Father and brother also played for the Seminoles. Highly recruited Florida native. Was a reserve/special-teams player in 2010 when he was credited with 18 tackles, three for loss and three sacks with a pass breakup in 14 games. Started all 13 games at strong-side linebacker in '13, producing 56-6-3 with two pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Was FSU's leading tackler in '12 -- started all 14 games at weakside linebacker and racked up 95-7-0 with three pass breakups and a fumble return touchdown. In '13, started 12 of 13 games played -- first two at middle linebacker, final 10 at SLB -- and totaled 56-8-2 with an interception. Was suspended for the Bethune-Cookman contest and did not start against Boston College.
Looks the part. Physical tackler. Highly athletic. Fast and rangy -- flows laterally and chases sideline to sideline. Willing to take on lead blocks. Drops easily into zone and gets depth. Able to match with tight ends in coverage. Versatile -- has played Will, Sam and defensive end. Looked more explosive off the edge as a senior. Uses his arms and hands to press, tug and rip free. Good flexibility and agility to flatten and shows closing burst to the quarterback. Four-down utility and core special-teams potential. Tough, durable, three-year starter. Loves football and works at it.
Is a bit high-waisted. Average instincts slow his play speed -- still developing diagnostic skills. Hesitates to read and react. Can be more physical at the point of attack. Tends to slip or run around blocks. Needs to improve hand use. Does not jolt blockers and too often gets stuck. Short initial steps as a rush end. Could stand to improve pass-rush arsenal. Power element is missing. Average production -- does not leave his imprint on enough games.
Chiseled, height-weight-speed see-and-go reactor with intriguing athleticism, versatility and upside who shows in flashes, but leaves evaluators wanting more. Is likely to boost his stock during the pre-draft process, and could warrant consideration from 4-3 teams as a Sam or Will, or from 3-4 teams as a rush linebacker. Play will reach another level if/when his processor speed catches up to his physical talent.