he had good speed blitzing off edge and crashing down for no gain tackle on inside run. In the 2012 USC game he missed tackle in hole vs. RB Silas Redd, very nice INT jumping curl route for tough off balanced catch. In the 2012 Stanford game he threw himself into the OL causing all sorts of damage to bust up run play-gave up his body, shot through hole but missed TFL in kill zone-still ruined run play, strong hit on sidelines on WR for 0 route-very fast to it too, leaped over RB’s cut block on blitz forcing QB out of pocket. 2nd team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Kansas St. game (Fiesta Bowl) he rammed into C to push him back ruining run play on 4th and 1, cheap shot near end of play with QB wrapped up, shot out of a cannon for TFL on stretch left-elite speed for a LB (4.5), great instincts leaving his man to make hit on crossing pattern for INC, good extended arm tackle on Klein for TFL on scramble. He impressed me again and with his frame (6’4), speed (looks like 4.5), and wild man tenacity I see him as a much better prospect than most. Early 3rd round 1/3/13.

Overall: Kiko has been one of the more enjoyable LBs to grade the past two years. His coming out party came two years ago in the Rose Bowl when he had 1 ½ sacks and a diving INT that was one of the better defensive plays all year. He followed that up with a very good 2012 season in which he showed up in the biggest games to make the game changing plays time and again. What’s most enjoyable to watch with him though is the wild man recklessness that he plays with. It’s similar to Troy Polamalu in that he just attacks offenses in any way possible. Countless times on film I watched him launch himself at an OL or RB to try and make a play. It’s an exciting style, and very effective, yet worries me as he could be injury prone due to this. Also he had 2 off the field issues early in his career and while it appears to be over with I do still see some wild man in his eyes. Purely as a football player he’s a late 2nd/early 3rd rounder with the height (6’3), weight (238), speed, toughness, and strength you want in a LB. He could bulk up and play in a 3-4 as an ILB or play either OLB spot in a 4-3. His cover skills are elite due to his speed, instincts, and ball skills (6 INTs past 2 seasons) and he always seems to be making the huge hit or game changing play. He also looks like the quiet leader type that everyone loves as he’s a non-stop motor guy who will leave it all on the field. Unfortunately the possibility that his style could cause him injuries and his off the field issues drop him a bit on my board. 3rd rounder who I both love as a player and worry about as a person who is my #8 LB 3/13/13.

9. Jon Bostic Florida #52 6’0 7/8 245 Sr.

Comparison: Na’il Diggs

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

67

3

6.5

1

2

1

2011

94

3

10

1

0

0

2010

57

1.5

2.5

0

3

0

2009

18

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Looked very fast in his 40. Top 3 in 4 bag drill. Very agile in DB drill.   

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6007

245

33

 

4.61

22

32.5

910

4.24

6.99

 

Notes: #108 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 Tennessee game had a good delayed blitz from the outside for a sack on QB Tyler Bray showing good speed (11:45 2nd). In the 2011 LSU game had an easy sack as entire pocket collapsed and he was first to QB by a half sec, very nice hit on WR screen also showing good speed getting out there very quickly on Russell Shephard (14:55 4th). In the 2011 Alabama game he got into it twice in the 2nd Q vs. DJ Fluker losing both but showing great spunk-though the 2nd time he got a PF for swinging at Fluker (3:30 2nd), beat Fluker inside but run the other way. In the 2012 South Carolina game he showed his elite speed getting to edge ahead of RB for no gain tackle on option-took QB and RB,  (7:53 1st), said he’s played more physically than last year. In the 2012 Florida St. game he talked non-stop all game long, never noticed him except on standard tackles. 2nd team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Louisville game (Sugar Bowl) he did late blitz on rollout and had a HUGE hit on QB as he threw-called for PI.

Overall: Bostic is one of the most talented players in this draft. Unfortunately he’s been a pretty big tease his entire career and I don’t see him ever realizing his full potential. At 6’1 245 and with both strength (22 reps) and speed (4.61-2nd among 34 LBs) he physically has everything you want in a LB. Yet dig deeper and he’s missing so much as he lacks toughness, physicality, or instincts. Quite a few scouts would argue that those 3 attributes are the most important for a LB and Bostic currently has none of them. Bostic reminds me of Na’il Diggs as they both have elite size/speed ratios but little else. Diggs had a +10 year career in the NFL and I expect the same with Bostic so I’m not claiming he’ll be a bust but if you watch his highlights or see his Combine measurables you’ll get more excited about him than you should. Bostic will be an above average starting LB and has the size and athleticism to play ILB in a 3-4 or any LB spot in a 4-3 which increases his value even further. Draft Bostic as a role player in the 3rd or later and you’ll be happy, draft him in the first two rounds expecting a Pro Bowl caliber player and you’ll be disappointed. Late 3rd round as my #9 LB 3/13/13.

10. Manti Te’o Notre Dame 6’1 ¼ 241 Sr.

Comparison: Ray Maualuga

Stats: Independent

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

113

1.5

5.5

0

7

0

2011

128

5

13.5

1

0

0

2010

129

1

8.5

1

0

0

2009

63

1

5.5

0

0

0

Combine: Pretty poor 40 but had a decent get off. Average in hips drill. Good hips and hands in DB drill. Solid feet and great hands in backpedal drill. In the past 5 years 12 LBs have been taken in the 1st round with not one of them running higher than a 4.79.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6012

241

32.5

 

4.82

 

33

905

4.27

7.13

 

Notes: Was star at All American practices. Expected to be a star from day 1. #2 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Did not play in the 2011 Spring Game except in non contact situations. Real thick linebacker with solid speed who looks like a pure MLB. In the 2011 South Florida game he was not very noticeable and at times looked bad like on the 4th and 1 where he chose the wrong hole then fell down while sifting through the lines (10:01 2nd), solid sack on blitz where he avoided the RB cut block but the sack was really due to the DE forcing QB BJ Daniels to step up in the pocket (8:02 2nd), solid job shedding an OL block and running to cleanup the play (2:48 2nd), good job again handling OL, sifting through the lines, and hitting RB in hole down the line-yet not hitting too hard (2:07 2nd). I was hardly impressed by the big kid as he didn’t have great speed, instincts, or hitting ability and to me looks like a 4th or 5th round type but this does come after only 1 scouted game 9/6/11. In the 2011 USC game was solid getting off OL block for 8 yd tackle but RB had basically fallen down anyways, solid tackle on run right at him where he wasn’t blocked, looked slow in open space getting juked by QB Matt Barkley who then picked up 5 yds (8:52 1st), missed tackle on RB Mark Tyler in his hole allowing 7 yd gain on 1st and goal at the 10! (7:00 1st), easily blocked by FB on 5 yd run for 1st, couldn’t get off OL block barely missing Tyler as he dove for his feet allowing 10 yd run right up the middle, beat in zone coverage by WR Robert Wood for 5 yd TD (1:01 1st), ran into wrong hole allowing huge hole up the middle for 9 yds (11:15 2nd), good job standing up blocker helping line stay strong on 4th and 1 for turnover on downs (10:10 2nd), solid tackle on 6 yd run going to one hole then sliding to the other to make stop but only after 1st on 2nd and 6, poor blitz getting 4.5 sec pressure but caught in OL briefly, beat by TE on 10 yd TD but barely overthrown by Barkley-showed poor awareness that he was supposed to cover him giving separation immediately (4:06 2nd), showed good speed shooting through hole on toss left but couldn’t make TFL allowing 11 yd run (2:43 2nd), very solid tackle in coverage helping 1 CB then coming around to make tackle on quick slant on other side of field (13:33 3rd), missed another tackle this time grabbing RB in backfield AND having help from DL yet missed him when he spun allowing YAC (3:25 4th). Once again I watched a game of his where he missed numerous tackles, had no big hits, made no major plays, and was part of a defense that the opposing offense ran right at all night long. This guy is very overrated 10/25/11. Coming back for senior year. In the 2011 Florida St. game he had good speed getting out to dump off in flat hitting RB at 2 yd gain and getting FF (9:10 1st), solid rush up middle hitting QB but missing sack in kill zone with teammate cleaning up, solid 3 yd tackle in hole, strong hit on WR after 4 yd dump off-not a kill shot but a hard hit, solid coverage but barely got down WR tripping him at last second to avoid missed tackle on hitch, elite coverage on short hitch with perfect technique batting ball with left hand nearest ball for pbu (10:15 4th). He looked faster and had fewer missed tackles and missed reads than in previous games. I still don’t see what all of the fuss is about but he’s a thick, strong, hard hitting LB who right now looks like a 3rd-4th rounder 12/29/11. Has 3.30 GPA. Volunteers at local youth center. Listed as the #85 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Navy game he shot through the line on 4th and 1 for TFL, good slip of cut block to get no gain tackle on option right, he finally had his first career INT on a terribly thrown ball that wasn’t well behind his target (2:38 3rd). He was instinctive and decisive stopping the option yet still looks slow to me and isn’t nearly the hitter people give him credit for. Another above average game from him which continues to make me think he’s a 3rd round type talent and very overrated 9/1/12. Listed as the #63 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 USC game he had solid speed on trailing tackle on run away-first time in 1 ½ quarters I’ve seen him do anything, had INT on crossing route-ball thrown right at him, strong hit in hole immediately knocking RB backwards. He had an INT and a few solid tackles but overall was invisible. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he looked much quicker than previous years (lost 15 lbs) getting to outside run very well, very good speed for 4 sec sack and big hit on blitz up middle, good cov dropping deep enough to help cover post in middle of field from slot WR, good job avoiding OL blocker to slip in for short gain tackle on inside run away from him, had great diving INT on deflected pass (4:30 4th). In the 2012 Stanford game he had good PBU on hitch by TE-good technique with left arm hitting it and good timing doing it, good trail on outside run getting around OL blocks and getting assist, good hit on wrapped up RB, good hit of RB on pile keeping him from stretching it over-fell on his butt play before for no impact and no impact play after on 4th and goal. In the 2012 Michigan St. game he lost two people (grandma and girlfriend-leukemia) week before this game, he was beat to edge by RB Le’Veon Bell for 7 yds, good job staying on feet when OL cut him, strong grasp on RB holding short of 1st despite having full head of steam at him, TFL going untouched up middle on run up middle-perfect play call, very good PBU on short dump off to TE Dion Sims-covered him much of the night allowing dump off but rarely YAC which shows his strength as Sims is 285 lbs. In the 2012 Alabama (BCS Championship) game he missed tackle on spin move by RB Eddie Lacy, juked on play action for easy 3 yd TD to TE over his head, missed tackle in backfield on 3rd and 3 vs. RB TJ Yeldon allowing +10 yds. He was terrible in this game with missed tackles and absolutely no impact in stopping a run game that ran for +200 yds. I once again am championing him as the most overated player in the draft. Early 2nd round 1/7/13.

