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    NFL scouts aren't sure whether to play him at linebacker or strong
    safety. But somebody will draft him, put him on the field somewhere and
    he will do what he has always done -- tackle people. He worked hard to
    get this far, so being told he is too small won't phase him.


    He has pass coverage and ball reaction
    instincts to be an excellent nickel linebacker.

    Tough player with excellent instincts and quick reaction time,
    involves himself in many run and pass plays all over the field.
    Occasionally guesses, flying into holes instead of finding the ball then
    attacking it and leaving his area open to receivers and running lanes.




    Run defense: Plays mostly in the box, flies through creases to
    wrap up the legs of backs trying to find a hole or attempting to get to
    the sideline. Despite his lack of size, attacks oncoming linemen with a
    punch or stiff-arm into their chest and makes tackles in the box with
    blockers on his back. Gives and gets the worst of collisions inside.




    Pass defense: Strong in coverage, often used as the only
    linebacker on the field against spread defenses. Possesses the quickness
    to stay with running backs on wheel routes or trail across the middle.
    Stays with underneath routes while in zone, able to break up passes in
    front of receivers with front hand without interfering. Gives up size to
    most NFL-caliber tight ends and better backs separate during routes
    with length and strength. Bites on aggressive arrow routes, loses his
    balance when trying to change directions at times.


    Tackling: Hustling chase tackler who hits the thighs and wraps up
    legs very effectively. Tries to strip the ball when tackle is secured,
    has good success even against tight ends. Bigger ballcarriers can
    stiff-arm him in the open field because of his lack of size and length,
    but it does not happen too often

    from cbssports.com
    Round1: AA-Ron Donald, DT, Pitt
    Round2: Kareem Martin, UNC, DE
    Round3: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
    Round4: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
    Round5: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
    Round5: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

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    Re: Lavonte David

    He has enormous tackle production throughout his two years
    at Nebraska, posting over 260 tackles in his short time there. Instincts
    are the key to his game, as he always seems to be in the middle of
    action whether rushing the passer or covering tight ends. Lavonte will
    need to stay off blocks at the next level and either gain strength to
    shed linemen or continue to play instinctually to stay free entirely.
    His athletic ability allows him to play loose and fly around, and he
    should go in the late first round to a team who loves undersized,
    athletic linebackers.






    Analysis




    Strengths

    Lavonte has speed that is evident from the
    second the play starts. He is an instinctive player who is able to read
    offensive lines and trigger to get to the spot he needs to be. He
    understands angles and leveraging himself when taking on blocks, which
    allow him to overcome his size deficiency. His footwork is fluid in
    transition and when moving laterally, he routinely fits up against
    running backs in the hole and stonewalls them at the point. He can
    pursue against the run to the outside and use his instincts to meet
    players where they ultimately will be, and rarely whiffs on tackles. He
    can cover tight ends close in man and works well in zone coverage as he
    has natural, fluid hips to turn and pass set.




    Weaknesses

    David is undersized, and he can struggle at
    times when lineman get their hands on him on run plays. If he is free he
    hits the gap hard, but once engaged he attempts to use his strong hands
    to fight away. He can cover in the long-term against tight ends but can
    also struggle in man against them at the line of scrimmage if they
    overpower him initially. Speed and savvy can often overshadow these size
    and strength hitches in Lavonte's game, but they could be exposed more
    at the next level.

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    Round1: AA-Ron Donald, DT, Pitt
    Round2: Kareem Martin, UNC, DE
    Round3: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
    Round4: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
    Round5: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
    Round5: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

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    [quote user="Neverend"]I've been a big fan of lavonte david's for months now

    The reason why he doesn't get a lot of talk on here is because people here believe the giants don't need an OLB, because obviously david isn't an ILB. Yet somehow so many people are convinced the giants "need" an OT

    But I honestly believe if he's the BPA and makes it to 64 (As undersized players tend to fall), the giants will pick him. David has the rare combination of instincts + athleticism that you see in all the great linebackers in our league and in nfl history. Just doesn't have the bulk to be considered a 1st round prospect, unfortunately (despite the fact that he is usually excellent at disengaging/slipping blockers and isnt any worse than kuechly in that area)[/quote]

    The biggest problem with Lavonte David is we don't have a place for him. He's a little too small for a SAM or MLB and tends to get engulfed by blockers when he's played at those spots.

