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Drafted By: Bills
  • Round 3
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 73

Combine Results

5.36 ?
  • 4.86 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.98 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.26 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The more I watched of him, the more I thought he could play three downs. He's a bit of a throwback type of player." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 251LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands


Cincinnati native. Appeared in all 13 games in 2010 and recorded 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack. Played strongside linebacker in 2011, starting 11 of 13 games and producing 84 tackles, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Did not start against Marshall (gave way to extra defensive back) and Syracuse. Moved to middle linebacker in 2012 when he started all 13 games and racked up 109 tackles, three tackles for loss and no sacks with four pass breakups and an interception. Was the Cardinals' leading tackler for the second straight season in 2013, amassing 98 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks with a pass breakup, three forced fumbles and a 48-yard fumble return touchdown.



Outstanding size. Physical tackler. Steps downhilll and attacks the run with the proper shoulder. Good eyes and instincts. Delivers some pop on contact and strikes with force. Experienced three-year starter. Good football intelligence -- makes the calls and lines up a defense. Has large hands and a big wing span for his size.


Shows some tightness in his movement. Struggles to carry backs and match up with athletic tight ends in man coverage. Limited depth in coverage drops -- is best in small areas. Average coverage instincts. Requires some motivation.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Aggressive, high-collision 'Mike' linebacker best paired with a demanding position coach who will extract the most from him. Could be most ideally suited as a two-down thumper vs. the run.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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.