I haven’t heard anyone mention him for us. I get that he’s a linebacker but he “looks” like a prototypical 3-4 OLB. There’s a lot of projection there because that’s not really the style he played much of the time at VT but he’s pretty good at rushing when asked to do so. He’s a complete freak of an athelete. He’s probably a project in the pass rushing role but has tons of upside with NFL bloodlines. No one really talked much about Mark Barron when we picked him (for good reason it turns out) so I’m just trying to cover bases here. His value might be more in line with the 7th pick than Vea for some people, but if we go with a project is he a better option than Davenport? Seems worth a discussion at least.
I have to agree with what some have said here, that he appears as a project player, trying to fit multiple roles (tweener as they say). He had good production at rushing the passer as a linebacker and his size is not bad at all. NFL.com has him at 6’5″ and 250lbs, but he’s putting his hand in the dirt, he’ll probably want to add a few more pounds.
Leonard Floyd had a similar build and looked decent in Chicago, so I don’t want to say I’d rule it out entirely of the discussion. Considering our need for a pass rusher and edge presence, he has to be on the board, perhaps quite a ways down however. He seems to be a better pass rushing prospect than Davenport, but I have to admit I have never seen a single UTSA game.
We’ll have before us an opportunity to take a slam-dunk player at #7… Barkley, or Chubb, or Nelson, or Vita Vea… Why would we choose a project with this high of a pick when there’s going to be a guaranteed Pro-Bowl type player at a position of need available for us?
He has a great bloodline and will be a player in this league. His father played TE for the Dolphins and Seahawks, one of his brothers is the 3rd string RB for the Saints and his other brother that plays Saftey is coming out this year as well. They are from my hometown and Ferrell the father was an assistant coach of mine my senior year in college.
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