Player, Pos, Team Height Weight Draft Grade
01 C.J. Mosley ILB, Alabama 6'2" 232 A 6.9 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

C.J. Mosley – Linebacker

Mosley lines up as an inside linebacker in Alabama’s base 3-4. He is a 4th year senior and while he wasn’t listed as a full time starter his first two years, he got significant playing time and was among the Tides leading tacklers both years. At about 6’2 – 240 with long arms, Mosley has all the tools to be a top NFL linebacker. He possesses very good overall athleticism with speed, flexibility, change of direction and body control. To go along with his size he has very good play strength.

Mosley is alert and instinctive. He is a quick reactor who is consistently around the ball. He is proficient defending the run, in pass coverage, and rushing the passer. He shows his strength and power at the point by shedding quickly and is an explosive, aggressive tackler. He has the speed and range to stop both the inside and outside run and moves easily through trash. Many linebackers are used strictly in zone coverage, but that is not the case with Mosley. He is often put in man situations versus running backs and tight ends and does an excellent job. He can drop, pedal, and turn as well as any linebacker in football. He can react to the ball in the air and has good hands. While not used much as a pass rusher, he is effective when used. He knows how to use his speed and has the hand use to get rid of blocks.

The beauty of a player like Mosley is that he can play in any scheme. He is a fit to play inside in a 3-4, and he has the traits and athleticism to play any of the three linebacker positions in a 4-3. When Oakland drafted Rolando McClain in the first round a few years ago, they thought they were getting a tough smash mouth inside player. It turned out he was more of a finesse player. Mosley, on the other hand, might not have McClain’s size but he is a much more physical player. He should easily be a first round pick.

02 Shayne Skov ILB, Stanford 6'3" 242 A 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Shayne Skov – Linebacker

Skov is the most talented of the senior defensive players at Stanford. Skov has been a starter at linebacker since midway through his freshman year in 2009. He injured a knee in the third game of the 2009 season and was given an injury redshirt year. The former five-star recruit has lived up to his lofty high school recruiting status.

Skov has excellent size for a Mike linebacker. He is listed as being 6’3 – 245 and looks all of that. He is a very good athlete with speed, balance, and body control. I would say he can easily run in the low 4.6 area. He has explosive quickness, strength, and power. He is a quick-reacting, instinctive player who finds the ball. He shows strength and power at the point of attack and gets rid of blocks very quickly. He always seems to take good angles to the ball, and when he reaches the play he is an excellent tackler.

He is used to blitz often and is a very good pass rusher. With his quickness and burst, he does an excellent job timing his blitzes and is extremely effective. He can shed on the move and has a quick burst off of blocks to close. In pass coverage, he has the suddenness and hip flex to turn and run in man cover and has excellent awareness in zone. His transition is very good.

Skov is a complete linebacker and can play in any type of defensive system. He can play Mike or Will in a 4-3 or either inside position in a 3-4. His skill set is such that he should play and start right from the get go. He will be a very high pick and a solid contributor as a rookie.

03 Lamin Barrow ILB, LSU 6'2" 232 B 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Lamin Barrow – Linebacker

Barrow is a fifth year senior and a two year starter. Like many on the LSU defense, even though he didn’t start, he got significant play time as a rotational player.

Barrow is one of the better athletes you will see at the linebacker position. He is listed at being 6’2 – 232, but he has a long frame and could easily get to 240+. His play strength is good, but not great, and he is explosive. He has excellent play speed and body control showing quick feet and easy change of direction. His play speed is sub 4.6. He lines up as a Will linebacker, and because of his athleticism, they have him playing in space often. He is used often in coverage, lining up in both zone and man. He has very good man cover skills for a linebacker to go along with good ball skills and hands. He can transition very well. He is also used to rush the passer often and does an excellent job finding seams in the pass protections and getting to the QB. He has 1.5 sacks this year and one QB hurry, while in 2012 he had five QB hurries.

Barrow is a good run defender, being better on the perimeter then inside. He is quick to find the ball and consistently takes good angles. He can be inconsistent taking on and shedding blocks at the point. Like many college players, he needs to develop better hand use. Being that I’m old school, I feel shedding blocks is a very important skill, but in today’s game, coaches want athletes and usually feel they can teach the player to shed.

Barrow will be one of the better athletes at the linebacker position in this draft. Because of that athleticism, he will be drafted high. I see him fitting best in a 4-3 scheme as a Will but with added weight and bulk, he could easily play inside in a 3-4. It will be interesting watching him perform at the combine.

04 Max Bullough ILB, Michigan State 6'2" 252 B 6.5c Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Max Bullough - Linebacker

Bullough is a fourth-year senior and a three-year starter at middle linebacker. He has all the tools to be a top linebacker in the NFL. His size is ideal at about 6'3 - 245. He has speed (estimated 4.62), strength, and athleticism. He is very instinctive and consistently around the ball. He can play the run, defend the pass, and rush the passer. He has strength at the point, uses his hands to shed quickly, and a physical tackler. He plays a very aggressive game. He has the range and takes the angles to make plays outside. He is not used to rush the passer that often, but when he does blitz, he comes hard and is effective. He does a great job with delays. In pass coverage, he shows he can play zone or man. In zone, he takes good drops and is aware. He has the athleticism and quickness to play man coverage against a back or tight end. Once the ball is in the air, he shows good ball reactions and has good hands.

