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2017 Devy Report: Linebackers and Defensive Backs 


By Josh Johnson, DFW Senior Writer and Co-Owner @Josh_DFWPulse


LINEBACKERS

Raekwon McMillan / Ohio State / 6’2″ / 240

  • Clearly the captain of the Buckeye D, often seen barking out signal and adjustments Raekwon-McMillan-091314-480-wide-x-320-high
  • Very quick and light on his feet which are always dancing
  • Able bodied pass rusher but he is also highly dependable in zone coverage
  • Could be very handy in a Tampa 2 scheme
  • Seems to influence every play, even if he is not making the tackle he causes the play to move in the other direction
  • Has been known to over pursued at times but he has the speed to give chase and he makes up ground quickly

Jalen Reeves-Maybin / Tennessee / 6′ / 225 635872633805868860-Outback-17

  • Potential hybrid player in the vein of Su’a Cravens and Eric Striker (better tackler than both)
  • Trustworthy in zone coverage even against speedy slot WRs
  • Play mostly as one of two LBs on the field for the Vols
  • Needs to work on shedding blocks as he is not overly successful when engaged squarely
  • Struggles to hip pocket in man-to-man coverage, will also bit on fakes

Kendall Beckwith /LSU / 6’2 / 253 beckwith

  • He was asked to spy Dak Prescott (after Prescott ran for 105 yards vs LSU 2014). Beckwith held Prescott to -19 yards on 10 carries in 2015 game
  • He could be stickier in coverage
  • Very smart laterally as he holds his ground and he does not get sucked up into the line
  • Might be best as a 3-4 ILB in the NFL

Reuben Foster /Alabama / 6’1″ / 240

  • Just like those before him (C.J. Mosley & Reggie Ragland) Foster is a sideline to sideline instinctual -ebccd24ee80e272ebattering ram
  • He was second on Alabama in tackles in 2015 (Ragland was 1st)
  • Foster recorded 8 TFLs which is impressive for the stay at home backer of the scheme
  • He recorded zero INTs but he broke up 9 passes
  • Great in coverage and he has the gusto to jump routes at times
  • Explosive hitter who doesn’t just make the tackle he stops people dead in their tracks and often send them backwards

Jarrad Davis / Florida / 6’2″ / 230 http---static.silverchalice.co-ci-prod-2016-03-30-20160330191034_jarrad_davis_jpg

  • Truly understands his gap responsibility and he thwarts his lane relentlessly
  • Lacks top end speed but does take smart angles to make a play
  • Could excel at any LB position, ILB would be the best match however
  • His solid motor combined with excellent instincts and patience should make at least a 2nd round talent

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Jabrill Peppers  / Michigan / 6’1″ / 205

  • Potentially the most versatile Wolverine athlete since Charles Woodson (plays CB, FS, SS, LB, 496746386ec984844808ef239754c42aaa791af4dc9cbcc1a8d8a1942d4542db_largeKR/PR, RB and WR)
  • Will likely settle in at strong safety in the NFL
  • Aggressive in coverage and he can press WRs, TEs and RBs
  • Obviously he is a play maker but he tends to go for the big game-changing tackle, rather than wrapping up below the waist
  • His acceleration and dangling agility are more impression than whatever his combine 40 time will be
  • Should easily run a sub-7 second 3-cone

Eddie Jackson / Alabama / 6′ / 190 hi-res-eee509f52a24db5899fc97cd2cf6bb54_crop_north

  • A true ball hawk who is able to stop and start with precision
  • Not a bulldozer but his speed will chop people down in the open field
  • Talented enough to play all over the secondary and in any type of coverage
  • He is an angle crushing maven who plays with hunger and drive
  • He projects as a turnover causing free safety
  • A crossbreed HaHa Clinton-Dix and Byron Jones

Jamal Adams / LSU / 6’1 / 211

  • Singles up with taller talent and blankets them dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls
  • Can play in-the-box or single high
  • Also excels in hybrid role as a lateral patrol officer
  • Tackles like a bear-trap as he clamps down on the lower leg and holds firm
  • Does need some angle refinement as he will bite on inside play action if in-the-box
  • Has been seen getting tossed around by some bigger blockers