Player, Pos, Team Height Weight Draft Grade
11 Jordan Tripp OLB, Montana 6'3" 237 B 6.4 Stats
12 Christian Jones OLB, Florida State 6'3" 232 C 6.4 Stats
13 Jackson Jeffcoat OLB, Texas 6'4" 245 C 6.4 Stats
14 Michael Sam OLB, Missouri 6'5" 255 C 6.4 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Michael Sam – Defensive Line

Sam is another fifth year senior. He started nine games in 2012 and is a starter this year. He plays in a rotation but still plays about 60% of the defensive snaps.

Sam was not on a lot of clubs scouting lists early in the season, but you can’t help but notice him on tape. He is an undersized defensive end (6’2 – 255), but he is athletic, quick, and has play speed. On top of that, he is very competitive and plays hard every snap.

Sam plays both from a three-point and two-point stance. He is very quick off the ball, and he uses that quickness to be disruptive. While he lacks the size and power to consistently hold the point versus big tackles, he uses his quickness to shoot gaps. His change of direction and lateral movement are good, and that keeps him active at the line of scrimmage. He is quick to find the ball and makes plays. He is a good pass rusher at the college level and can stay low to get under his opponents. He has quick hands and shows the ability to put counter moves together. He is an average bull rusher. He is a top pursuit player because of his motor, play speed, and always taking good angles to the ball.

Sam’s best chance to play in the NFL is as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He has very good outside linebacker size to go along with the required play speed and athleticism. He is going to have to prove that he can drop into coverage and transition. If he does that well, then I see him as a late-round pick.

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15 James Gayle OLB, Virginia Tech 6'3" 268 C 6.4 Stats
16 Christian Kirksey OLB, Iowa 6'2" 235 C 6.4 Stats
17 Morgan Breslin OLB, USC 6'2" 250 C 6.4 Stats
18 Boseko Lokombo OLB, Oregon 6'3" 226 C 6.4 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Boseko Lokombo – Outside Linebacker

Lokombo is a fifth year senior and a two year starter at strong side outside linebacker. He will also line up in the middle on some downs. While only a two year starter, he has gotten significant playing time in each of the last four years. Lokombo is a bit small for an OLB. He is listed at being 6’3 – 229. While he is supposed to be weight room strong, he doesn’t carry that weight room strength over to the playing field. His best trait is his athleticism. He is a smooth athlete with body control and speed. He is listed at being a 4.7 guy but plays faster.

On tape he looks to have average instincts. He is not a quick reactor and doesn’t anticipate well. He sees and reacts rather than instinctively get to the ball. While he plays with good effort he is not what I would call a physical player. He does not show strength and power at the point and can be slow to get off blocks. While he is around the ball a lot he doesn’t make a lot of plays. His tackling ability is average. He does wrap up but you seldom see him “go thru” the ball carrier.

Lokombo does have good coverage skills. He gets walked off at times and lined up over the slot. He shows he can play some man coverage and shows awareness in zone. He gets depth with his drops and can transition. As a pass rusher, he is average at best. He doesn’t come hard and lacks moves to slip blocks and the hand use to shed.

Overall, I feel Lokombo is better suited to play in a 4-3 scheme. He doesn’t have the size and power to play in a 3-4 at the NFL level. While I don’t see him as an every down player at this time, I do see him being used as a nickel linebacker because of his cover skills. He is going to have to get stronger, develop his hand use, and become more aggressive if he wants to be an every down type player. I would only draft him late, but there will be teams that will fall in love with his athleticism and draft him higher.

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19 Ronald Powell OLB, Florida 6'4" 244 C 6.4 Stats
20 Tyler Starr OLB, South Dakota 6'2" 223 C 6.4 Stats
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