Overall: While people have been jumping off Te’o’s bandwagon for months now due to the “Catfish” incident I’ve been championing him as one of the most overrated players in the nation for quite awhile longer. In 2011 I thought he was a mediocre LB at best who needed to lose weight and improve as both a pass defender and run stopper as he lacked the speed to get to the edge on outside runs. He did that and in 2012 he became a much better player yet in my eyes that only moved him from a 3rd-4th round grade into the 2nd round and continued to make me feel he was overrated as most suddenly viewed him as a Top 10 player. MLB is one of the easier positions on the football field to fill and is often the first position replaced when an opposing offense adds another WR. It’s not a position I would want to use a Top 10 pick on anyway but especially not on one like Te’o who has never been more than a glorified run stuffer. This season he was 46th in the country in tackles, had 0 forced fumbles (dampening this idea that he’s a big hitter), was worthless as a blitzer (1.5 sacks), and rarely saw action in an opponents backfield (5.5 TFL-not Top 120 in nation). It is laughable that he won so many awards and him wearing a golden helmet has helped his cause tremendously. Yet all of that momentum he built up has been decimated by this weird off the field issue and it’s disappointing b/c I was looking forward to bashing the team in the Top 15 who took Te’o in the 1st round. As a football player he will be exploited in coverage (he can cover anyone man to man), be subbed out regularly on passing downs, and be only above average against the run. As a person he will be made fun of mercilessly by his teammates and opposing players for his “Catfish” incident and the one aspect of him that I saw as a one huge positive, his leadership and character, now appears to be a negative. As a football player I would grade him as a late 2nd rounder yet after taking into the account the lying and deceit he exhibited in the fake girlfriend situation, the fact that there is a valid question of whether or not he’s gay, and his Combine performance which was very poor I want nothing to do with Te’o and have a late 3rd round grade on him. He’s been overrated in my eyes for years now so it’s no surprise that I once again am pegging him lower than most. Late 3rd round as my #10 LB 3/13/13.

11. Khaseem Greene Rutgers #20 6’0 ¾ 241 Sr.

Comparison: Greg Jones

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Tight cov vs. Kyle Juszcyk in 1×1 drill. Day 2: Pancaked in hole by Kyle in pass rush drill, poor technique but eventually just ran over Robbie Rouse. Day 4: Went right through Kenjon Barner in rush drill, no rush vs. Rouse, beat by Rouse on wheel route but overthrown. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at WLB, missed tackle on cut back on reverse, poor job coming up to get RB allowing 13 yd run instead of 4-6, blocked by FB Tommy Bohanon in hole allowing 9 yds, quick through hole for TFL on inside run, not good speed unable to cut angle on misdirection and having to make tackle +15 yds downfield, strong hit on WR hitch.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

136

6

12

6

2

0

2011

140

3.5

14

3

0

0

2010

77

0

2.5

4

2

0

2009

33

2

2

0

2

0

Combine: Average 40, especially for a WLB. Top 3 in 4 bag drill. Turned wrong way in DB drill-average overall.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6006

241

32.63

 

4.71

17

30

908

4.2

7.58

 

Notes: Big East DPOY in 2011 as top tackler. Is an undersized player whose future is at WLB or nothing. In the 2011 Cincinnati game he came into game as leading tackler in Big East, very nice job seeing hole shooting through it and hitting QB hard and low to flip him down for no gain (7:44 1st), good blitz squeezing through hole in line and sacking QB after he picked up fumbled snap on messed up play (14:16 3rd). Played FS in 2010 but bulked up and moved to LB. In the 2011 Iowa St. game he had a good sack and forced fumble on unblocked blitz up the middle getting TO (11:00 2nd), solid speed and hustle tackling QB on scramble +20 yds downfield, great pbu and near INT showing a nice vertical in middle zone vs. slant (9:10 2nd), elite TFL lining up at CB? and reading WR screen to come up to make diving tackle with force ripping WR down (2:15 2nd), injured on blitz near the end of the game-looked like a broken ankle. He looked much better in this game than in the previous one I scouted him at yet due to his size and his speed, which is good but not elite, he still isn’t better than a 5th-6th rounder 1/2/12. 6th round 1/21/12. Returning for senior year. In the 2012 South Florida game he blitzed a number of times and looked athletic but didn’t make any wow plays. 1st team Big East in 2012. DPOY in 2012 (back to back years). In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he had big hit on RB screen for TFL-actually slow to get there but cleaned it up well, solid blitz up middle for hit on QB causing high throw for INC, okay tackle on inside run-he is almost never blocked which just confuses me. I like him but first off he’s a 4-3 WLB and nothing else due to his size, 2nd off his HUGE games have come against mediocre to poor talent, and 3rd off he doesn’t have elite speed (4.6) for a guy his size. I like him but this talk of him as a late 1st/early 2nd is premature. Late 3rd round 12/30/12.

Overall: Greene is a player whose statistics have caused his draft stock to soar well above reasonable valuations. His two year totals of 276 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 26 TFL, 9 FF, and 2 INT is mind blowing yet every time I’ve scouted him he’s been only an above average player on tape. The disconnect comes from the fact that his best games have come against inferior competition (22 tackles against Army, 14 tackles and 1 sack vs. Tulane, etc.). Purely from a physical standpoint the former safety is an undersized player with solid speeed who lacks strength at the point of attack and lacks the elite athleticism of a Zach Brown or Bruce Carter to play WLB. His productivity yet mediocre tape reminds me of Greg Jones coming out of Michigan State and I correctly lowered his draft grade due to the numerous red flags on film. Jones was cut by the Giants last year and has had zero impact to this point in the NFL. I think Khaseem is more versatile than Jones was and therefore deserves a higher grade yet there are some eery similarities between the two highly productive players. Despite being 241 lbs Greene isn’t strong enough at the POA to play anywhere except as a WLB in a 4-3 defense and he was exploited in coverage at times at the Senior Bowl. As a natural playmaker I think he’ll overcome his physical deficiencies to be a solid starter but he has no scheme diversity, plays a position of minimal value, and is one of the most overrated players in this year’s draft. 4th round as my #11 LB 3/6/13.

12. Vince Williams Florida St. #11 6’0 ¾ 233 Sr.

Comparison: Brandon Spikes

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Just destroyed OG Dalton Freeman on pull block in hole in 11×11-hit of the day. Day 2: Missed TFL on inside run. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he missed tackle in open space on quick cut by Robbie Rouse, quick to hole to beat OL block for short tackle-great at runs downhill, got off OL block and then hit, lifted, and stuck in ground Kenyon Barner for a huge hit!, stayed on feet despite good OL block and then raced to RB for strong tackle again, the best LB on his team.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

59

1

6.5

0

0

0

2011

54

2

5

0

1

0

2010

17

0

0

0

0

0

2009

RS

 

 

 

 

 

2008

9

0

1

0

0

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6006

233

 

 

4.76

22

32.5

903

4.67

7.53

Notes: In the 2011 Clemson game had an easy int dropped as QB hit him in the hands on first play in zone coverage (10:20 1st), looked helpless trying to tackle WR Sammy Watkins as he had a clear shot at him but Watkins made a move and was gone for extra yards making him fly past (4:16 1st). In the 2011 Oklahoma game he had a decleating hit on RB Domonique Whaley. 2nd team ACC in 2012. Team Captain. In the 2012 Georgia Tech game he showed a very good burst to ball for TFL on pitch man-avoided OL block too then exploded, good speed getting across field for short gain on pitch, outstanding speed for TFL on pitch outside-killing their pitch game singlehandedly. In the 2012 Northern Illinois game he was undisciplined not covering RB out of backfield to allow +20 yds, strong tackle for no gain on 3rd and 1-really ripped the QB’s head viciously, had big hit on late blitz when QB scrambled. Is a short, stout ILB type who would fit best in a 3-4 but possibly could play MLB or SLB in a 4-3. I question his cover skills but as a 2 down LB he is a good one and I’m not sure he can’t cover I just don’t know at this point. 5th round 1/2/13.

