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Draft scouting report: Inside linebackers

Day One

C.J. Mosley, Alabama … 6-2 … 234

Day Two

Chris Borland, Wisconsin … 6-0 … 248

Shayne Skov, Stanford … 6-2 … 245

Day Three

Preston Brown, Louisville … 6-1 … 251

Max Bullough, Michigan St. … 6-4 … 249

Yawin Smallwood*, Connecticut … 6-2 … 246

Brock Coyle, Montana … 6-1 … 245

Lamin Barrow, LSU … 6-1 … 237

Avery Williamson, Kentucky … 6-1 … 246

Marquis Spruill, Syracuse … 6-1 … 231

DeDe Lattimore, South Florida … 6-0 … 237

Glenn Carson, Penn St. … 6-3 … 238

Steele Divitto, Boston College … 6-2 … 241

Jeremiah George, Iowa St. … 5-11 … 234

Sleeper: Tavarius Wilson, North Alabama, 5-11, 239


Mosley plays with excellent instincts. He won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker and was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. A team captain for the Crimson Tide, he won a pair of national championships. ... Borland is always around the ball – finishing his college career with 50 tackles for loss and 14 forced fumbles. ... Skov tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee and broke his tibia in 2011. His speed has been compromised somewhat since then, but he makes up for it with excellent recognition.

Brown projects as a two-down middle linebacker who specializes in stopping the run. He made a pre-draft visit to the Bills. ... Bullough missed the Rose Bowl because of a suspension. He’s limited athletically and like Brown, projects as a two-down player. Smallwood made 238 tackles, including 24.5 for loss, the past two seasons. He’s got three-down ability. ... Coyle put himself on the map with an excellent pro day. He could be an immediate special teams contributor. ... Barrow wore No. 18 at LSU, significant because teammates vote on that number and give it to the player deemed to best represent what it means to be a Tiger. ... Spruill needs to add weight, but he had 40.5 tackles for loss in his career. He played under Bills coach Doug Marrone with the Orange. .... Lattimore’s 337 career tackles ranks second in South Florida history. ... Carson is a converted fullback who led the Nittany Lions with 90 tackles. ... George projects best on the weak side, as he doesn’t get through blocks well.

The News’ 10-page NFL Draft Preview is part of Wednesday’s editions.

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