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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