Overall: Vince’s evaluation is very easy: when the action is in front of him he’s very good when it’s to his side or he has to backpedal then he becomes very bad. He’s a hard hitting inside linebacker with mediocre speed and even worse lateral quickness who projects as a 2 down LB. In the right scheme he could hold up against the pass as he could be an enforcer type in the middle of the field but he will struggle in man coverage and most likely just be a 2 down LB. His Senior Bowl was very impressive though as he layed people out left and right and reminds me of Brandon Spikes due to his big hitting ability and liabilities in coverage. Late 4th round as my #12 LB 4/3/13.

13. Sean Porter Texas A&M #10 6’1 ¼ 229 Sr.

Stats: Big 12 (’09-’11) SEC (’12)

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

66

3.5

6.5

3

1

1

0

2011

79

9.5

17

6

1

0

0

2010

74

0.5

7

1

0

0

0

2009

41

1

4

1

0

0

0

Combine: Not good measuring in at 229 lbs. Terrible 40 for a WLB at his weight. Quick in hips drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6012

229

32.25

 

4.75

22

35

911

 

 

 

Notes: The Eagle commentator Robert Cessna says he is “the next Von Miller.” Outstanding in coverage often splitting out on WRs and doing a very good job. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU beat WR Russell Shephard to inside to tackle RB for short gain (3:57 2nd), beat TE for no gain run showing very good quickness (7:56 4th). Future prospect 1/26/11. In the 2011 SMU game he was blocked completely out of the play allowing a 27 yd run right through his hole (4:10 1st), good pressure off edge getting past RT but being pushed back by RG who helped out (0:34 1st), got off WR block immediately and crashed in to trip RB Zach Line for 2 yd gain (15:00 2nd), good coverage on TE but still allowed 2 yd catch on 3rd and 1 (14:39 2nd), good pressure blowing through the RB block to hit QB at 3 sec and drag him down a few seconds later with help from teammates (4:14 2nd), and hit Line a few yards shy of first on shovel pass but couldn’t take him down allowing 1st down (9:33 3rd). In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game he sniffed out the draw play early and avoided RG block for tackle on RB Joseph Randle for no gain (5:10 1st), got 6 sec coverage sack that he fell right into as his extremely wide route around LT and RB worked out when QB rolled right into his path (0:11 1st), beat LT Nick Martinez for 4 sec sack on pure speed rush (0:00 2nd). Listed as the #54 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #60 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had a nice TFL on back side of run with RB Knile Davis cutting it back, had great open field tackle on WR Cobi Hamilton on cross over the middle on 4th and long forcing punt-very reliable tackler, great diving PBU on slant showing great ball skills on 4th down to force TO. He isn’t getting as many wow plays due to his new position but he looks like a very good LB who have great versatility as he can play any LB spot in either the 3-4 or 4-3 though SLB in a 4-3 would be where I would prefer. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he showed great speed closing on dump off nearly getting jumping INT on deflected pass. In the 2012 Auburn game he blitzed off the edge getting around RT and dipping his shoulder very low for 4 sec sack, only played a half due to blowout. In the 2012 Louisiana Tech game he had a great play on blitz sensing the 0 route and jumping it getting a PBU at LOS-very rarely seen (5:22 3rd). In the 2012 Oklahoma game (Cotton Bowl) he was offsides, great job taking on red zone superstar Blake Bell at 1 yd line and holding him up for no gain-great strength (7:15 1st), pretended to be in slot and blitzed getting right by LG for sack pulling QB down with one hand (6:00 4th),   He impressed me with his switch to full time LB and looks like a perfect 3-4 ILB or as a SLB in a 4-3. Either spot needs to be in a scheme where they blitz him occasionally as he has an innate ability to rush the passer but lacks the size to do it consistently. Early 3rd round 1/9/13.

Overall: For a guy who watched nearly every game Sean Porter ever played in I sure am having trouble figuring him out. In 2011 he was an OLB in a 3-4 and was very effective at it (9.5 sacks, 17 TFL) yet as an undersized player I wondered if he had the size to be effective there in the NFL. In 2012 the Aggies moved to a 4-3 scheme and smartly moved him to OLB (still an OLB but very different responsibilities in a 4-3 vs. a 3-4) and he was effective for the most part. His sacks and TFL went down (understandable) yet so did his tackles (confusing) and now a player who looked to weigh high 230s or low 240s in 2011, weighed in at the Combine at 229 lbs. That is very light for any LB let alone one who just a year ago was a full time pass rusher and makes me confused at Sean Porter. Was I overrating him from the beginning? Did he cut weight to improve his 40 time? I’m unsure at this point but I do know that he clearly is too small to play any LB position in a 3-4 schem and at 229 lb LB who runs a 4.75 40 is about as unappealing to me as you can get. Due to the massive amount of tape I’ve watched on him I still will give him a mid round grade yet he’s lost a lot of money this offseason due to his Combine measurables and even a person like me who has watched him for 4 years is confused with what to do with him. A 4-3 WLB who should be able to gain 10-15 lbs and play SLB if a team prefers. Late 4th round as my #13 LB 3/11/13.

14. Jelani Jenkins Florida #3 6’0 243 Jr.

Comparison: Sean Spence

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

29

2

5

0

1

0

2011

75

2

6

1

1

1

2010

76

2

4.5

0

1

0

2009

2

0

1

0

0

0

Combine: Solid in backpedal drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6000

243

32.25

 

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: #4 in ESPN 150 for ’09 as a safety. Skipped 2nd grade and graduated HS at 16. Both parents are educators. Seems like a really good kid. Redshirted 2009. They bulked him up and moved him to LB. In the 2011 Tennessee game had a near int of poorly thrown ball in the red zone that could have been a pick 6 (4:31 3rd), great speed on LB blitz sacking QB Tyler Bray who had no chance (2:54 3rd), almost picked as he went out in the flat in zone showing elite speed and cover skills for a LB but poor hands as it was right at him (1:20 3rd). In the 2011 Alabama game he had a great TFL getting to off tackle in flat on other side of field showing his elite speed (9:15 2nd). Listed as the #46 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #83 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 South Carolina game he showed his elite speed closing VERY quickly on QB Connor Shaw’s scramble for 7 yd sack-TFL, PF on hit to head of sliding QB, good strength on no gain gang tackle of RB Marcus Lattimore-good to see as strength is his only question mark, strong no gain tackle avoiding TE block-punt, perfect cov on TE out route going underneath for jumping INT-great speed, great cov, great ball skills-overturned (0:15 2nd). Came in at 200 lbs and is up to 237 4 years later. He missed 3 games due to injury yet even with that explanation his tackle total is atrocious for 2012.

Overall: Of all the early entrants to the 2013 NFL Draft Jelani Jenkins was one of the worst from a decision standpoint. This time last year I had a 2nd round grade on the kid as he was one of the fastest WLBs I’d ever seen, converted safety who kept his speed, and had good numbers as a Soph and Junior. Yet he’s coming off a poor season, the coaching staff was very angry at him for leaving, and there appears to be question marks about how good of a pro he will be as he’s never added the weight (added 10 lbs for the Combine yet it was clearly poor weight since he didn’t work out in any drill-common trick by player agents) or playing strength he’ll need to take on blockers and be an asset against the run. In pass coverage he’s already a dominant player due to his speed yet right now he looks like a cover LB who will need more time to add weight. 2 years ago that was fine but the fact that he continues to have a lack of weight now makes me wonder if he’s working hard enough in the weight room or if he has a frame that can’t naturally hold anymore. If either of those things are true then a team drafting him will have a career cover LB on their hands which makes his value plummet. I still like him as he flashes elite athleticism and pass coverage skills for the LB position yet I no longer love the kid and he’s dropped on my board significantly. 5th round as a player who should never have come out early and as my #14 LB 3/11/13.

