Was Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year. Also played basketball and lacrosse. Played the weak side his first three seasons. As a true freshman in 2010, started all 13 games and produced 93 tackles, 2.5 for loss and zero sacks with three pass breakups. Started all nine games played in '11 and notched 74-6-0 with four pass breakups and a forced fumble. Missed three games while nursing a high right ankle sprain. Started all nine games played in '12 and recorded 85-4-2 with three pass breakups. Missed three games after pulling his right quad. Moved to the strong side in '13 when he started all 13 games and registered 108-10.5-6 with an interception.
Tight-skinned, muscular build. Athletic knee-bender. Flows well laterally. Protects his legs and slips blocks. Motivated and hardworking. Productive four-year starter. Combine all-star put on a show in Indianapolis -- ran in the low 4.5s, pumped 28 bench-press reps, posted a 39-inch vertical, recorded a 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump, finished the short shuttle in 4.02 seconds and ran a 6.92-second 3-cone drill.
Needs to improve functional strength. Average eyes and diagnostic skills. Loses sight of the ball, gets sucked in by playaction and takes false steps. Gets knocked out of the hole at the point of attack. Stays wired to blocks. Has man-cover limitations. Has tweener traits -- lacks ideal bulk for linebacker and speed for safety.
Small-framed, experienced, productive, finesse weakside linebacker who has bulked up 15-20 pounds in the last year. Helped himself with an outstanding combine performance, and is best-suited in a fast-flow scheme in which he can utilize his athleticism to run and hit. Has traits to be used on special teams and develop as a nickel linebacker.