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May 11

Falcons, Thomas Dimitroff defend drafting Prince Shembo

Controversy surrounds Shembo pick.

Prince Shembo – Outside Linebacker

Prince Shembo US PRESSWIREPrince Shembo gives ND consistent pressure coming off the edge.

Shembo is a 2-year starter at “Cat” linebacker. In that position he is half linebacker/half defensive end. He probably plays with his hand on the ground 50% of the defensive snaps. Shembo is a bit on the short side at just over 6-1 but he has good bulk (about 255), long arms and is very strong. He is a very good athlete with change of direction, balance, speed and body control. I feel he is one of the most underrated players on the Notre Dame defense. He has a nonstop motor and is very competitive. He has top instincts and is always around the ball. He shows strength at the point, can shed blocks and is a sure tackler. While not used in coverage a lot, he shows he can get depth with his drops, can transition and has good receiver awareness. When rushing the passer, Shembo knows how to get low and use leverage. He is very flexible and can use his hands to get off blocks. He gets consistent pressure coming off the edge.

Overall, I see Shembo as a 3-4 OLB at the next level. His speed and measurables will play into where he gets drafted, but this guy is a football player and will be a sure starter in the NFL early in his career.