15. Zavier Gooden Missouri #25 6’1 ½ 234 Sr.

Comparison: Zach Brown

Senior Bowl: Day 2: Had a pick 6 on deflected pass-quick to ball and easily grabbed it looking fluid. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at WLB, easy INT right to him but showed his elite speed racing downfield  for almost a pick 6 (4:10 2nd), gave small separation to Jack Doyle for +15 yd seam route-good cov, tight cov on dump off for INC to RB, missed tackle in space on dump off to Kenjon Barner.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

61

0

4

0

1

1

2011

80

1

6

0

2

0

2010

84

3

7.5

0

2

0

2009

30

0

2.5

1

0

0

Combine: Ripped upper body. Elite 40-just blew out of gates-best looking 40 at LB. Top 3 in 4 bag drill. Fast and agile in DB drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6014

234

32.25

 

4.47

27

34

1011

4.18

6.71

 

Notes: In the 2011 Arizona St. game he showed good speed to fill hole and make a quick tackle for no gain (3:01 1st), blocked an extra point, good trail of QB on scramble toward sidelines getting a sack before he could throw it away (1:50 4th). In the 2012 Georgia game he showed the speed to cover TEs and even slower WRs down the field, got off OL block to hit ball for FF-not recovered, regularly overruns plays and will need to learn better patience, is tight and has trouble bending which limits him in coverage, getting off blocks, and as a rusher, isn’t a finesse LB and is very willing to get his head in and fill a hole but often gets the worst of it-possibly injury prone down the road,

Overall: Gooden likely will be taken early in this draft as LBs who run a legit 4.4 at the Combine rarely come around. Yet when looking at those players (Zach Brown, Thomas Howard, Dontay Moch) they rarely work out for the teams that draft them. I was very much against Howard and Moch when they came out as neither impressed me on film yet I compare Gooden to Brown who came out last year and impressed me, albeit with some major red flag.s Gooden is tougher than Brown but both will struggle if run against. Also Brown was a much more flexible athlete than Gooden who I question in coverage as his long speed is elite but his change of direction isn’t. As an athlete Gooden is elite yet as a football player he’s only above average AND will have to play a position at WLB in a 4-3 that is easily replaceable. As such I have a mid round grade on him despite the knowledge that he could go as high as the 2nd round. 5th round as my #15 LB 3/13/13.

16. John Simon Ohio Str. #54 6’1 ½ 257 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Destroyed by Johnathan Franklin in 1×1 drill, fell down defending Jack Doyle in 1×1 drill, fought Justin Pugh for edge and ugly win (2.5), battled again but nothing close (-3.5),

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

44

9

14.5

1

0

0

2011

53

7

16

0

0

0

2010

41

3

8.5

0

0

0

2009

16

0.5

4

1

0

0

Combine: Injured so didn’t work out.

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6014

257

33.25

 

4.62

 

34

1001

4.42

7.10

 

Notes: In the ’10 Sugar Bowl vs. Arkansas had a very nice pressure and clean up sack on 3rd and 20 vs. Mallett (3:50 2nd). Is a hulking type of LB who looks more like a DL. In the 2011 Nebraska game had a solid play going unblocked around corner for easy TFL (9:44 2nd). In the 2011 Michigan game he had an okay sack getting cut but moving around it quickly for 5 sec sack that was more about coverage than his rush (0:03 1st), good tackle for 2yds on off tackle run as he stacked and shed the TE then showed speed tracking RB down as he had a step. In the 2012 Wisconsin game he had batted ball at LOS after no rush vs. LT Ricky Wagner, good speed rush for 4 sec sack vs. RT, had no rush vs. Wagner then QB scrambled to his side and he pounced on him quickly-very quick but sack was more a bad read by the QB, later shed Wagner for sack, Urban Meyer calls him the most like Tebow in his commitment to the game/team, later had another sack vs. Wagner on stunt coming from DT spot-his 4th of the night!

Overall: Simon is a player that I think lacks the athleticism, length, and track record to be a full time pass rusher. At 6’1 ½ he’s short for a rusher and with 33 ¼ arms he lacks the length to make up for it. He does have a good burst but it’s diminished by how tight he is body wise and he can’t dip like elite pass rushers do. Due to these issues I don’t see him being a 3-4 OLB of any real talent and have him as a 4-3 ILB or 4-3 SLB. Both positions would allow him to rush occasionally while handling other responsibilities. Urban Meyer said he’s the heart and soul of their team and the most “Tebow like” at Ohio State so whoever takes him will know they’re adding a leader and hard worker as well. He has a good blend of skills and while I think he’s not good enough to be a pass rusher I like him as a LB in another spot. 5th round as my #16 LB 4/3/13.

17. Jonathan Stewart Texas A&M #11 6’3 ¾ 242 Sr.

Stats: Big 12 (’09-’11), SEC (’12)

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

81

2.5

2.5

0

0

0

2011

98

3

5.5

2

0

0

2010

6

0

1

0

0

0

2009

28

0

1

0

0

0

Combine: Impressive 40. Good in 4 bag drill with nice, quick feet.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6036

242

32.63

 

4.68

19

31

910

4.53

7.44

 

Notes: Very tall and thin with a frame that could easily hold another 20 lbs. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU I noticed him as he avoided a TE block showing good instincts and very good speed to catch a WR on a speed option for a short gain (12:47 3rd). In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game had a nice hit on WR screen after 11 yds (9:40 3rd), and personal foul on hit out of bounds on really stupid play that was over awhile ago (8:24 3rd). Personal foul again in the 2011 Arkansas game but this wasn’t his fault and was actually a great hit that jarred the ball loose setting up 3rd and 10 if not for that terrible call (4:10 4th). In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had a strong hit on QB as he was throwing for INC and almost INT-delayed blitz, strong hit on inside run popping RB good.

Overall: Stewart was a player I noticed on film a bit the past 2 years as a hard hitting LB with great size and solid speed. He took his draft prospects to a new level though at the Combine where he showed elite size/speed ratio that was only a step below a Jonathan Bostic type. Going back to the film and numbers substantiate the Combine performance too as he had back to back seasons of +80 tackles and flashed on film regularly in SEC games where NFL talent was prevalent. Having watched him on film I can say that he is by no means a special player yet his size/speed is very impressive and I expect him to be a capable starter. What arguably helps him the most is his frame though as at nearly 6’4 he has the ability to add another 10 lbs and be a +250 lb ILB in a 3-4 scheme or he can stay in the 240s, keep his speed, and be an athletic SLB in a 4-3. Those are two of the more valued LB positions in the NFL so it wouldn’t surprise me if he hears his name called earlier than many expect. 5th round as my #17 LB 3/13/13.

18. Devonte Holloman South Carolina #21 6’1 3/8 243 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

55

2

8

2

4

3

0

2011

51

0

4

0

4

1

0

2010

69

0

2

1

3

2

0

2009

30

0

1

0

2

1

0

Combine: Good hands and quickness in backpedal drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6013

243

32.5

4.76

15

33

905

4.26

7.3

Notes: #19 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 Georgia game he showed good speed on a pursuit play from the backside catching RB Isaiah Crowell on draw play that would have been a first down if not for his great pursuit (3:42 1st). In the 2011 Clemson game he had very good coverage on post route vs. WR DeAndre Hopkins (6:05 4th). In the 2012 Tennessee game he showed drastically inferior speed to TE Mychal Rivera allowing +25 yd gain-looked completely unable to cover him. In the 2012 LSU game he had deflected pass in coverage reading QBs eyes. In the 2012 Florida game he had blitz up middle for easy sack. In the 2012 Michigan game he had tackle and FF in open space vs. scrambling QB-great strip, nice tackle on screen getting off WR block, blitzed off edge avoiding FB block to dive tackle RB for TFL-all over the field in 1st half. He’s all over the field yet his draft grade is difficult as he has S size but played LB all year essentially. His 40 will be huge for his grade. 5th round as of now but he could go much higher or lower depending on measurables 1/19/13.

Overall: Devonte is a unique player as he played a combination of WLB and SS and did it at +240 lbs. That versatility is rare and while I don’t foresee him playing SS in the pros I do think he could play any of the LB positions in a 4-3 and even play ILB in a 3-4 if necessary. His best positions will be either WLB or SLB in a 4-3 though as he will be a very good cover LB and be capable of handling a RB or TE in man coverage. In the end Holloman is a mid round LB with great versatility but without great athleticism and projects as an OLB in a 4-3 that will excel in coverage. 5th round as my #18 LB 4/14/13.

19. AJ Klein Iowa St. #47 6’1 ¼ 250 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

117

1

3.5

0

1

1

2011

117

2

7.5

0

1

1

2010

111

0

8

0

3

2

2009

17

0

0

1

0

0

Combine: A little robotic in hips drill. Fell down 2x in backpedal drill and looked bad before that anyway-twisted ankle on 2nd time falling and by far the worst in the drill. 6th out of 35 LBs in the 40.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6012

250

 

32.88

4.66

20

 

905

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game he was quick to the draw on 3rd and 7 breaking down in space and wrapping up quickly for a 1 yd gain (12:53 1st), showed average speed trying to catch RB on dump off pass getting him after 10 yds, the kid is everywhere getting 3 tackles in the first 5 plays, missed tackle in the hole on juke by RB Joseph Randle allowing first on 3rd and 1, good blitz getting to QB and forcing errant throw for INT, solid tackle on WR screen on WR Justin Blackmon but again looked to have only average speed getting there, tackled RB Jeremy Smith short of 1st on 3rd and 3 showing strength (11:25 2nd), good coverage getting into passing lane to tip ball on quick slant for INC, good run blitz hitting RB at LOS but missing tackle with teammates getting him down anyways. Was clearly the best LB for Iowa St. and looks like a late round MLB or SLB type who at worst is a solid 2 down guy but has just enough speed to maybe hold up in coverage too. 6th round 11/19/11. In the 2012 West Virginia game he showed very good sideline to sideline speed, TFL on blitz up middle on inside run-perfect position, good speed to outside on back to back tackles, beat in flat by WR Tavon Austin on dump off-juked, not fast enough to get to edge on end around by Austin allowing 75 yd TD. 1st team Big 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Tulsa game he was strong on edge for TFL when RB bounced outside, a bit slow to outside allowing 8 yds, juked in open field for YAC by WR, PI on option route vs. RB in middle of field, good hit on crash down from edge on inside run-had to take down 260 lbs RB, great timing on blitz to burst through line and ruin play, clearly their emotional leader, he was regularly blocked and Tulsa ran for +300 yds in the loss. He has good instincts and at 244 lbs he has NFL size yet I question his speed and cover skills. Late rounder that I think is highly overrated. 7th round/FA 1/1/13.

