Photo of Corey Linsley
Grade
5.1 ?
  • 36 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 27.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 296LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Started in 26 of 42 career games played. 2013: First-team All-Big Ten selection after starting in all 14 games. 2012: Honorable mention All-Big Ten pick after moving to center, where he started all 12 games. 2011: Played 10 games as a reserve at multiple positions. 2010: Played in six games. 2009: Redshirted. Misc.: Benches more than 500 pounds.

Analysis

Strengths

Stout base. Works to re-anchor. Jolting punch. Strong upper body to latch onto and control defenders in short area. Generates movement in the run game. Understands angles and positioning. Excellent weight-room strength -- bench-presses 500 pounds and squats a small house. Smart and dependable. Communicated all the line calls and checks. Is tough and will play hurt. Hardworking team captain with leadership traits.

Weaknesses

Has short arms. More strong than explosive -- doesn’t roll his hips and blow nose tackles off the ball. Falls off blocks when he bends at the waist. Pedestrian foot athlete -- slow to cut off linebackers, labors to pull and lacks lateral quickness to recover when beaten. Stressed by quicker rushers.

Bottom Line

Strong-bodied, heavy-handed, short-area mauler who anchored one of the nation’s most physical, productive rushing attacks. Has athletic limitations, but compensates with strength, smarts and competitiveness. Has the makeup to overachieve, and could increase his value by proving versatile enough to back up at guard.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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