The 2016 NFL Draft is closing in and there are so many tremendous defensive players yet to discuss. One of the best defenders is former Clemson Shaq Lawson who certainly turned heads during this year’s national championship game against Alabama with two sacks and four total tackles. I reviewed that game along with his 2015 games against Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida State, NC State, and Miami to get a better feel of the skills and attributes that this disruptive, potential superstar bring to the next level. Here are my thoughts:
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The 2016 NFL Draft is almost here and one of the most tragic stories is that of former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith. The backer appeared to all but secured himself a sure top ten selection with his tremendous athleticism; however in the last game of his college career in a bowl game against rival Ohio State, he tore his ACL and MCL. I’m no doctor, so let’s concentrate what shows up on his college tape. After reviewing his 2015 games against Ohio State, Texas, U Mass, USC, and Clemson, it was clear that the talented young rookie has the required skills to play at the next level. These are my thoughts:
Due to the season ending knee injury to Kiko Alonso, the dynasty IDP world got sent into a tailspin. One of the names that quickly emerged to replace him was third round pick, Preston Brown. The rookie backer ran a 4.8 40 at the Combine so the speed of the defense will suffer, but Brown brings other attributes to the gridiron. I reviewed four of his games to get a better understanding of his skill set. There wasn’t a lot of film available to me so I watched of his two 2013 games against Florida International and University of South Florida as well as two 2012 games against Cincinnati and Florida.
The IDP scouting report gauntlet continues with new Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Linebackers in the NFC North need to be very versatile because they deal with great quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler, but on the other hand contend with fantastic runners in Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, and Adrian Peterson. I re-watched four of Van Noy’s 2013 games with Georgia Tech, Washington, Utah State, and Texas along with a review of my notes from the Senior Bowl week to get a good breakdown of the skills this young backer brings to the Motor City. He certainly isn’t my top dynasty linebacker, but Van Noy could grow into a valuable LB3 quite quickly.