Overall: Klein is a tough grade for me as on one hand he’s a guy I’ve watched the past 3 years and a guy who I’ve never been impressed with. On the other hand he’s a player with 3 seasons of +100 tackles and a guy who ran a 4.66 40 at the Combine which was one of the best out of any LB for this draft. I love productive LBs and I love productive LBs with good size/speed ratios which appears to be what Klein is yet the disconnect between his stats/Combine numbers and his game tape is very wide. On film I see a slow guy who looks like a 2 down LB and someone that will be eaten alive in the passing game. As 250 lbs and with good instincts I always thought he’d be a capable run defender but I had him pegged as a late round guy who will need to be helped by a scheme as he isn’t athletic enough. Am I thinking he’s slow b/c he’s white or is his 4.66 40 simply not actualized in the game? I don’t know and he will be a person I watch down the road so I can grade the next slow LB on tape, fast LB at the Combine better than I am with Klein. Tentatively I’m giving him a late 5th round grade as I can’t put him any higher due to his mediocre tape. Late 5th who has a disconnect between his Combine numbers and his game film and as my #19 LB 3/11/13.

20. Keith Pough Howard #13 6’1 ¾ 239 Sr. MEAC DPOY in 2012. Won Pat Tillman Award at East-West Shrine game. Combine: Ran a 4.87 40. Probably the smoothest side pedal in hips drill. In the East-West Shrine game he had a cheap hit on WR on the ground that hadn’t been touched down, started at MLB and has good movement skills for his size but isn’t fast, got off block for strong hit, people said he ran his mouth non-stop (positive usually), very quick in space bringing down Collin Klein when he cut on him. He really impressed me in this game as he’s big, physical, and agile. He ran a poor 40 and might struggle in coverage but I like him as a late 5th rounder as my #20 LB 4/21/13.

21. Taylor Reed SMU #44 5’11 240 Sr.

Comparison: Buster Davis

Stats: C-USA

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

97

6.5

14.5

1

3

2

2011

101

4

9.5

1

0

0

2010

145

2

4.5

1

0

0

2009

57

1

4.5

2

1

0

Combine: Not invited

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Very instinctive player who laid the wood on some Army players a few times in the ’10  Armed Force Bowl. Led team in tackles in ’10. He is a very short player but I still like him as an NFL prospect as his instincts, quickness, and ability to slip blocks are elite. Had a TFL and FF in 2nd Q (4:46). In the 2011 Texas A&M game had a nice run blitz getting to the RB but didn’t get TFL as OLB already had him (14:17 3rd), and injured his left arm on a play when he was trailing the play (6:05 3rd). In the 2012 Fresno St. game he had perfect cov on seam route yet somehow completed, good speed getting to fumble, TFL on dump off to RB-very good in cov, had INT on crossing route that he took back about 60 yds for TD (2nd pick 6 of season). He won’t be drafted but I still like him as a tough, instinctive MLB with underrated coverage skills. 6th round 12/29/12.

Overall: Reed is a short, sturdy player with elite instincts and production who is being downgraded far too much due to poor height and mediocre competition. Any player who has accumulated 343 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 28.5 TFL, 3 FF, 3 INT, and 2 TDs the past 3 seasons will get my attention and Reed has held my attention as I’ve noticed his instincts, strength (at 5’11 he’s 240 lbs so he’s not a small LB just a short one), and quickness. He lacks great speed but is good in coverage due his quickness and instincts with it showing in 2012 with 3 INTs, 2 of which he returned for TDs. He’s also a fiery competitor who has been a team leader for most of his career. I’m 99% sure he won’t be drafted yet I continue to have a late round grade on him as a player that the NFL is overlooking solely due to height. 6th round as my #21 LB 3/11/13.

22. Cameron Lawrence Mississippi St. #10 6’2 1/8 239 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

120

4

10

2

2

0

2011

123

2

6

1

2

0

2010

34

1

2.5

1

0

0

2009

14

0

0

0

0

0

Pro Day: Not invited to Combine. His vertical jump would have placed last among the 35 LBs at the Combine and his reps and shuttle would have put him near the bottom as well.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6021

239

 

 

4.77

19

28.5

902

4.51

7.07

 

Notes: Had a career high 14 tackles in loss to Auburn in 2011. In the 2011 LSU game had good instincts in coverage dropping off his man to get the new man in his zone on a shallow cross-was pass int as he came slightly early on pbu of TE DeAngelo Peterson but not called (5:50 1st), very good job filling the hole hitting RB Spencer Ware hard for TFL (12:44 2nd), missed tackle on WR in open field allowing a few more yards and the first as he was going to fast to get there to turn and slipped (2:35 2nd). In the 2012 Texas A&M game he had a great burst on blitz from outside diving and tripping up QB Johnny Manziel for sack-very good in kill zone as Manziel juked him and most don’t make that play, big hit on Manziel at goal line for FF saving TD. In the 2012 Alabama game he avoided LG Chance Warmack’s 2nd level block for 5 yd tackle, good blitz getting into passing lane off edge for batted ball. n the 2012 Arkansas game he had strong tackle on WR in open space making a cut. In the 2012 Louisiana Tech game he was 6-6 on 3rd downs regularly making a great run or throw on that down, on goal line FB by RB he chased down a LB and stripped him from behind then it bounced into another LBs hands and he tackled him-play whistled dead but still amusing and amazing as he is so freaking athletic! Later he had a 73 yd run on 3rd and 23 for a TD to seal the win. 2nd team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Northwestern game he was quiet.  

Overall: Cam is an instinctive, productive player who is similar to Michael Clay from Oregon except he’s a little slower but a little bigger. This additional size is helpful to his cause as he could play any of the 3 LB spots in a 4-3 and at worst would be a capable backup. Going into the offseason I had a 5th round grade on him but his pro day numbers were very poor and the fact he wasn’t even invited to the Combine will hurt his cause as well. Lawrence definitely has his worts but as an instinctive, productive player from the SEC I suspect he’ll carve a niche out as a quality backup or average starter. 6th round as my #22 LB 3/13/13.

23. Travis Johnson San Jose St. #43 6’3 244 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Late add for Day 4: Beat Nick Kasa with very quick move inside after one step upfield in rush drill, barely couldn’t get edge vs. Eric Fisher who then pancaked him-definitely too small to be full time DE (-3), beat to sideline by Johnathan Franklin on dump off in 11×11. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he backed up at SLB, very quick in backpedal-surprised me how fluid he was, very quick covering up Michael Williams on short out, missed tackle on Mike James in flat on dump off, got him down but slightly missed tackle again on similar play, slipped TE block, got Mike Gillislee down in space in flat, out of position on reverse to his side for 7 yds.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

65

13

21.5

3

0

0

2011

73

9.5

15.5

0

0

0

2010

62

7.5

9.5

0

0

0

2009

19

2

2.5

1

0

0

Combine: Not invited

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: 1st team WAC in 2012. WAC DPOY in 2012. Looks like a LB more than a DE (3-4 OLB?). In the 2012 Bowling Green game he impressed me with his run stuffing getting 2 TFL on crashes down line on inside run and shooting inside to force run outside for TFL by teammate, I don’t seen any great athleticism or burst making me think 3-4 ILB might be actually his best fit, used club move to get inside rush lane on RT-surprising strength for his size, got edge on LT with swim move then showed good bend to get to QB for sack and FF-TO in closing minutes. He lacks the burst to be a 3-4 OLB but I really was impressed with his hustle, flexibility, strength, and productivity making me think SLB in a 4-3 or ILB in a 3-4 is a possibility. Late round or free agent conversion but one who intrigues me 12/28/12. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at DE, no rush 2x vs. Nick Speller on speed rushes, pancaked on down block, good strength pushing TJ Johnson into QB on stunt, impressive quickness getting short gain tackle on QB after going inside on read option, pancaked by Terron Armstead quickly in pass pro-called for hold?, pancaked again by Armstead early in pass pro. He clearly isn’t a pass rusher but I already knew that and still want to see him as a true LB 2/20/13.

