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LB prospects for the next draft

Post by The Breeze » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:39 am

I'm not someone who follows the college game close enough to know who to be watching right now. I usually watch a lot of regional coverage so I get familiar with Pac12 guys and all the big name QBs.

I get caught before the draft having to watch tape and trust expert analysis on who is what.

So, if anybody has knowledge or just guys they like please list them here so there can be some familiarity with them and chances to see them play before the season is over.
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Post by dead_poet » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:56 am

Keep an eye on these guys.

ILB:
A.J. Johnson (Tennessee)
Andrew Jackson (Western Kentucky)
Shayne Skov (Stanford)
Yawin Smallwood (Connecticut)
Max Bullough (Michigan State)

OLB:
Anthony Barr (UCLA)
C.J. Mosley (Alabama)
Christian Jones (Florida State)
Khalil Mack (Buffalo)
Ryan Shazier (Ohio State)
Kyle Van Noy (Brigham Young)
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Post by The Breeze » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:19 am

Thanks DP. I saw some of Mosely against A&M. He is one of the bigger names out there and I saw him make some good plays.

I watched the Vols play Oregon also....but Tennessee's defense was just too overwhelmed for anyone to stand out.


I should be able to get good looks at the guys from BYU, UCLA and Standford this week.
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Post by dead_poet » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:54 am

Chris Borland - LB - Badgers

NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock compared Wisconsin LB Chris Borland to former Dolphins LB Zach Thomas and a "sawed-off" Luke Kuechly.

Mayock said Borland (5-foot-11, 243 pounds) was "as fun a guy to watch on tape as I have ever seen" and raved about his instincts and quickness. Mayock admitted that Borland's measurables aren't ideal, but said he "wouldn't let this kid get out of the second round." NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah isn't as sold on Borland as Mayock, citing lack of arm length as a major concern.
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Post by dead_poet » Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:11 pm

Ryan Shazier - LB - Player

Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier clocked sub-4.4 forty times at the Buckeyes' Pro Day.

This is in addition to Shazier's highly explosive 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump at the Combine. Shazier is a tick over 6-foot-1 and 237 pounds with striking and coverage skills. He's a likely top-40 draft pick.
Source: Kevin Weidl on Twitter
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Post by Eli » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:17 pm

Apparently Mike Zimmer attended the Ohio State Pro Day. Probably also checking out cornerback Bradley Roby.

http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/ ... bradl.html
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Post by dead_poet » Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:10 pm

Rick Spielman at Alabama Pro Day, per @RosterWatch. QB AJ McCarron & LB C.J. Mosley expected to participate.
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Post by dead_poet » Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:38 pm

Bucky Brooks makes a case (with some analytics) for Barr over Mack. Interesting read. I may have to do some more scouting.

Anthony Barr vs. Khalil Mack
I don't believe Mack will consistently win with power as a pro, which is why I have concerns about his ability to thrive as a No. 1 rusher for a defense. I see him as a complementary playmaker on the opposite side of a dominant rusher in a 3-4 set.
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap200000 ... ter_nfl_cb
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Post by dead_poet » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:54 am

Ryan Shazier, LB Ohio State. I think he's a late first-round type who should play weakside linebacker on early downs for a 4-3 defense and move to the middle in nickel and dime. He has range to cover, plays with leverage as a pass rusher (watch the Cal game), sheds blockers better than an undersized linebacker should and has the long arms to make plays. Shazier is a good open-field tackler but I would like to see him use his sideline to sideline speed on more consistently.
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Post by dead_poet » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:09 pm

‏@BobMcGinn 7m
#Badgers ILB Chris Borland off one NFL team board with left shoulder problem. Has had two ops already on it; team M.D. feels he's need third
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Post by dead_poet » Wed May 07, 2014 11:38 am

Shayne Skov - LB - Player

According to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, "a number of teams" believe there's a "real chance" Stanford ILB Shayne Skov will go undrafted.

Skov had a big college name, but lacks NFL-caliber athleticism and has injury red flags. "He’s a good guy but slow with major medical red flags," said one college scouting director. "The whole (pre-draft) process has hurt him." Skov didn't work out at the Combine. He ran a 5.09 forty at Stanford's Pro Day.
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Post by S197 » Wed May 07, 2014 1:23 pm

fiestavike wrote: wow, that is a slow 40 time. I'd take a chance on him in the late rounds.
Agreed on both counts.
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Re: LB prospects for the next draft

Post by Demi » Wed May 07, 2014 6:54 pm

No thanks. Watching the playoffs last year, let's get some real linebackers in here, not undersized defensive ends with little to no sideline to sideline speed, or coverage ability...watching 49ers and Seahawks should show what you need in linebackers nowadays, speed and athleticism!
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