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Brandon Underwood, CB, Cincinnati

Height: 6'1

Weight: 198

40 yard dash: 4.48

Broad Jump: 10'05

Vertical Jump: 36 1/2

Reps: 16

Projected round: 4-5

This kid is playmaker when he gets the ball. He quickly reads the QBs eyes. Great ball skills and instincts

Jason Williams, OLB, Wester Illinois

Height: 6'1

Weight: 241

40 yard dash: 4.49

Broad jump: 10'09

Vertical jump: 39

Reps: 26

Projected round: 3-4

Great cover LB. Can make the tackle in the open field. Great instincts

Who is your draft steals?

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My top 3 on defense are:

Scott McKillop, SLB/MLB, Pittsburgh 6'1" 243lbs.

NFL Analysis: McKillop's top production was a credit to his instincts and efficiency getting through traffic and to the ballcarrier. The 2008 Big East Defensive Player of the Year and twice unanimous first-team All-Big East linebacker racked up 288 tackles, 27.5 for loss and seven sacks the past two seasons. Productive, instinctual player who sorts through the trash to get to the ballcarrier, seems to have an innate sense of how and when to slide through oncoming blockers. ... Very good backfield awareness, always seems to know where the ball is. ... Recognizes tight ends going out on delayed routes. ... Breaks down well in space and makes secure tackles in the open field. ... Can get to the outside to meet the back at the edge. ... Drops quickly and hustles to meet receivers in intermediate routes. ... Gets a good hit on slot receivers to knock them off their route. ... Knows where the sticks are and tries his best to keep underneath receivers from getting there.

Projected Round: 4th

Dannell Ellerbe, WLB/MLB, UGA 5'11" 238lbs.

NFL Analysis: Exploded onto the scene in 2007, going from a backup weak-side linebacker who finished the 2006 season with seven total tackles to a second-team All-SEC pick in leading the team with 93 tackles and finishing second with 12 tackles for loss. He started at each of the three linebacker positions in 2007 and was credited by some for having a similar lightning-rod affect on the Georgia defense that running back Knowshon Moreno had on the offense…Well-built athlete with the frame to add additional mass. ... Versatile defender with experience at all three linebacker positions. ... Aggressive to attack the line of scrimmage in run support. ... Good speed to the outside to meet the back at the edge. ... Reads his keys quickly and puts himself in position to make the play. ... Good overall athleticism. ... Among the better linebackers in the country in pass coverage. ... Gets good depth on his drops and reads the quarterback's eyes. ... Good short-area quickness and balance in coverage. ... Can beat blockers to the action due to his lateral agility and aggression. ... Effective blitzer who combines his explosiveness with legitimate hand technique to disengage from blockers. ... Flashes explosiveness as a hitter.

Projected Round: 4th/5th

5. Terrance Knighton, NT, Temple 6'3" 323 lbs.

NFL Analysis: Knighton's large body and fair athleticism is coveted by NFL scouts. Teams looking for a one-gap 4-3 nose tackle will be most interested in Knighton. Good height, length and girth for his position. ... Better-than-expected straight-line speed and change-of-direction ability, able to sniff out and disrupt screen plays. ... Will chase plays downfield. ... Strong upfield rush, either up the shoulder of his defender or splitting double teams. ... Uses his long arms to wrap up in the open field or track down ballcarriers coming through the hole. ... Flashes violent hands, especially when his man retreats off the snap in passing situations. ... Active knocking down passes and blocking field goals because of his push, arm length and large hands. ... Keeps cut blocks off his knees. ... Athletic enough to quickly jump on loose balls and get down quickly in short-yardage situations.

Projected Round: 5th

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Jonathan Casillas. Guy covers like a safety and hits like a linebacker.

If he runs in the 4.5 area, Its possible he could be picked to play SS . He has great coverage ability(played S before) and is an aggressive tackler in the open field as well as hitting like a LB at the line of scrimmage. Just a thought.

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If he runs in the 4.5 area, Its possible he could be picked to play SS . He has great coverage ability(played S before) and is an aggressive tackler in the open field as well as hitting like a LB at the line of scrimmage. Just a thought.

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I was thinking the same thing. Some scouts are looking at him as a linebacker/safety tweener. Too bad he won't run or fully work out until April 2 since he is coming of knee surgery for an injury he played the whole season with. He did put up 24 reps at the combine.

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