Overall: Travis is a highly productive edge rusher who lacks the measurables to stay at that spot in the NFL yet who looks to be a good candidate to convert to LB. At the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine game it was obvious that the player who 37 TFL the past two seasons lacked the size and athleticism to be an edge pass rusher at the next level. Yet at the Senior Bowl he largely accepted that and spent much of the week at LB and I saw a player who looked very comfortable as a SLB over the TE. He showed quickness in his backpedal, strength at the point of attack, and impressive agility for a former defensive lineman which makes me give him a late round grade as a conversion project. I think he’d be great as an ILB in a 3-4 or as a SLB in a 4-3 who is occasionally blitzed yet who mainly handles the standard LB chores. A player with his productivity and his motor can’t be tossed aside due to a few poor measurables and as a conversion project he makes a lot of sense. Late 6th round as my #23 LB 3/6/13.

24. John Lotulelei UNLV 5’11 3/8 233 Sr. Ran a 4.65 40 with a 10’6 broad jump. Not related to Star Lotulelei. Is an undersized LB that will need to play WLB in a 4-3. He has good athleticism though so he should be able to pull it off and was very productive in 2012 (+100 tackles). He’s a big hitter that will be a great special teamer and could develop into a starter down the road. Due to his lack of scheme diversity though he settles out as a late 6th rounder as my #24 LB 4/22/13.

25. Trevardo Williams Connecticut #48 6’1 ¼ 241 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: No separation vs. Robbie Rouse on out and up for INC.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

42

11.5

13.5

1

0

0

2011

43

12.5

15

2

0

0

2010

29

4.5

9.5

2

0

0

2009

19

2

2.5

0

0

0

Combine: Absolutely ripped in his upper body-no room for more weight. 1.61 10 yd split. Had 38 inch vertical which was 1st among DL and had fastest 40 yet both are cheap as he’s clearly a LB not a DL.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6012

241

32.25

 

4.57

25

38

1004

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2012 Syracuse game he lined up at DE against LT Justin Pugh regularly, solid speed on rush for pressure on WR throw-nothing special though, was dominated all game going against Pugh and doesn’t appear to have any pass rush skill at NFL, pushed back by Pugh 7 yds through the whistle on run play.

Overall: Trevardo is a player that lacks the size or length to be a pass rusher and has no experience as a LB. At 6’1 ¼ he’s short and with 32 ¼ arms he lacks the length to overcome it. Also he’s ripped in his upper body and doesn’t appear to have the ability to add any further weight to his 241 lb frame. It all adds up to a guy that needs to switch positions but early signs point to a problem. At the Senior Bowl he was invisible as a LB and didn’t look natural at the position. His athleticism is elite with a 4.57 40, ’38 vertical, and 10’4 broad all ranking near the top for a LB so he deserves a chance to switch positions and time to acclimate but I have my doubts he ever suceeeds at LB. Late round project with elite athleticism who I am betting against. Early 7th round as my #25 LB 4/3/13.

26. Jake Knott Iowa St. #20 6’2 243 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

79

0.5

6

2

2

0

2011

114

0

4

3

2

0

2010

130

1

6

4

4

0

2009

23

0

2

0

0

0

Combine: Didn’t work out due to injury.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6020

243

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Finished 2nd in Big 12 with 130 tackles in his first year as a starter in ’10. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game I noticed a little poor man’s Sean Lee in him as he has similar dimensions and solid speed. Didn’t look to be that strong of a player though and might fit best as a late round cover LB, tackle on back to back plays in coverage showing good but not great speed, tackled RB Jeremy Smith after 10 yd dump off and showed inferior strength getting the worst of it, very good drop in coverage 15 yds downfield and almost tipped ball on post, good job getting through mess to make hit on RB in hole for no gain, strong tackle on WR on short pass forcing punt, great coverage on slant by Blackmon getting pbu with tipped ball being INT by teammate to win game in double OT! (2 OT). He still looks to me like a late round LB who initially will be a cover LB and special teamer who maybe can gain some strength to become a full down LB. He does remind me of Lee but isn’t nearly as strong, instinctual, aggressive, or as reliable of a tackler so if he’s Lee then he is a very watered down version. 7th round 11/19/11. 1st team Big 12 in 2012. He had season ending shoulder surgery and missed the final 3 regular season games.

Overall: Knott has decent size, good speed, and elite production so he has an outside shot at being drafted. I’ve considered him a late round guy for the past 2 years so his season ending surgery, that also caused him to not be able to work out at the Combine, was a devastating blow. Still though he should be fully healthy by training camp and because of that I suspect he is signed as an undrafted free agent and makes a squad. He’s been compared to teammate AJ Klein his entire career yet for awhile I liked Knott more as he looked faster on film and a good fit as a 3 down LB down the road. I still could see that occurring though his injury makes it a decent possibility that he’s never heard from again either. 7th round as my #26 LB 3/13/13.

27. Steve Beauharnais Rutgers #42 6’0 7/8 240 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Tight cov PBU vs. Nick Kasa. Day 2: No rush vs. Johnathan Franklin in pass rush drill, no rush vs. Kenjon Barner. Day 4: Tight cov vs. Kyle Juszcyk on out yet still complete. In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he backed up MLB, got off C block to get assist tackle, couldn’t come up with deflected pass that hit him in one hand, solid getting off OL block to string run outside and ruin it, pushed back by C allowing TD up middle to end the game.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

82

1

6

0

1

0

2011

75

5

15

1

3

0

2010

79

1.5

6

1

0

0

2009

36

5

7

1

0

0

Combine: Looked terrible trying to catch ball in DB drill. All over the place in backpedal drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6007

240

32.75

 

4.84

19

33

910

4.2

11.95

 

Notes: Has an NFL LB type look to him. In the 2011 Cincinnati game he had a very nice TFL shooting through hole on run left with pulling OGs in front to hit the RB on the hip and flip him over hard (14:27 2nd), great job blitzing QB run play force him out of bounds for a loss. 2nd team Big East in 2012. Was the team defensive MVP per the team’s votes edging out All American teammate Khaseem Greene. In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he was invisible. 

Overall: Steve has a nice blend of size, strength, and speed to go along with good productivity. He never wowed me on tape and often times was hard to find which makes his ceiling that of an average starter but he could play any spot in a 4-3 or ILB in a 3-4 and should have a decent career as a rotational LB. 7th round as my #27 LB 4/3/13.

28. Michael Clay Oregon #46 5’11 222 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

101

3

10

1

0

0

2011

102

3

8.5

2

2

1

2010

42

0

0.5

0

1

0

2009

32

1

2

0

0

0

Combine: Not invited

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 LSU game had a great hit on WR Jarvis Landry over the middle (13:42 1st). In the 2011 UCLA game (Pac-12 Championship) he had a blitz off right side from MLB spot hitting QB unseen for sack and FF that UCLA recovered (11:00 4th). Called the glue of this defense and is a big time film watcher. In the 2012 Stanford game he missed QB on delayed blitz in kill zone allowing 3 yd TD, had big hit on QB on delayed blitz-INC, missed tackle on RB Stepfan Taylor at LOS allowing 7yd YAC. 2nd team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Kansas St. game (Fiesta Bowl) he had nice rush starting slow to setup blocks and then raced around untouched for 4 sec sack, strong hit on shallow cross for 3 yds.

Overall: An instinctive, undersized MLB who will have to move outside to WLB in a 4-3. The position switch, his lack of elite athleticism, and his very poor size make him a fringe prospect yet his production the past 2 years is elite and I could see him developing into an average starter, albeit at the least valuable position in the NFL (WLB in a 4-3). 7th round as my #28 LB 3/12/13.

29. Brandon Magee Arizona St. #8 5’11 223

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

114

6.5

12.5

1

2

1

2011

RS

 

 

 

 

 

2010

73

1.5

5

0

0

0

2009

34

2

7

0

1

0

2008

11

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Very quick and good bend in hips drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5110

223

28.75

 

4.74

 

 

906

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2012 Colorado game he talked pregame about pitching a shutout which infuriated Colorado, he had a nice sack on blitz up middle throwing down QB, nice delayed blitz up middle again for sack, nice immediate tackle on RB dump off-fast in coverage. In the 2012 Arizona game he was juked bad in hole by RB Ka’Deem Carey on spin move for +15 YAC, incredibly stupid PF on late hit on QB-late and at head negating INT, drafted as a CF in baseball. In the 2012 Oregon game he had a big hit on RB on inside run, nice trailing sack up the middle getting to scrambling QB. 1st team Pac-12 in 2012. In the 2012 Navy game he had a good play pushing WR going into route and then sniffing out screen to RB for short gain tackle, hurt arm early in 3rd Q and didn’t return.

Overall: Brandon, who from now on should be called T-Rex b/c of his laughably short arms (no other LB had arms shorter than ’31 except Brandon who had ’28), had an atrocious Combine. At 5’11 223 he’s small even for a WLB in a 4-3 and with his short arms and poor speed (4.74) he has some of the worst measurables I’ve ever seen for a LB prospect. Yet measurables are only one part of my grading scale and he aces the other two portions (productivity and game film) so somehow he still ends with a draftable grade. This former centerfielder in baseball is an underrated athlete who flashed on film regularly in 2012 while making 1st team Pac-12. He was a downhill LB who regularly made big hits, talked trash, and collected sacks and TFL. Despite his poor size I think the best place to play him would be at MLB in a 4-3 though I think he has just enough speed to handle WLB as well. After the Combine performance he had I doubt he gets drafted but I will still leave him as a late round grade due to his instincts, hard hitting, and elite productivity across the board (6.5 sacks is rare for a LB). 7th round as my #29 LB 3/13/13.

