Combine measurables: 6 feet, 245 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.89 seconds. Bench press: 19 reps. Vertical jump: 28½ inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.11 seconds.
Career stats: 51 games, 358 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles.
Draft projection: Second round.
Lowdown: A five-year member of Missouri’s program, he started three seasons at inside linebacker. … Highly instinctive and natural play-maker. … Superb tackler who was the nation’s overwhelming leader with 152 tackles in 12 games last season. … Shows excellent range and moves well laterally. … Does an outstanding job of shedding blockers, highly explosive and is strong at the point of attack. … Effective blitzer. … A bit stiff with his movement and overeager biting on play fakes, which could make it difficult for him in man-to-man coverage. … Good fit in both a 3-4 scheme and on the strong side in a 4-3. … Makes a solid contribution on special teams. … Doesn’t have ideal height or arm length (30¾ inches) for an inside linebacker. … NFL team that can get past the height issue will likely end up with a dependable and highly productive player.
They said it: “You’ve got to be impressed with the way he flows to the ball. He plays through trash, he gets through blocks. He stays on his feet. He just has a great knack for being where the action is.” – ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
– Vic Carucci
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