Originally posted by 23zack80:Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Mario Harvey, LB, Marshall. This kid is a monster sleeper.
I think the 49ers really should take a look at this guy, but sadly.. I fear they will overlook him. He'd be an outstanding TED. He will get drafted without question, but no one knows about him, at least around here based on how much he's talked about.
* Harvey has played both the OLB and ILB positions.
* He weighed in at 5-11 250 and clocked a 4.46 at his pro day, while putting up a 32-inch vertical.
* This year he put up outstanding numbers: 143 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 3 FF, 7 passes knocked down. He had three multi-sack games this year.
Where do you see him being drafted? He seems like a perfect fit next to Willis in the 3-4/4-3 hybrid defense the 49ers will probably run. If they can't get Miller in the first, he could be a nice consolation later in the draft.
Due to his small size, I would expect him to go late in the 6th or 7th round. 5th is possible if a team really loves him. Teams typically don't draft 5-10 1/2 linebackers until late. But Harvey, who clocked in the 4.3's back when he was about 240, is just too fast and too productive not to be drafted. Harvey's 40 would've bested every draft eligible linebacker this off-season, unless you count Dontay Moch who was categorized as a defensive lineman at the combine.
The man is unbelievably thick and incredibly well-built to take on blockers. The guy isn't just fast either, and showed in agility drills he can hang just as well if not better than the other higher-projected players.
I think we put too much stock sometimes in size and speed. For a TED backer, I don't care if he's under six feet tall. If he can overpower people with his tremendous strength as well as fly around the field and make plays with his athleticism, I want that kid on my team. Hey, he may not do anything in the NFL, but I hope the 49ers are the team to give him that chance. I feel he would be a tremendous fit for Fangio's pressure-package heavy defense.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Mar 28, 2011 at 21:02:55 ]