30. Alex Elkins Oklahoma St. #37 6’3 230 Sr.

Comparison: JK Schaeffer

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

75

2

5

1

0

0

2011

90

1

5

1

1

0

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: Not invited

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Rugby player who never played football until he moved to Blinn Junior College. JUCO transfer. In the 2011 Oklahoma game he showed inferior speed to RB Roy Finch out of backfield allowing 10 yds on quick slant but caught him to force punt, great blitz up the middle for sack and FF that was returned to the 2 yd line setting up the TD to start the blowout (4:45 2nd). In the 2011 Arizona game had a nice tackle in space on the RB showing very nice speed and strength as he was pretty physical on the tackle (10:17 1st), good hit on RB out in the flat hitting him right after the ball arrived (8:50 2nd), big hit on RB being tackled by teammate (14:30 3rd), terrible accident occurred with teammate tackling someone into his leg and it being bent back the wrong way in horrific fashion-possible season ender (11:30 3rd), and came back into the game for the 4th quarter shocking me as I thought it was a very serious injury. In the 2012 West Virginia game he was invisible except for PF on KR for after the whistle stuff. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he had a big hit on blitz off edge. In the 2012 Purdue game he had strong 1 yd tackle on FB.

Overall: Alex is a player that burst onto the scene early in 2011 and looked like a potential mid round LB yet eventually plateued as a late rounder. The biggest issue with him is his size which likely will force him to play WLB in a 4-3, though SLB in a 4-3 is a possibility. He has NFL athleticism so if a team feels he can hold up against the run he could be drafted yet more than likely he’s an undrafted free agent for some team, especially considering he barely gets a draftable grade by me despite watching him regularly for 2 years. 7th round as my #30 LB 3/13/13.

31. Nick Moody Florida St. 6’1 236 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

20

1

1.5

0

1

0

0

2011

23

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

79

0.5

4

1

2

1

1

2009

33

0.5

0.5

0

1

0

0

Combine: Fell in hips drill.  

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6010

236

 

4.68

 

33

905

 

 

Notes: Noticed him numerous times in the ’10 Chick Fila Bowl vs South Carolina as he had some big time hits with his biggest being against a RB that was caught by the legs giving him a free target (6:50 3rd). In the 2012 Florida game he had strong tackle on hitch in open field forcing 4th and inches, fast on naked bootleg blitz forcing INC and hit on QB, short tackle in open space vs. WR. In the 2012 Northern Illinois game he almost had a one handed INT when short out overthrown, good speed getting past inside OL block and dive tackling QB for sack (4:45 4th).  He looks like a future 4-3 WLB who has good speed and better strength than most WLB prospects. 5th-6th round who only isn’t higher b/c he was surrounded with talent AND his frame makes him position bound 1/2/13.

Overall: Moody was a player that flashed on film quite regularly in the games I scouted but his overall stats and pro day measurables were so pedestrian that in the end he barely gets a draftable grade. At 6’1 236 he might have enough size to play other spots in a 4-3 but WLB appears to be his best bet. He has great strength for a WLB and inferior speed compared to most so he doesn’t necessarily fit the profile perfectly. He profiles as a late round type due to poor stats but in certain games his film was very impressive and the case can be made that he’s a sleeper. 7th round as my #31 LB 4/3/13.

 

Free Agent

Kenny TateMaryland #6 6’4 230 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

42

4

6.5

1

0

0

2011

35

0

1.5

1

2

0

2010

100

3.5

8.5

4

3

1

2009

47

1.5

3.5

0

1

0

2008

15

0

0

0

1

0

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Had an amazing year in ’10 statistically with 94 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 3 ints in the regular season. An extremely tall and thin player who really doesn’t look like an NFL football player. Does have the frame to fill out and if he gained 15 lbs he could be a scary looking WLB. In the ’10 Military Bowl vs. East Carolina had a fumble recovery without much effort (0:44 1st), had a nice speed rush resulting in a QB hurry (8:00 2nd), had a very good pbu and almost int(1:52 4th). I am intrigued by his height, speed, and size but just don’t think it is the right combination for SS and he would be better to bulk up and move to WLB in a 4-3 scheme. He has 1 more year but right now I only rate him as a project 7th rounder 1/4/11. Moved from safety to LB as a senior. His new coach says he is the smartest defensive player he has ever been around. In the 2011 Miami game he missed tackle on RB out of backfield on pass (12:00 2nd), pretty solid swim move on LT that was negated by RB block but it was interesting that they lined him up at DE (11:20 2nd), good outside rush on TE hitting QB just after he threw it (12:33 3rd). I like that they moved him to LB where he needs to be in the NFL. I also like how he is bulking up but I still don’t see the 2nd/3rd round grade that many have for him as he is to me still a late round pick 9/8/11. 6th round 1/21/12. Only played in 4 games in 2011 and 9 games in 2012-never at 100%.

Overall: Every year a tall, slow SS is graded by me and I just wonder why a college team didn’t bulk him up and move him to WLB. Well in Kenny Tate’s case it actually happened and unfortunately it didn’t work out well. Considered an early to mid round pick after his elite 2010 season where he was all over the field (the rare player with +3 sacks, forced fumbles, and INTs in the same season) he has since battled injuries. The way his career ended causes me to not give him a draftable grade but I’d be very interested in him as a free agent as his height, speed, and weight are perfectly suited for a 4-3 WLB spot in the NFL and in 2010 he had an all around season similar to Khaseem Greene’s 2011 and 2012 seasons. Sadly he’ll probably never be heard from again as injuries appear to have taken their toll but if he ever gets healthy he could be a steal. Free Agent 3/13/13.

Tanner Brock TCU #35 Sr. 1st team Mountain West in 2010. Extremely feisty, chippy, dirty type player. In the ’10 Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin had a nice shed against OG John Moffitt but missed tackle on Monte Ball (12:33 1st), avoided Gabe Carimi’s block for short gain gang tackle (6:09 1st), showed great speed on a blitz with a big hit on John Tolzien forcing a throw (6:21 2nd), great speed again on situational blitz with hit forcing a poor throw (1:58 3rd), got into it with John Moffitt with a shady push after the whistle (4:40 4th), and a very shady and blatant face mask on Gabe Carimi (2:49 4th). Is a feisty, quick, tough LB who I think should be a solid starter in the NFL someday. I would already rate him as a 5th rounder who could easily improve that great in the next two years 1/22/11. He was kicked off the team after a drug sting showed he was actively selling large amounts of marijuana from his dorm room, he roomed with QB Casey Pachal. He drops to a free agent grade but if a team is comfortable with his off the field issues he could be a sleeper 2/13/13.

Lerentee McCrayFlorida #34 6’2 250 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

25

3

4.5

1

1

0

2011

24

1.5

7.5

1

0

0

2010

6

0

0.5

0

0

0

2009

5

0

0

0

0

0

2008

5

0

0

0

0

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6020

250

33.38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Tennessee game had great coverage on the TE on pbu of well thrown ball on short out (8:01 1st), and lined up at DE and blew by Ja’Wuan James for a hit and tipped ball on near sack (5:41 4th). In the 2011 LSU game he showed elite speed at OLB coming up to get TFL on QB keeper (Jordan Jefferson) read option before he could even get around corner (9:45 3rd). In the 2012 Tennessee game he had nice INT on shallow cross-thrown right too him, beat TE Mychal Rivera on rush for hit on QB as he threw for INT. In the 2012 Louisville game (Sugar Bowl) he showed very good strength blowing RT back with first push and then getting him back further to disengage for sack (6:52 2nd).

Overall: McCray flashed on film numerous times the past 2 seasons and has NFL size and athleticism. Yet he barely misses out on a draftable grade due to his very poor statistics as he never had more than 25 tackles or 3 sacks in a season. As a Free Agent I’m intrigued but he’s not worth a draft pick with that low of production. Free Agent 3/13/13.

Tom Wort OU #21 6’0 235 Jr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

53

2

5.5

2

0

0

2011

71

3.5

4.5

0

2

0

2010

66

4.5

7.5

0

0

0

Combine: Terrible in 4 bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6000

235

31

 

4.78

21

31.5

903

4.51

7.41

 

Notes: Grew up in the UK. In the ’10 Fiesta Bowl vs. UConn he had two very good hits on back to back plays on an inside run (1:15 3rd) and a pass over the middle (0:36 3rd). Ranked #85 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game he had PF as he hit the QB just after he threw it but then drove him into the ground. In the 2011 Texas game he had a great TFL getting quickly to edge on toss left, getting off FB block then pushing back pulling OG to get to RB, good speed closing quickly on QB after he started scramble tackling him for only 3 yd gain, injured on simple inside QB scramble getting helped off field. In the 2011 Florida St. game he hit TE but didn’t wrap up allowing 1st on 3rd and 4, good spin move off DE spot getting rush vs. QB and eventual hustle sack (3:10 1st), hit WR over the middle on 20 yd would be TD but knocked WR unconscious and was pbu (13:50 1st), great play on blitz jumping up to tip the ball to himself for INT in red zone (12:40 2nd), easy TFL going unblocked up the middle on inside run?, great burst on delayed blitz seeing QB rolling left and hitting him hard for sack (10:22 4th). In the 2012 Texas game he had FF on RB Johnathan Gray-overturned but would have been HUGE play. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he had good speed on outside run by RB Cierre Wood for TFL in flat. In the 2012 Oklahoma St. game he was ery quiet but had delayed blitz sack in 4th Q to ruin a drive. Surprisingly left school early for the 2013 NFL Draft. Was very upset when the OU DC left and he never quite fit the Mike Stoops scheme in 2012.

