Posts Tagged ‘Inside Linebackers’

Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 11: Eli Harold, Nate Orchard Among Nation’s Emerging Pass-Rushers

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Virginia's Eli Harold has emerged as one of the top pass-rushers in college football. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

Virginia’s Eli Harold has emerged as one of the top pass-rushers in college football. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Six pivotal matchups featuring ranked opponents top the slate of college football games for Week 11.

While many of the nation’s top prospects have established their stock as high draft picks, a handful of others have emerged from obscurity, including Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, TCU cornerback Kevin White and Utah defensive end Nate Orchard.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Inside Linebackers

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Alabama’s C.J. Mosley is the only first-round prospect in this year’s draft class of inside linebackers. (Photo: Chuck Cook — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The 2014 draft class of inside linebackers looks to be about par for the course. A variety of skill sets with an overall lack of quality at the bottom of the rankings is what I have come to expect from the position, and this year appears to be no different.

Alabama’s C.J. Mosley is far and away the premier talent of this group and will be on everyone’s early list for 2014 defensive rookie of the year. Depending on what teams are looking for, players with starter upside could be had throughout the first four rounds.

An average of 11 inside linebackers have been drafted each year over the past five drafts. I have graded 16 prospects as draftable this year.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Inside Linebacker Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley stands out among senior inside linebacker prospects for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

If you are looking for a rangy, middle linebacker for a 4-3 defense who can stay on the field every down, the 2014 NFL draft’s senior class is not for you if you miss out on Alabama’s C.J. Mosley.

Mosley is in a class of his own and deserves consideration as a top-20 draft selection. After that, we see a solid group of run-stopping thumpers who could pair with a more athletic player inside in a 3-4 defensive scheme to create a formidable duo, but who project to be two-down players.

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2014 NFL Draft: What Stanford LB Shayne Skov Must Prove to Be Worth a Draft Pick

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Shayne Skov has been a great inside linebacker for the Stanford defense, but has some major flaws in his game he must improve in 2013. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Shayne Skov has already started 33 games at linebacker in his career at Stanford, and is back for another season as a fifth-year senior.

Skov got on the field early in his career at Stanford, starting seven games in 2009 as a true freshman. He had his best season in 2010 when he collected 84 tackles, 10.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. His 2011 season was over in Week 3 due to a season-ending knee injury. He returned from injury in 2012 to start 13 games while compiling 81 tackles, 9 for loss and 2.5 sacks.

The 2012 version of Skov, however, was a disappointment. He really took a step back from what he displayed in 2010 as a healthy sophomore.

While his game had obvious flaws in 2010, there was reason to believe he could improve and potentially be a solid draft choice. After studying his 2012 season, there is a lot for Skov to prove in 2013 for me to consider him worthy of a draft selection.

Perhaps he was never fully healthy last season after coming back from the knee injury that cut his junior season short.. That said, he has an entire season in front of him to regain the optimism that surrounded him early in his career. Before I get into the flaws, let’s first examine what there is to like about Skov.

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