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.
</p>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.
</p>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