Brian Cushing   #56 LB

Height: 6-3   Weight: 250   Age: 31

Born: 1/24/1987 Park Ridge , NJ

College: USC

Experience: 9th season

High School: Bergen Catholic HS [Oradell, NJ]









Combine 2009


  • Bench Press30.0 reps
  • Broad Jump120.0 inches
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.22 secs
  • 40 Yard Dash4.74 Secs
  • Vertical Jump35.0 inches
  • 3 Cone Drill6.84 secs


Positives: Physical prototype with a combination of excellent size and overall athleticism for the position. Versatile. Signed with USC as a potential strong safety candidate, but has played defensive end, strong-side linebacker and even middle linebacker. Physical and intense. Big hitter who looks to intimidate opponents with his physicality in every phase of the game. Attacks blocks aggressively and flashes not only explosiveness but ferocity as a tackler. Good straight-line speed. Good flexibility to turn and run with tight ends and backs in coverage. Reads the quarterback well and can break on the ball. Productive pass rusher who is equally effective as an end and blitzing linebacker. Immediate standout performer who started for USC as a freshman. Negatives: Has struggled with injuries throughout his career, missing five games due to a shoulder separation in 2005 and three games in 2007 due to a high ankle sprain, as well as undergoing surgery after the 2006 (shoulder) and 2007 (knee) spring practices. Relies on his athletic ability rather than his upper body strength to defeat blocks too often. Can overrun the play and allow for cutback opportunities. Mistakes often covered up by the surrounding talent at USC.