    His best work is at the WILL position (which he is excellent at) and we already have Boley and JWIll at that spot.

    Not a whole lot of room on his frame to gain weight either. He's listed as 6'1, 233 but he's more like 6'0 225 (6'0.5 I believe is his actual).

    I could very easily see this guy as being the Eagles' second round pick unfortunately. He's the exact type of LBer they like.
    I don't always root for the Cowboys but when I do I wear my pink Jessica Simpson edition Romo jersey. (yes I lost a bet)

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    [quote user="michaelkhan3"]I read in some website can't remember where that the Giants may move Boley inside to MLB then this guy could come in and start at WOLB but I'm not sure if I would be happy with Boley at MLB
    [/quote]

    Start over JWill?
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    [quote user="Kruunch"][quote user="Neverend"]I've been a big fan of lavonte david's for months now

    The reason why he doesn't get a lot of talk on here is because people here believe the giants don't need an OLB, because obviously david isn't an ILB. Yet somehow so many people are convinced the giants "need" an OT

    But I honestly believe if he's the BPA and makes it to 64 (As undersized players tend to fall), the giants will pick him. David has the rare combination of instincts + athleticism that you see in all the great linebackers in our league and in nfl history. Just doesn't have the bulk to be considered a 1st round prospect, unfortunately (despite the fact that he is usually excellent at disengaging/slipping blockers and isnt any worse than kuechly in that area)[/quote]

    The biggest problem with Lavonte David is we don't have a place for him. He's a little too small for a SAM or MLB and tends to get engulfed by blockers when he's played at those spots.

    His best work is at the WILL position (which he is excellent at) and we already have Boley and JWIll at that spot.

    Not a whole lot of room on his frame to gain weight either. He's listed as 6'1, 233 but he's more like 6'0 225 (6'0.5 I believe is his actual).

    I could very easily see this guy as being the Eagles' second round pick unfortunately. He's the exact type of LBer they like.[/quote]MAybe as the 3rd safety taking over for Deion Grant??
    Round1: AA-Ron Donald, DT, Pitt
    Round2: Kareem Martin, UNC, DE
    Round3: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
    Round4: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
    Round5: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
    Round5: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

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    Re: Lavonte David

    [quote user="Kase-1"][quote user="Kruunch"][quote user="Neverend"]I've been a big fan of lavonte david's for months now

    The reason why he doesn't get a lot of talk on here is because people here believe the giants don't need an OLB, because obviously david isn't an ILB. Yet somehow so many people are convinced the giants "need" an OT

    But I honestly believe if he's the BPA and makes it to 64 (As undersized players tend to fall), the giants will pick him. David has the rare combination of instincts + athleticism that you see in all the great linebackers in our league and in nfl history. Just doesn't have the bulk to be considered a 1st round prospect, unfortunately (despite the fact that he is usually excellent at disengaging/slipping blockers and isnt any worse than kuechly in that area)[/quote]

    The biggest problem with Lavonte David is we don't have a place for him. He's a little too small for a SAM or MLB and tends to get engulfed by blockers when he's played at those spots.

    His best work is at the WILL position (which he is excellent at) and we already have Boley and JWIll at that spot.

    Not a whole lot of room on his frame to gain weight either. He's listed as 6'1, 233 but he's more like 6'0 225 (6'0.5 I believe is his actual).

    I could very easily see this guy as being the Eagles' second round pick unfortunately. He's the exact type of LBer they like.[/quote]MAybe as the 3rd safety taking over for Deion Grant??
    [/quote]

    A Nickel package with 3 LBers in a 4-3 C2 scheme is called a base defense hehe.

    He's good in coverage but not THAT good.
    I don't always root for the Cowboys but when I do I wear my pink Jessica Simpson edition Romo jersey. (yes I lost a bet)

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    Re: Lavonte David

    Sideline to sideline range, kind of small -- but physical. I like Mychal Kendricks more though, he can play inside and we can just keep Boley outside.

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