Join Date: Apr 2008
Re: Bob McGinn on 2014 NFL
Originally Posted by mussop
Got some votes...
In the Journal Sentinel polls at linebacker,
11 scouts from 3-4 teams and eight from 4-3 teams were asked scheme-specific questions on the five best outside and inside players to fit their defenses. The only proviso was that a player couldn't be named in each linebacker poll or in the defensive polls coming Tuesday.
Here are the results:
Inside linebacker in a 3-4: C.J. Mosley, 54 points (10 first-place votes); Ryan Shazier, 38 (one); Chris Borland, 33; Shayne Skov, Telvin Smith and Kyle Van Noy, five; Max Bullough, four; Preston Brown, Christian Jones, Christian Kirksey and Jordan Tripp, three; Khairi Fortt and Yawin Smallwood, two; and Lamin Barrow, Glenn Carson, Andrew Jackson, Avery Williamson and Jordan Zumwalt, one.
Outside linebacker in a 3-4: Khalil Mack, 47 points (three firsts); Jadeveon Clowney, 44 (eight firsts); Anthony Barr, 31; Dee Ford, 16; Marcus Smith, eight; Demarcus Lawrence, six; Jeremiah Attoachu, five; Kyle Van Noy, four; Scott Crichton, three; and Kony Ealy, one.
Middle linebacker in a 4-3: C.J. Mosley, 40 points (unanimous, eight firsts); Chris Borland, 29; Preston Brown, 21; Shayne Skov, eight; Jordan Zumwalt, five; Andrew Jackson, four; Ryan Shazier and Avery Williamson, three; Khairi Fortt and Anthony Hitchens, two; and Max Bullough, James Morris and Yawin Smallwood, one.
Outside linebacker in a 4-3: Khalil Mack, 39 (seven firsts); Ryan Shazier, 26 (one); Anthony Barr, 25; Kyle Van Noy, 11; Carl Bradford and Marcus Smith, four; Telvin Smith, three; Marquis Flowers and Christian Kirksey, two; and Jeremiah George, Adrian Hubbard, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Jordan Tripp, one.
Derrell Johnson, OLB, East Carolina: Reminded one scout of James Harrison, the remarkably strong former Steelers all-pro. Johnson (6-1½, 257, 4.74) registered 19 sacks as a three-year starter playing both up and down. Harrison, a free agent from Kent State, was cut several times before he found himself.
Howard Jones, OLB, Shepherd: Amassed 35 sacks in four seasons at the Division II level. Incredibly athletic player with a 40½-inch vertical jump and 4.55 40. Should have been even more dominant. Held back by marginal instincts and intelligence.
QUOTE TO NOTE
NFL personnel man: "I hate when a linebacker gets lazy. 'OK, so I'm not going to make that play. It's about 10 yards downfield. I'm just going to coast right now.' That (expletive) me off. Just play all-out, for crying out loud."