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‘Preview’ scouting reports are when I take a look at a small amount of tape and overall output data we have on a non-QB prospect before the NFL Combine and complete a preview report on what I’m seeing before I do a larger scouting study after the NFL Combine or Pro Days. Our computer scouting models cannot function properly without the NFL Combine and/or Pro Day data, so I’m not committing to these scouting reports being my definitive word on the prospect. Using what we have, I wanted to take a glimpse at some of the bigger names to share what I see initially.
This is my quick-take on players from watching a few minutes of game film and looking over their college production numbers in our computer scouting models. I don’t have the measurables and I’m not watching several games and getting in-depth. This is just quick hit scouting to have some context for watching the college all-star bowls.
East-West Shrine Bowl LBs (in no particular order)…
WEST LB Kenneth Olugbode, Colorado (6′1″/220)
— Best season (2016): 115 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks (14 games)
Quick tape: More safety than linebacker. Decent tape; I wasn’t blown away.
WEST LB Kevin Davis, Colorado State (6′2″/238)
— Best season (2015): 101 tackles, 14.0 TFLs, 3.0 sacks (13 games)
Quick tape: Not impressive on tape. Has more safety instincts than ILB instincts (which is where he played in the games I watched).
WEST LB Paul Magloire Jr., Arizona (6′1″/227)
— Best season (2016): 81 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks (10 games)
Quick tape: Hybrid LB/SS. Aggressive hitter. Has some Deion Jones/LSU-Falcons tendencies.
WEST LB Hardy Nickerson Jr., Illinois (6′0″/230)
— Best season (2016): 107 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks. 2 INTs (12 games)
Quick tape: Quick first step. Excellent instincts for sniffing out plays; very football savvy. Sure, aggressive tackler. Is going to play in the league in some capacity. Just a really good, fundamental, energetic football player. He’ll be undervalued in the NFL Draft, I suspect. He’s a player.
WEST LB Calvin Munson, San Diego State (6′1″/240)
— Best season (2015): 98 tackles, 15.0 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 INTs…both returned for TDs. (14 games)
Quick tape: Very quick feet, but not a great inside linebacker. He works more as a 3-4 OLB…can rush the backfield, cover passes…not a great run game defender.
WEST LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (6′5″/230)
— Best season (2016): 62 tackles, 14.0 TFLs, 11.0 sacks, 3 PDs (14 games)
Quick tape: Edge rusher…he’s a DE/OLB, not a traditional linebacker. Great burst and get-up on the pass rush. Slithery around/past blockers with nice closing speed. His future is rushing the pass.