Overall: Wort is tied with Jelani Jenkins for having made the worst decision of any LB in leaving early for the 2013 NFL Draft. In 2012 he struggled with OU’s new defensive scheme, vented at times about it, and came off looking like an immature player with mediocre talent. He followed that up with a poor Combine performance where he looked short, small, slow, and worst of all very tight. I don’t see this kid holding up in coverage and he lacks the size and hitting ability to warrant a draft pick solely as a run stuffer. In the end Wort screwed himself by leaving early and looking like a hot head and I doubt he’s drafted. Free Agent 3/13/13.

Nico JohnsonAlabama #35 6’2 248 Sr.

Senior Bowl: In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at MLB, easy tackle on short dump off, he didn’t impress in any way and looks like a career backup at best.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

INT

TD

2012

55

0

2

2

0

0

2011

46

1

6.5

1

1

0

2010

33

0

3.5

0

1

0

2009

28

1

4.5

1

0

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6020

248

33.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Penn St. game stopped the run beautifully stacking and shedding the FB to hit RB Silas Redd for 3 yd gain in the hole (13;04 3rd). #20 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2012 Michigan game he was talked about as lacking versatility as he goes out on nickel and dime situations, he had late hit on Robinson on rush up middle for PF. In the 2012 Arkansas game he got away with a horse collar when combining on a TFL on an outside run. In the 2012 LSU game he allowed RB Spencer Ware to go inside on option route and showed inferior speed trying to catch him-poor technique and poor speed.

Overall: Nico was a very highly rated recruit out of HS who was the rarity that neither became a top level player under Nick Saban nor was forced out the door as a transfer. He became just a hard nosed run stuffer who was subbed out on passing downs. His future in the NFL is as a 2 down ILB in a 3-4 and I don’t see him being able to play any other scheme. It’s often a difficult position to replace due to the size requirements of a LB to play it so I could see him being taken late by a Ravens, Steelers, or 49ers type team but otherwise I expect him to go undrafted. He’s not my favorite type of player and he didn’t impress me on film so he’s a free agent in my book but one with value for 3-4 teams. Free Agent 3/13/13.

Mike Taylor Wiscon #53 Sr. In the 2011 Nebraska game had a big int in zone that was thrown right too him by QB Taylor Martinez (4:52 2nd), big hit +20 yds downfield on WR at the end of the play. In the 2012 Ohio St. game he had a good tackle on 3rd and short vs. QB Braxton Miller forcing punt, good penetration forcing Miller very wide and letting teammate get TFL, had good cov reading QB’s eyes and almost getting INT-was PBU but more like dropped INT on cross route. In the 2012 Minnesota game I noticed superior speed to teammate Chris Borland, good speed for TFL on QB keeper on zone read. 2nd team Big 10 in 2012. In the 2012 Stanford game (Rose Bowl) he had big hit along sideline on QB scramble. Free Agent 4/14/13.

Etienne Sabino Ohio State 6’2 240 Sr. Missed 2010 due to an injury. In the 2011 Nebraska game he got juked by RB Rex Burkhead on 3rd and 5 allowing first plus a few (11:42 2nd), big hit on Burkhead coming from the side to hit him just past the hole (2:35 4th). In the 2011 Florida game (bowl game) he had 2 absolutely huge hits the second being at the 1 yd line when it looked like the RB had a walk in TD and he just leveled him-technically was an illegal head shot (14:40 4th). Combine: Hurt his hamstring on 1st 40. Had 30 reps, a ’34 vertical, and a 4.28 shuttle all of which were very good for his size. In the 2012 MichiganState game he showed solid athleticism yet didn’t do too much and his stats aren’t impressive. Free Agent 4/22/13.

Josh Francis West Virginia #4 6’1 221 Sr. In the 2012 Iowa St. game he lined up at DE and had rush on RT battling to get inside him for 4.5 sec sack-good strength, extremely dumb play getting PF after a strong tackle on QB scramble-grabbed his facemask and yanked it up while talking smack to the QB. In the 2012 Kansas St. game he had penetration on run but barely missed TFL, great speed not letting QB Collin Klein get edge forcing 1 yd loss. In the 2012 Oklahoma St. game he had diving attempt at TFL-missed but held him up long enough for teammates to finish him off, strong trailing dive tackle on dump off pass-loves to talk shit after plays. 2nd team Big 12 in 2012.

 

Camp invite

Ronnie Wingo #20 In the 2011 Texas A&M game made blitzing CB miss tackle in backfield for 3 yds (14:40 1st), hit in backfield up high but spun off for a yard instead of -3 (11:45 1st), made CB Terrence Frederick miss tackle in space going for 2 yds instead of -2 seeing a pattern? (6:35 1st), good 12 yd RB screen showing a burst (9:11 3rd), great catch and run on dump off pass going 14 yds for diving TD at the pylon (7:40 3rd). Camp invite 4/22/13.

Julian Burnett Georgia Tech 5’10 220 Sr. LB Played little in September yet learned the 3-4 scheme and became a stud with 4 double digit tackle games near the end of the year. Ended ’10 with 76 tackles, 2 FF, 1 int, and 1 fumble recovery. Didn’t notice him once against Air Force in the ’10 Independence Bowl. Camp invite 4/22/13.

Stephen Jenkins Texas A&M In the 2012 Auburn game he flew to the ball on back to back tackles in 1st Q that intrigued me, outstanding sack on blitz getting hit low by RB but staying on his feet to dive for QB-great aggressiveness and speed (0:55 1st), only played a half due to blowout. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had a blitz up the middle getting to QB for INC as he was throwing-very fast and a top level blitzer, half second from sack, huge hit on QB on 3rd and 2 run FF-they recovered but still forced punt, went for hit on WR and didn’t wrap up allowing +40 yd catch and run. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had a nice TFL hitting RB in backfield at handoff on 3rd and 1 forcing punt.

Kenny Cain TCU #51 Sr. In the 2012 Virginia game he had an easy INT on tipped ball with it being caught almost like a punt, I noticed him a few times on inside run tackles as he has good strength and can play in the phone booth, great play cutting out route by RB for INT returning it +35 yds-doesn’t have good speed but great instincts and good hands (7:30 3rd).

Will Compton Nebraska #51 Sr. In the 2011 Ohio St. game had a very nice trail getting off OL block on off tackle left (he is OLB on other side) and showed great speed to track RB down for 5 yds-NFL play (7:46 2nd), hit hard by FB yet still bounced off to hit RB short of first on 3rd and 1 for a big stop (7:21 2nd), appears to have good film study as he moved an OLB closer to his side knowing the play and went right to hole to tackle RB for no gain (12:42 3rd), injured in 3rd Q but stayed in game, perfect coverage on RB on out forcing a back shoulder throw that was inc (4:20 4th).

Sean Fisher Nebraska #42 Sr. In the 2011 Wisconsin game he fell down trying to tackle QB Russell Wilson in space looking bad (4:04 1st), looked bad trying to tackle RB Montee Ball in space on off tackle run. In the 2011 Ohio St. game he missed an easy tackle in his hole allowing 3 yd run (9:10 3rd), nice perseverance on TE cut block getting half up to lunge tackle RB for TFL (4:58 3rd).

Phillip Steward Houston #42 6’2 225 Sr. Looks like a safety not a LB. Had 4 INTS in 2011. In the 2011 Southern Miss game (CUSA Championship) he looked quick in coverage following shallow cross and making a sure tackle a few yards short of first forcing punt, great break on ball but let INT fall right off his hands-could have been pick 6, another quick tackle on WR cross, great INT winning jump ball over WR on deflected ball and racing down 20 yds to the 1 yd line (7:10 3rd).

Dan MollsToledo #32 6’1 230 Sr. Leading tackler in the nation going into the bowl game. In the 2012 Utah St. game he was hurt on the opening kickoff (looked like a concussion as a blow to the head) and he couldn’t return.

Dontavis SappTennessee #41 Sr. In the 2012 North Carolina St. game he had a free run at QB on blitz and leveled him as he threw for INC. In the 2012 South Carolina game he was beat easily for 25 yd seam route by TE Rory Anderson.

 

Undraftable

Kyle Mangan Texas A&M #18 Sr. Backed up Michael Hodges in ’10 and really struggled in the ’10 Cotton Bowl when he was forced into action due to Hodges injury.

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