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Quick Hit Profiles: LB

We continue with our quick hit profiles. Today is LBs.

EMMANUEL ACHO, ILB/OLB, TEXAS

Brother of Cardinals linebacker Sam Acho. Not the best athlete, but hardworking and can play all over.

NIGEL BRADHAM, OLB, FLORIDA STATE

Super athletic, great size and is explosive. Bad instincts and awareness. His awareness issues limit him to special teams in the pros, most likely.

MILES BURRIS, ILB/OLB, SAN DIEGO STATE

Strong, plays hard and has good pass rush skill. Could play all over.

TANK CARDER, ILB/OLB, TCU

Athletic and good hitter. Not the best tackler. More of a special teamer.

AUDIE COLE,ILB/OLB, NC STATE

Great size, over 6-4. Smart. Can get after the passer. Not the best in coverage. Versatile and can backup multiple positions.

DEMARIO DAVIS, OLB, ARKANSAS STATE

Tore up the combine. Fast, strong and explosive.Faced a lower level of competition and is not good in coverage. Special teamer only, for now. Developmental.

JERRY FRANKLIN, MLB, ARKANSAS

Smart and productive, but not strong or fast. Backup at best

NAJEE GOODE, ILB/OLB, WEST VIRGINIA

We have a draft crush on him.

Najee Goode is not a special talent, but he has experience at all three linebacker spots. He plays fast. Can cover tight ends. Good tackler. He’s a bit small, at only 6 feet, but is a special teams star in the making and a valuable, versatile pick. As a sixth round pick, may not have the impact of Jaicquan Williams, but is going to be an awesome backup.

JOSH KADDU, OLB, OREGON

Good size, and athletic. Needs to bulk up. Can rush the passer. Needs development.

MYCHAL KENDRICKS, ILB/OLB, CALIFORNIA

Small, but athletic and strong linebacker who has been flying up draft boards. Might not be available at 63.

RONNELL LEWIS, DE/OLB, OKLAHOMA

Strong and athletic and hits hard. A bit small and might not be able to stay at DE, although he could in nickel situations. Similar in many ways to Mathias Kiwanuka.

TRAVIS LEWIS, ILB/OLB, OKLAHOMA

Athletic and productive, but character issues will slide him down.

BRANDON LINDSEY, DE/OLB,PITTSBURGH

Another tweener, Too small to play DE regularly. Would be a work in progress at LB.

SHAWN LOISEAU, MERRIMACK, ILB

Fiery, hard hitting special teamer only. Faces huge jump in competition.

TERRELL MANNING, OLB, NC STATE

Can pass rush and cover, but plays out of control and needs to bulk up.

SHEA McCLELLIN, DE/OLB, BOISE STATE

McClellin draws comparisons to Clay Matthews, and is climbing up draft boards. Can fit as a DE in a 43, or as a 34 OLB. Try hard pass rusher. Was mentioned as a possibility for the Giants by SI’s Peter King. From Greg Cosell:

* Shea McClellin: He played both with his hand on the ground at DE, and standing up at LB in Boise State’s defense. What I liked immediately was his lateral agility and quickness. He showed the ability to get low and bend the edge as a pass rusher. He also had an instinctive feel as an inside rusher for getting skinny and getting through small cracks. He shed blocks and made plays in the run game. He was a smooth change-of-direction athlete with excellent balance and body control. My sense is he will get better in the NFL with a chance to be a dynamic edge pass rusher. He’s not as purely explosive as Clay Matthews, but I see some similarities as McClellin matures and develops.

BRETT ROY, DE/DT/OLB, NEVADA

Roy played DT in college, but might be too small for that in the pros. Gives 110% and has Dave Tollefson qualities to him.

DANNY TREVATHAN, OLB, KENTUCKY

Extremely productive, but undersized and needs to bulk up. Special teams potential.

COURTNEY UPSHAW, DE/OLB, ALABAMA

MVP of National Championship game. Strong pass rusher. Big question is if he’s better suited to be a 43 end or a 34 linebacker. Either way, has star potential and can be used in a number of ways.

OLIVIER VERNON, DE/OLB, MIAMI (FL)

College DE who might need to turn to linebacker. Has pass rush potential.

 

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5 Responses to “Quick Hit Profiles: LB”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    I still cannot figure out how Nigel Bradham got this bad awareness rap, you have to watch highlights of this kid. He’s a monster, big hitter always around the ball, covers well, had a really good senior bowl game.

    I hope this kid proves everybody wrong and is perennial pro bowler. I don’t think he’s as good as Patrick Willis but he’s close. Willis had better sideline to sideline movement but people that scout college players must first look at the scheme of the defense and what the coaches teach the players, also what they ask the players to do.

    Bradham is a yet untapped fountain, I don’t think he will take very long to get the NFL game down and playing at a high level for whomever drafts him. And I truly hope it’s the Giants.

    Special teams only…………..

    Jeremy you have to watch some film of this kid!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jeremy Fuchs says:

        I watched it. There are a lot of things to like. Plus athleticism. Goes all out on every play. He consistently got taken on by blockers, sometimes blindsided. I think that’s where the awareness rap comes from. WAtched the oklahoma clip and you saw three or 4 times, get crushed by backside blockers. That usualy happens in pursuit. I think his awareness dropping into coverage is nice, he protects the flat well and gets nice in his drop. But when he has to react, it seems to me, at least, that he’s a bit slow.

        • Big Daddy says:

          I think that’s because he has a lot of responsibility on that defense, much more than people realize. Most college linebackers are not asked to do a lot of things, most not all, that’s why its so hard to find them and develop for the NFL.

          The schemes used dictated that Bradham many times was directing other players and spying the QB. He was looking for where the action was going and not going to the action all the time as dictated by the scheme. Many teams knew they had to put a man on him to stop him so they were hitting him from the blindside trying to take him OUT or at least out of the play. The opposing offenses must have felt he was that much of a disruptive force. They were looking to take shots at him.

          I think he gets a little negative press because of that hit earlier in the season, he was ejected. He may have been deemed a dirty player.

          Lets look at the awareness issue, I think it was the opposite kind of, more like mental overload for a young player. It seemed like he had so much responsibility on that defense, especially being a senior. I also noticed he was NOT allowed to freelance at all and stuck to the scheme, he is a disciplined team player, very much so.

          Notice for instance on goal line stances he was the one expected to stop the runner. So many plays it seemed like he was the player the defense expected to make the big hit or big play and he did. Yet he was also expected to play within the coaches parameters.

          I think compared to the other linebackers in this draft he’s a much more talented and diversified, a more NFL ready player.

          Not in the league of a Patrick Willis but very close.

          He is a middle linebacker, I again do not understand why he is talked about as an outside linebacker. In the Senior bowl he played the MIKE.

          I will be watching this kid throughout his career to find out if I am correct or delusional. I hope I am right and Reese drafts this kid.

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