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Draft Prospect Notes: Linebackers

The writers of Patriots Football Weekly have done their homework on all the prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Now, you can download the actual notes they took on all the top players, broken down by position for your convenience. Today's report breaks down linebackers.

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INSIDE LINEBACKERS
RankPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.401
Martez WilsonIllinois6-42504.42Notes:[Andy Hart] Not a huge hitter. Runs a little stiff. Doesn't seem to make super quick reads. Postion fit?. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
2
Greg JonesMichigan State6-02424.72Notes:[Andy Hart] Lot of tackles and can make some plays. Rushes the passer a bit from the inside. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
3
Kelvin SheppardLSU6-22504.70Notes:[Andy Hart] Looks, reminds of Brandon Spikes. Aggressive. Big and agile. Can take on Gs. Quick reads. Squares up and wraps. Sees ball and gets it. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
4
Colin McCarthyMiami6-12384.59Notes:[Andy Hart] Reads and goes. Solid tackler. Good playing speed. Good Senior Bowl with some good hits. Physical. SPT option. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
5
Nate IrvingNorth Carolina State6-12324.68Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
THE REST:PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40Quan SturdivantNorth Carolina 6-22304.63Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Akeem DentGeorgia6-12424.78Notes:[Andy Hart] Athletic. Reads plays and moves well laterally. Makes plays around the LOS. 4-3 MLB? [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Casey MatthewsOregon6-12314.80Notes:[Andy Hart] Around the ball a lot. Blitzed quite a bit. Not overly quick, fast or strong. Good tackler who finishes. Nose for ball. 4-3 run around guy. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Chris WhiteMississippi State6-32404.74Notes:[Andy Hart] 3-4 ILB type. Sure tackler. Scrappy. Not super quick or fast. Backup or SPT guy. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Josh BynesAuburn6-22404.78Notes:[Andy Hart] Throwback. Physical. Around the ball. Limited athletically. Stationary at snap. Slow to read and react. . [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Mike MohamedCalifornia6-32294.65Notes:[Andy Hart] More a run around guy. Smart and productive. Versatile. Nose for ball. More of a tackler than a hitter. SPT.. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Mario HarveyMarshall5-112504.73Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Nick BelloreCentral Michigan6-12524.77Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Orie LemonOklahoma State6-12454.84Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Scott LutrusConnecticut6-22414.68Notes:[Andy Hart] Little stiff. Not explosive. 4-year starter. SPT. Two-time captain.. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Elijah JosephTemple6-22404.80Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Alex WujciakMaryland6-22474.77Notes:[Andy Hart] Not overly quick. Decent FB speed. Scrappy. Gets through wash well. Hits a bit. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Greg LloydConnecticut6-22474.78Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Ben JacobsFresno State6-42454.78Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Kendall SmithFlorida State6-02354.59Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Stephen FranklinSouthern Illinois6-02364.56Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo*] No Comments.  

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

RankPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
1
Von MillerTexas A&M6-22464.42
Notes: [Andy Hart] Little undersized fror 3-4 OLB. Great pass rush burst. Play run and set edge? Beats most tackles with pure speed. Good not great. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Loaded with intangibles; A bit small for Pats OLB but production was terrific; Excellent pass rush ability.
2
Aldon SmithMissouri6-42584.69
Notes: [Andy Hart] Considered bit of a developmental guy with big upside. Good size, length, speed combo. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Solid edge pass rusher; Long arms will help setting edge; Quick and strong; Versatile.
3
Brooks ReedArizona6-22634.65
Notes: [Andy Hart] More pass rusher than all-arouind player. Not elite production. Good spin move. Football IQ for NEP D?. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Generating a lot of attention lately as edge PR; Shows ability to get to QB but consistency an issue.
4
Justin HoustonGeorgia6-32704.62
Notes: [Andy Hart] Played both 4-3 and 3-4. Good burst. Asked mostly to rush. Stays home vs. run. Disruptive. Good but not elite pass rusher. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Has experience in 3-4; Solid against the run and showed flashed as pass rusher.
5
Akeem AyersUCLA6-22544.81
Notes: [Andy Hart] Athletic, versatile all-around OLB type. Uses hands well in rush. Lean build. Resilient in pursuit. Can do a lot, but not elite pass rusher. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Another smallish OLB candidate; Versatile; Can play off line of scrimmage; Not as fast as other PRs.
THE REST:
PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
Chris CarterFresno State6-12484.58
Notes: [Andy Hart] Shorter than ideal for OLB, but has long arms and fits rest of profile. Pipeline prospect. Good power, relentless, quick off edge. Second-tier pass rush option. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] A bit undersized but perhaps Pat Hill connection comes into play again?
Bruce CarterNorth Carolina6-32354.57
Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Mason FosterWashington6-12454.75
Notes: [Andy Hart] Tackle machine. Potential SPT standout. Good reads. Plays in space. ILB in NE. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Impressive versatility and motor; Finds ways to make plays; Agree with Andy in that he's an ILB for Pats.
Dontay MochNevada6-12484.4
Notes: [Andy Hart] Good first step and closing speed. Speed guy but does fight through blocks. Not a scheme fit for Pats. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Aamzing speed and quickness but is small; Not a fit for Pats.
Lawrence WilsonConnecticut6-12294.71
Notes: [Andy Hart] Solid not spectacular. Backup type. Can hit a little. 50 starts. Good production. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Projects to be a solid special teams player.
Mark HerzlichBoston College6-42455.75
Notes: [Andy Hart] Is he all the way back? Great attitude. Mature. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] I'd hire this guy to do almost anything - inspirational story worth looking at; Speed and athleticism still returning but was once considered elite.
Jeremy BealOklahoma6-22625.14
Notes: [Andy Hart] LB? More smart and prepared than athletic. High motor, effort guy. Not elite at anything physically [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Too slow to fit as pass rusher; Works hard and gets after it; Not overly athletic.
K.J. WrightMississippi State6-32464.75
Notes: [Andy Hart] Little stiff. Not very athletic. Decent production. Captain. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Decent size but lacks quickness; Nothing special.
Thomas KeiserStanford6-42444.84
Notes: [Andy Hart] Tall and lean. Not overly fluid. Pursues well backside. Lacks elite speed and quickness. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Not an elite athlete but plays hard and doesn't quit on plays; Lacks of speed will catch up to him.
Bruce MillerCentral Florida6-22594.75
Notes: [Andy Hart] Uses hands well to get off blocks. SPT option. High motor. Lot hustle plays. Scrappy. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Ross HomanOhio State6-02404.63
Notes: [Andy Hart] 3 year starter. NFL backup type. Not great at any one thing. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Doug HogueSyracuse6-22354.62
Notes: [Andy Hart] Former RB, SPT option. Decent speed and burst. Athlete. 4-3 guy. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Wayne DanielsTCU6-02605.03
Notes: [Andy Hart] Inconistent. Stocky build. Not elite burst. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Brian RolleOhio State5-102274.59
Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Quentin DaveyNorthwestern6-42304.69
Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Jabara WilliamsStephen F. Austin6-22244.64
Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Rickey BrewerColorado State6-02124.72
Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Brian DuncanTexas Tech6-12484.73
Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Jonas MoutonMichigan6-12544.81
Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Adrian MotenMaryland6-22284.53
Notes: [Andy Hart] Small. Rushes a bit. Pursues. Tampa 2 run around guy. Can't take on blockers. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Craig StevensAuburn6-22304.67
Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

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