A.J. Klein   #53 OLB

Height: 6-1   Weight: 240   Age: 28

Born: 7/30/1991 Appleton , WI

College: Iowa State

Experience: 7th season

High School: Kimberly HS [WI]

TCKL

69

SCK

2.5

FF

1

INT

1

Combine 2013

Combine
Stats:

  • 40 Yard Dash4.66 Secs
  • Vertical Jump inches
  • Bench Press20.0 reps
  • Broad Jump113.0 inches

Strengths

Klein is a three year starter that served as the leader for the Iowa State football team. Fiery. Active and instinctual linebacker who plays all three positions in the stack. Klein is a very intilligent and instinctual football player. He reads his keys well, trusts what he sees, and very rarely takes false steps, or wastes motions. Flashes quickness to the ball due to great hustle and immediate play recognition. Scrapes adeptly, finding his way across the formation to stuff runs. Uses his hands to swipe off oncoming blockers, and fight through traffic. Takes on blocks well before shedding. Stacks running backs in the hole, stops their momentum. Does a good job getting proper depth in his drops, while never losing sight of the quarterback. Knocks receivers off their routes. Gets his hands on the football, and has displayed the ability to make the interception, and return it for the score. (four pick-six plays in his career).

Weaknesses

Lacks elite straight-line and recovery speed. Struggles to in man coverage. Cannot consistently run down plays from the back side. Inconsistent breaking down to make stops in space. Lacks great flexibility to turn the corner as a pass rusher or adjust to elusive ballcarriers, can slip off tackles when coming in too high.