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My glance around the 2015 NFL Draft continues with a glimpse into the heart and soul of defenses everywhere aka the linebackers.  Unlike the offensive skill players, some defenders rise and fall benardrickmdepending on the scheme that they play in.  Their athletic skill is important, but so is the role they will get featured in. Here are my thoughts:

1) Eric Kendricks, Minnesota

Although he is a little short for an inside backer, Kendricks is ultra-athletic and will get to play along his college linebacker.  It looks like he will play MLB and should be able to flow freely to the ball carrier. Read More »

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Welcome to Day Three in Indianapolis.  This is usually my favorite day of the combine with huge men looking more athletic than they should.   The defensive linemen as a whole impressed, while thescoutingcombine linebackers were not as crisp as they had been in years past.  Here are some thoughts on players that stood out today:

DT/DE Arik Armstead, Oregon

He was a big, muscular monster.  The defender showed good balance and some quickness, but definitely belongs on the defensive line.

DE/LB Vic Beasley, Clemson

If the combine needed to have a winner for the day, it would be Beasley.  This muscular, quick twitched athlete ran an impressive 4.53 forty yard dash.  He was explosive with no wasted motion changing directions effortlessly (an impressive three cone drill time of 6.91), while showing off quick, powerful striking hands.  Beasley also looked nature dropping back into coverage. Read More »

While this year’s draft class is full of talented outside rushers, there was an inside linebacker that stood out most to me in Mobile.  It was former Miami Hurricane Denzel Perryman.  Although he denzelpmissed the Wednesday practice, the backer came back and made quite the impression on me.  Perhaps it’s because I played the same position while being undersized too.  After viewing nine of his college games against South Carolina, Duke, Nebraska, Louisville, Florida State (both 2013 and 2014), Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Florida, his skills and talents that he brings to the NFL were clearly visible.   Here is what I saw:

ILB Denzel Perryman, Miami 5′ 10 5/8″ 242 lbs.

Cons: The Senior Bowl weigh-in gave scouts the first chink in the armor of the backer, Perryman is not six feet tall.  This limits him in being able to see plays develop at the line of scrimmage when he can’t see around the offensive line.  Of course, the linebacker can watch and anticipate where the linemen are going, so he can overcome this limitation.  But this does leave him flat-footed when reverses and trick plays get called.  Perryman is not silky smooth dropping back into pass coverage and gives an occasion false step.  That isn’t to say he cannot make up for his errors, but it isn’t a strength.  The defender wasn’t effective when he rushed on designed run blitzes as he lowered his head and seemed to have tunnel vision taking bad angles.   The former Hurricane is not overly fast to chase down a runner on the backside, as he uses more patience and is quite methodical.  He sometimes launches himself like a missile into the ball carrier, but the backer needs to make sure he is making contact with his shoulder pads first. Read More »

It’s Senior Bowl’s Day One here in Mobile, Alabama.  The town is abuzz with all thirty-two teams in attendance.  The first day of practice is always a slow one as players are getting familiar with the coaching staffs and their new teammates.  Here are some initial thoughts from today’s practices (I have listed them alphabetically and separated them by squad).

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RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

The muscular, athletic back got small in the hole using good wiggle to avoid contact.  Abdullah caught the ball well out of the backfield, looked good in the open field showing good burst, and straddled the sideline well, keeping his balance.  He doesn’t appear big enough to handle an NFL workload. Read More »