2010 NFL Draft: OLB Scouting Reports

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1. Sergio Kindle, Texas (6-3/245)
Kindle is a great pass-rusher that can set the edge decently as well. Ideally suited for a 3-4 OLB position, Kindle can also play 4-3 DE. His speed and strength has taken him far in college, but he will have to improve his play diagnosis skills to excel at the next level.

Pros: Athleticism, Versatility, Motor
Cons: Awareness
Verdict: 1st/2nd Round

2. Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri (6-0/240)
Weatherspoon is very limited schematically, as he doesn’t fit at all in the 3-4 (maybe inside…), and some 4-3 teams will pass due to his size and lack of top end speed. What Sean does well is tackle and diagnose plays, what many teams might be looking for in a MLB. Weatherspoon is adequate in coverage and can blitz with some success.

Pros: Football IQ, Instincts, Tackling
Cons: Size, Speed
Verdict: 1st/2nd Round

3. Jerry Hughes, TCU (6-1/250)
Will probably be too short to play DE in the NFL, so 3-4 OLB seems like his natural position. Hughes is relentless in his play, but will need to hone his coverage skills and expand his repertoire of pass rush moves. Relies heavily on the spin move at this time.

Pros: First Step, Speed
Cons: Coverage, Size
Verdict: 1st/2nd Round

4. Ricky Sapp, Clemson (6-4/252)
Sapp is a true one-trick pony: rushing the passer. He isn’t able to get off blocks like an OLB needs too. This may lead to Sapp not being a 3-down LB, which means some teams will take him off their 1st round draft board. That said, Sapp rushes the passer like nobody else, with the possible exception of Jerry Hughes. He has a lightning first-step and the ability to change moves on the fly.

Pros: First Step, Speed, Moves
Cons: Strength, Injury History
Verdict: 2nd/3rd Round

5. Austen Lane, Murray State (6-6/265)
Lane has been dominant at the FCS level, although on account of his dominance he hasn’t had to diversify his pass-rush moves. Lane has extensive experience playing in space, although he isn’t afraid to put his hand down and dominate a lineman. Lane’s versatility is his biggest asset. Could diagnose plays better.

Pros: Versatility, Size, Speed, Work Ethic
Cons: Competition, Instincts
Verdict: 3rd Round

6. AJ Edds, Iowa (6-4/245)
Edds diagnoses plays very well, and has tons of experience in coverage, as the Hawkeyes rarely play nickel or dime coverage. Edds does nothing that will make you think that he is a 1st-rounder, its his lack of mistakes that makes him a great linebacker. Could play SILB in a 3-4.

Pros: Football IQ, Coverage, Strength
Cons: Upside
Verdict: 3rd Round

7. Eric Norwood, South Carolina (6-1/255)
Norwood is a football player. He loves the game and can’t stand losing. Scouts love his pass-rush ability and non-stop motor. His lack of quickness and elite speed will lead to some problems in coverage, but his ability to set the edge and apply pressure should have teams needing an OLB drooling.

Pros: Motor, Instincts, Strength, Tackling
Cons: Speed, Size
Verdict: 2nd-4th Round

8. George Selvie, USF (6-4/250)
Could play either right end in a 4-3 or 3-4 OLB. Due to his size, we feel that he will be better served with his hand off the ground and taking on running backs and tight ends in pass protect. If Selvie can lick the durability concerns (foot, ankle), he is a disruptive force – wherever he lines up.

Pros: Speed, Experience, Tackling
Cons: Durability, Size
Verdict: 3rd-4th Round

One Response to “2010 NFL Draft: OLB Scouting Reports”

  1. Anonymous says:

    These guys do not seem to be the types teh Pats look for. They like 6-5 fast guys. If the Pats are changing and want smaller and quicker guys off the edge, then they need to solidify the line a bit more (franchsing Wilfork) and get a shutdown CB first.

    With these two things taken care of the ILB basically the same as the past two years then maybe a smaller speedster on teh edge will happen.

    I dounbt Burgess or THomas will be bakc and Banta-Cain did a good enough job, but is not an every down OLB and Pierre Woods seemed non-existant in 2009.


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