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Old 03-03-2012, 04:52 PM    (permalink
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Enough. I mean, look at this marvelous tape of his:



He looks like 1st round talent in that video.

His instincts are very, very good. Second only to Keuchly in this draft as far as linebackers go.

His burst, explosiveness downhill, and closing speed is all great. Pretty much up to par with Zach Brown

He's slightly undersized, but plays much larger than frame suggests. Has extremely good technique and hand punch when engaging with lineman. And does an excellent job slipping them from time to time.

Everything about this guy translates to great success at the next level. Yet, he never gets the love other linebackers in this draft are getting. Might be one of the most overlooked prospects this spring.
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I agree. If I'm looking for an athletic LB and am not too concerned about size, I'd take him over Zach Brown for sure.
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I'm a big fan. He will be a very good NFL linebacker if he ends up on the right defense.
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I would take him and Sean Spence over Zach Brown.
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He seems similar to the Panthers' James Anderson. Almost exactly the same size and ran similar 40s. David should be a solid player like Anderson who was a 3rd rounder I think.
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He seems similar to the Panthers' James Anderson. Almost exactly the same size and ran similar 40s. David should be a solid player like Anderson who was a 3rd rounder I think.
I would take him anyday over Zach Brown. David has the football instincts, play, and athleticism that will make him a very good WLB in a 4-3 defense.

I saw reports by scouts and analysts that had to stop themselves short by saying he reminds them a bit of Derrick Brooks. He's going to be a steal.
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The problem with a guy like David is that his success as an every-down player depends entirely on whether teams are running a 3-4 or 4-3. He's not going to be able to take on blocks as a 3-4 inside linebacker, so David is not a "future-proof" pick. A change in the defensive scheme could relegate him to sub package duties, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you're talking about a third-round pick but drafting a situational cover linebacker in the second round may not be the best value. Job security among head coaches is mostly nonexistant these days which leads to a great deal of scheme changes. Additionally, not many teams are running defensive schemes which David would be successful in which limits his value.
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Mychal Kendricks > Lavonte David
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He's probably in the mold of those LBs the Colts had success with but not sure he warrants a high pick being that he's a bit of a tweener.
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He's probably in the mold of those LBs the Colts had success with but not sure he warrants a high pick being that he's a bit of a tweener.
Exactly, less and less teams are looking for those undersized, swarming Cover-2 linebackers. David warrants a second-round pick based on his play but the positional value may not be there, and not many teams will be competing for his services.
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He's probably in the mold of those LBs the Colts had success with but not sure he warrants a high pick being that he's a bit of a tweener.
IMO though, he doesn't play too his size. Meaning, he's a lot better at taking on blockers and disengaging than what you would think. He isn't fineese by any means
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