Top Inside Linebackers 2011 NFL Draft
By Rafael Garcia Sr. Contributing Writer-Southeast Region
Football Reporters Online
1. Martez Wilson ILB Illinois 6’4″ 250 lbs. 40 Time: 4.49 Bench@225: 23x Jr.
Wilson is a sound all around ILB and finished up as one of the leading tacklers in the country. He has the ability and speed to slice through the defense and make the tackle in the backfield. Shows good moves when forced to the outside to make the tackle. Has the speed to get to the quarterback or to the sideline. Uses his long arms to keep opponent at bay and then uses those arms to get around his man for the tackle. Is able to follow play once he reads it and will hustle all the time. In pass defense he can keep up with receivers and uses his hands to knock them off their routes. Will affect the passing game with his length and effective in zone coverage. Has to work on reading the play faster to more of an impact. Will need to add bulk to his frame for the NFL. Has the habit of over pursuing the play because he is so aggressive trying to get to the quarterback. Finds himself lost in coverage due to lack of anticipation and gets cut blocked too often. His lack of flexibility will make it hard for him to fit into a 3-4 or 4-3. Showed poor footwork during Pro Day. Projected Round: 2
2. Quan Sturdivant ILB North Carolina 6’1″ 241 lbs. 40 Time: 4.65 Bench@225: 21x Sr.
Sturdivant is an excellent gap tackler and a big hit linebacker. He is very consistent, instinctive and aggressive. Has excellent straight-line speed and gets a lot of tackles. Has very good work ethic and loves to work hard. Good lateral movement and pursuit. Good athleticism and awareness that keeps him around the ball a lot. Very quick off the line of scrimmage to beat opponent to spot of the ball. Needs to back off some on his aggressiveness as it leads him to find himself out of the play. Will make tackle but he lacks execution and technique. Needs to work upper body strength and the use of his hands on his man. Struggles a bit with change of direction that results in blown pass coverage. He depends on his speed too much when it comes to making the play. Must get better at breaking free from initial block. Does not have the best agility and base so he will have to work on that too. Projected Round: 2