2016 NFL Draft Prospects: Linebackers

By Aaron Hyden
PSDC College Football Contributor

As the game of football continues to evolve, the linebacker position continues changing with it. With different defensive fronts, hybrid schemes and better athletes comes a different direction for the position. You have LBs that are strictly on the field to provide a pass rush, and are basically players who were defensive ends, but are too light to play DE anymore. You have the “traditional” LBs, who stay in their spots and rack up the tackle stats, playing sideline-to-sideline. It seems like every team has a different fit, and therefore, a different set of ‘Backers to play with. This is another loaded position in the Draft, with plenty of names fighting it out for first-round spots.

1. Scooby Wright, ILB/OLB, Arizona – Wright isn’t someone that you would refer to as an elite level athlete. He runs a 4.65 40, which isn’t bad at all, but compared to the 4.4’s and 4.5’s that some LBs run, his number doesn’t jump out at you. What he doesn’t have in elite athleticism, he makes up for it with world class instincts and a motor that simply doesn’t stop. When you watch an Arizona game, you’d swear that Wright ends each of them with 20+ tackles. He’s around the football like he was playing on offense, whether it’s making tackles, stuffing the run, pressuring the quarterback, forcing fumbles, and so on. His 2014 numbers (163 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, six forced fumbles) are what your LBs would get if you fired up a season in NCAA Football on your PS3.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

If there’s anything people can point to and say Wright needs to improve at it, it would be his pass coverage. Some would tell you it doesn’t matter much, though, because that isn’t what his game is. He can sometimes fall into a one-dimensional spell when it comes to his pass rush moves, but that is something that he can easily improve on, making him an even better prospect for 2016. [Read more…]

Georgia DC Todd Grantham joins Petrino at Louisville

By Robert Murphy
PSDC Staff

News broke Sunday that Georgia Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham would be leaving the program to join Bobby Petrino in the same position at Louisville. Grantham, who had been widely criticized over the past two seasons for the performance of his defense, received a guaranteed five-year contract worth $1M per year, an annual raise of roughly $150k. Grantham’s new boss, Petrino, is certainly familiar with playing the ‘embattled coach’ role.

Photo Credit: dawgsports.com

Photo Credit: dawgsports.com

After several stints in the NFL, Grantham joined the UGA program before the 2010 season, and implemented the popular 3-4 defensive scheme. After a 2011 season that saw Georgia finish No. 5 in total defense, 2012 and 2013 provided growing frustration among the fan base. That frustration came to a boil after a 2013 season that saw Georgia give up an average of 29 points per game and rank 45th nationally in total defense. The excuse that the players were young doesn’t hold water, as the 2012 team, loaded with NFL draft picks, finished 32nd. [Read more…]

2013 NFL Draft Review: Denver Broncos, Rounds 4-7

By Bryan Douglass
PSDC Go-To Guy

Round 5, Pick 146: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Chicago Bears, Rounds 4-7

By Joe Hines
PSDC Chicago Guru

Round 5, Pick 163: Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Washington Redskins, Round 4-7

By Bryan Douglass
PSDC Go-To Guy

Round 4, Pick 119: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Kansas City Chiefs, Rounds 4-7

By Jonah Grotz
PSDC Writer

Round 4, Pick 99: Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama

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2013 NFL Draft Review: New Orleans Saints, Rounds 2-3

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Stat Man

Round 3, Pick 75: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Pittsburgh Steelers, Round 1

By Garrett Franskousky
PSDC Contributor

Round 1, Pick 17: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

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2013 NFL Draft Review: St. Louis Rams, Round 1

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

Round 1, Pick 8:  Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Round 1, Pick 30: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

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