Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
He is a beast and has natural talent that is unbelievable.
But he might struggle in the NFL. His work ethic has been sub par, this summer was the first time he participated in work outs. He stated it was his first time because when he played at Wisconsin he realized how strong lineman would be at the NFL level.
And teams will stay away due to his personality. He doesn't talk to the media, and he still has to prove he has control of his emotions to not draw excessive penalties.
He is out of position at times but at the college level he makes up for it becuase he is so physically gifted. That won't work out as well in the NFL.
He likes to go at lineman to run them over, which works in college, but it won't in the NFL. His run instincts are top notch, I wouldn't hesitate to say he is the best run-stopping LB in College. He is so good at sliding into his gap and accellerating unbelievably fast to close. But coverage needs to improve a lot as well as his blitzing. Yeah he got 3 sacks in week1, but that was against UC-Davis (and a true frosh LT, lol).
I'm curious how he will time in the 40. I would guess 4.45.
IMO he is a late first rounder (15-25) unless he shows improved coverage and keeps his behavior in line. Then probably picked 10-15.
I'm an ASU guy, like you. And I readily admit to being biased. But there is no way he drops past 15 on account of his work ethic or attitude.
If I'm a coach... I'm looking at him as one of the most physically gifted LBs to come out of college in years. And if any position needs nastiness, it's a linebacker. Besides, he has never had trouble outside of the locker room.
If I had any shred of confidence in my locker room, I'm taking him in a heartbeat. No way he acts a fool surrounded by a couple pro bowl players. The vets will keep him in check.