Bullough can play Mike Linebacker in a 4-3 or be an inside linebacker in a 3-4, He has the traits to play either scheme very well. With his instincts, aggressiveness, and leadership skills, he will take over a defense in short order. He should be a very good first round pick. A player to compare him with is Carolina's Luke Kuechly.

05 Chris Borland ILB, Wisconsin 5'11" 242 B 6.5 Stats
06 Preston Brown ILB, Louisville 6'2" 255 B 6.5 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Preston Brown – Linebacker

Brown is a fourth-year senior and a three-year starter. He has excellent size, speed, and athleticism. I estimate his size at 6’2 – 255 and he runs in the 4.75-4.80 range. He is a good athlete to go along with good strength and explosion. He flashes being a playmaker and can be physically tough at the point of attack. He shows he can get rid of blocks, fill, and make plays close to the line of scrimmage. It is bothersome that he doesn’t seem to have top instincts. On some plays, he will react quickly, but there are others where he has no idea where the ball is. This will often happen on misdirection and play-action type plays. He is a good pursuit player who shows his speed and takes good angles to the ball. He can be a physical tackler who hits and wraps. In pass coverage, he shows good drop quickness, gets depth, and is aware. He does a good job keeping things in front of him. His ball reactions are good, and he can plant and drive on the ball. As a pass rusher, he is more of a power rusher but will use moves at times. He shows good hand use to take on and shed blocks.

Brown has top physical traits, and with those traits, he should be able to dominate. The problem is, he doesn’t dominate but is more of a flash player. His lack of top instincts is what is holding him back. He should be an eventual starter in the league and is a solid “B” level player (third – fourth round).

07 Glenn Carson ILB, Penn State 6'2" 235 B 6.5 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Glenn Carson – Linebacker

Carson is a 4th year senior and a 3 year starter and has already graduated. Like DaQuan Jones he is not an explosive flashy player, all he does is make plays. In the first 2 games he has 16 total tackles including 10 versus Eastern Michigan.

Carson has adequate size at 6’3 – 235. He looks to have a frame to be able to play at 240+ at the next level. He has good athleticism and adequate speed. His play speed is about 4.78. His change of direction is good and he has good feet allowing him to move through traffic without a problem.

One of the best traits that Carson has is his instincts. He is a quick reactor or is consistently around the ball. He doesn’t get fooled. He has good strength at the point and does a good job getting rid of blocks. He shows he can take on a guard, get rid of him and get to the ball. While not an overly fast guy, he is quick and because of his instincts he makes plays inside and out. He always takes good angles to the ball. In pass coverage, he has a quick drop and keeps good position in zone. He can move in transition and reacts well to the ball in the air. I did not see him in man coverage. He is used some on blitzes and comes hard but I didn’t see him use any moves.

Overall, this is a steady consistent player who will be a starter at the next level. He has should be able to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3. Because he lacks great speed he may be best suited to play in a 3-4. Good B level player (rounds 3-4).

08 Yawin Smallwood ILB, Connecticut 6'2" 235 C 6.3 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Yawin Smallwood – Linebacker – Connecticut

Size – 6040e - 235e – 4.90e

Strong Points – Has some natural size, flashes versus the run, shows awareness in zone coverage, tackling

Weak Points- Play speed, just an adequate athlete, average production, shedding blocks, not a very physical player

Summation – Smallwood is a fourth-year junior who is entering the Draft. My feeling is he made a mistake. I looked at five tapes and I couldn’t get excited. In only one game (Cincinnati), did he show me enough to be a quality backup linebacker.

Smallwood has been a three-year starter and is supposed to be UConn’s leading tackler. But I didn’t see that kind of production on tape. He has good size and looks to have the frame to get bigger, but he does not play with top strength and explosion. He plays slowly and is just an average athlete. I did not see any quick-twitch to his game at all. He can be slow to react in the run game, does not fill well, and is slow to shed. He rarely makes plays at the line of scrimmage. He doesn’t attack, he waits for plays to come to him. He is not aggressive. While he will chase in pursuit and takes good angles, he doesn’t have the play speed to consistently get to the ball. He is a good tackler when he gets the opportunity.

In pass coverage, he does get depth with his drop and he shows more awareness then he does in the run game. He plays the underneath routes well.

There were a few plays where he had to cover a tight end man-to-man on seam routes, and he did fairly good job. He doesn't have the suddenness needed to be consistently effective in coverage at the next level.

Overall, I was disappointed in this player's play. I see a player who, at best, is a late-round pick. He has a chance to make a roster as a backup but will always be the type you want to replace.

Grade – C 6.3

09 Telvin Smith ILB, Florida State 6'2" 218 C 6.3 Stats
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