Curtis Grant IB (Ohio State) – 6030, 238. Was a late addition. Good initial read and react. Quick moving downhill along with good lateral movement. Did not look physical taking on blocks as he gets locked up and looked to go back door. Hayes Pullard IB (Southern Cal) – 6000, 236. A good athlete with quick change of direction. Very aggressive but tends to play out of control. Attacks downhill often without redirecting to the ball. Can get knocked upright. Overpowered at times and struggles with fits. Jeff Luc IB (Cincinnati) – 6000, 263. Athletic in his play tackle to tackle. When he sees it, he takes good angles and attacks the blocker with good leverage. Physical attacking blocks. Will get wired to a defender at times. Has limited range. Denzel Perryman IB (Miami) – 5110, 242. Brief exposure due to injury. Has good tools and a nose for the ball. Solid in pass drops with good zone technique. Only practiced one day due to abdominal injury. Stephone Anthony IB (Clemson) – 6020, 245. Aggressive attacking downhill and takes on blocks well. Plays at a good pad level with good shed technique. Has some power to go with his outstanding agility. Good instincts and nose for the ball. Terrance Plummer IB (Central Florida) – 5110, 235. Late addition and only had one practice. Aggressive in reactions, but did not locate the ball or redirect off blocks well. Questionable overall agility and instincts. Amarlo Herrera IB (Georgia) – 6000, 243. Good initial quickness when he reads and reacts. Has good technique shooting his hands when attacking a block. Quick change of direction. Reacts well with no wasted movement. Can get out of position but outstanding agility allows him to recover quickly. Zack Hodges OB (Harvard) – 6030, 242. Struggled with the step up in competition and was easily controlled by the blocker. Was knocked around and injured and did not finish Wednesday’s practice. Flashed some athletic ability but struggled with the physical part and did not appear explosive. Jordan Hicks OB (Texas) – 6010, 241. Decent agility with good instincts. More of a lateral movement player than downhill. Some hesitation in his initial read and will take a false step at times. Lynden Trail OB (Norfolk State) – 6060, 262. Big raw talent that struggled with the nuances of linebacker play. Lacks suddenness in change of direction. Decent first step but did not always bring his feet when attacking a blocker. Lorenzo Mauldin OB (Louisville) – 6040, 256. Was physical playing over a tight end. Good upper body strength and power. Played well with his hand on the ground in pass rush drills. Good quickness at the snap. Sudden hands and ability to turn the corner. Geneo Grissom OB (Oklahoma) – 6030, 264. Played both defensive end and outside linebacker in practice. Got the most exposure backed off of any of the outside linebackers. Quick with his hands over a tight end, but did get locked up at times. Martrell Spaight OB (Arkansas) – 6000, 232. Tracks well moving downhill. Hustles in pursuit and has outstanding agility. Redirects quickly in pass run reads and plays well in space. Not the most physical attacking blocks and can be knocked upright.
EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME
Cole Farrand (Maryland) – 6030, 244. A tackle to tackle instinctive thumper who is tough and physical, but is a fringe athlete. Not a space player. A two down linebacker who struggles in coverage. Amarlo Herrera (Georgia) – 6010, 247. Is a good athlete with top level instincts. Plays square up and down the line of scrimmage, filling the running lanes. Physical in the running game and awareness in coverage. Quayshawn Nealy (Georgia Tech) – 6002, 237. Sudden to read and react to fill running lanes. Shorter arms and smaller hands than ideal. A solid wrap up tackler who can break down and tackle in space. Deiontrez Mount (Louisville) – 6051, 243. Impressed as a Sam linebacker setting the edge and playing square to the sideline keeping his outside arm free. Also received work as a standup inside backer and was quick to read, react, and attack downhill. Versatile and valuable. Edmond Robinson (Newberry) – 6031, 251. A developmental small school talent who got better during the week and play by play during the game. Good effort on special teams’ coverage. Good athletic ability and straight line speed. Jake Ryan (Michigan) – 6026, 238. Always waiting at the pass. Constricts the running lanes and at this point is a two down linebacker who needs work in coverage. Will be a special teams’ core player. Bryce Hager (Baylor) – 6010, 230. Plays well in space. A hustle player who gets in on plays all over the field. Fast, quick, and instinctive. Ben Heeney (Kansas) – 6001, 226. Like Bryce Hager, the Big 12 forces linebackers to excel in space. A downhill face-up tackler who is instinctive. A beast on special teams’ coverage. Wrap up tackler. Taiwan Jones (Michigan State) – 6024, 258. Long arms and big hands help him control blockers at the point of attack. Plays faster in person than he appears on film. May be a three down linebacker in certain coverage schemes. Good on special teams. Zach Vigil (Utah State) – 6020, 238. Another West linebacker who is sudden to read and react. It was fun to see the race to the ball carrier between all these high statistical tackling machines. Vigil does a superb job of finishing plays. AJ Tarpley (Stanford) – 6002, 233. An instinctive run and hit linebacker in the weakside Cover 2 mold. He demonstrated his mobility, agility, and hostility during practice. James Vaughters (Stanford) – 6017, 258. Struggled in practice and in the game as a space player. Overran plays and was out of control. Best position may be an inside 3-4 linebacker.