The following notes of note are snippets that were taken at live practices, practice tape and game tape. Ourlads NFL Scouting Services studied over 600 players from seven college all-star games. The East-West Shrine Game: Steven Erzinger (Army) – 6007, 219. Undersized linebacker with a military commitment. Najee Goode (West Virginia) – 6001, 245. Was an inconsistent tackler during the week. Needs to get stronger to disengage from big linemen. Tendency to get tied up too long. Max Gruder (Pittsburgh) – 6011, 235. A versatile linebacker who has experience at all three linebacker positions. Played mostly on the weakside during the week of practice. Instinctive, plays square, but is an average athlete. Josh Linam (Central Florida) – 6021, 245. Inconsistent tackler, struggled with speed to the perimeter. A tackle to tackle linebacker. Brandon Lindsey (Pittsburgh) – 6015, 255, hands 10 ¾”. Plays best when his hand is on the ground rushing off the edge. Heavy legs. Can be single blocked by a back. Flashes first step quickness. Question speed. Shawn Loiseau (Merrimack) – 6002, 241. Was a sideline to sideline player during the week. Active. Good instincts. Lacks strength at the point of attack. Can get turned in the hole. Kyle Wilber (Wake Forest) – 6035, 249. Flashes a quick burst off the edge. Plays low and with leverage to press the pocket. Good lateral quickness. May be a 3-4 pass rush specialist. Gave problems to almost every offensive lineman with his motor and double moves. Jerry Franklin (Arkansas) – 6011, 241, arms 33 ¼”. Will play high at times and the blockers get to his legs. Steven Johnson (Kansas) – 6002, 241. Instinctive player who can sniff out screens. Has a tendency to take bad cross field angles on the ball carrier.
Brandon Marshall (Nevada) – 6012, 254, arms 33 3/8”, hands 10 1/8”. A three-down linebacker with good instincts. Plays with a good motor and finishes long and short pursuit. Alert, athletic, and explosive in his play. Can run with his target in man to man coverage or drop into zone. Ronnie Thornton (Southern Mississippi) – 6015, 247, arms 33 1/8”. Hesitant to read and react at times. When he sees the ball he reacts up to make a play. Josh Kaddu (Oregon) – 6026, 235, arms 33 ¼”. Doesn’t stay blocked. Quick to disengage and shed. Athletic with good change of direction. A run and hit linebacker who will contribute on all special teams’ coverage units. Tank Carder (TCU) – 6022, 236. Plays square and bounces around on his toes. Breaks up quickly on the ball in front of him. Will contribute on coverage teams.