Breaking Down ILB's Kentrell Brothers and Joshua Perry

Kentrell Brothers – ILB – Missouri Size – 6005v – 249v - 4.81  Strong Points – Three year starter at ILB for Mizzou. Very instinctive. Make plays (274 tackles in the last two seasons). Plays bigger than measured. Strong and explosive. Quick to shed. Has very good range and lateral agility. Excellent tackler. Good in pass coverage. Effective when blitzing. Quality special teams player. Team leader. Weak Points – Lacks ideal height and his arms are a bit short (30 ¾) Summation– Put one inch on him and he is the best inside linebacker in the draft. A playmaking machine. Great instincts and awareness. Attacks the line of scrimmage and gets to ball. Is strong and explosive and quick to shed. Very good range to stop the outside run. Better than adequate in coverage. Similar in size to Denzel Perryman and Chris Boreland but a better college player than either. He has more athleticism and is more explosive. Some clubs won’t touch him because of his lack of size but he will start in the league for the right team.   Joshua Perry – ILB – Ohio State Size – 6036 – 254 – 4.68 Strong Points – Great size, with long arms. Strong and explosive. Is a presence in the middle stacking at the point. Physical. Reads and reacts quickly and finds the ball. Best against the inside run. Has adequate range to stop the outside run. Can get depth with his drop and plays underneath routes well. Very good tackler. Adequate pass rusher. Weak Points – Average play speed for the position. Will only be a 2 down player at the next level. Will have trouble with man coverage. Not a real quick twitch athlete. Summation– An ideal 3-4 inside linebacker. Has great size and is strong and explosive. Reads the run quickly, can shed and make plays at the line of scrimmage. Adequate range to stop the outside run. Can play in zone coverage but really doesn’t have the range a coach would want. Can’t cover quick backs or tight ends man to man. Adequate when asked to blitz. Will only be a two down player but he will be a good one. Has upside and his Combine speed will get him drafted around the third round. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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