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Bjorn
07-06-2006, 06:49 PM
I think there is a very strong chance we take either a DB or a LB early again next year. Here are rankings from Scouts Inc.


Seniors rule the preseason rankings for the nation's top returning linebackers, with Penn State's dominating Paul Posluszny taking the top honors.
1. Paul Posluszny, Penn State, SR, 6-2, 231
Posluszny is a throwback-type linebacker with very good physical tools and even better intangibles. He possesses adequate size and good speed, but his rare instincts and ferocious mentality are what make him a special player. Posluszny's 116 tackles paced what was one of the Nittany Lions' best defensive performances in the school's illustrious history. He did tear two ligaments in his right knee during Penn State's Orange Bowl victory over Florida State, but the good news is that the injury did not require surgery. Assuming he returns to form as a senior, Posluszny will be a shoe-in for consecutive first-team All-American honors -- not to mention the top linebacker selected in the 2007 draft.
2. Patrick Willis, Mississippi, SR, 6-2, 232
Willis has flown somewhat under the radar from a national college football perspective, but NFL scouts have been clamoring over his pro potential since he broke through as a full-time starter in 2004. Over the course of the last two seasons, he has ranked among the country's most productive defenders with 198 combined tackles. Assuming he fully recovers from offseason foot surgery, Willis has the instincts, range and explosive power to once again keep Ole Miss' defense respectable after it finished 27th nationally in total defense a year ago. Willis also projects as the top inside linebacker in next year's draft class.
3. Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma, SR, 6-0, 233
Alexander is a prototypical weakside linebacker with adequate size to complement his impressive blend of speed and athleticism. During the past two seasons as a full-time starter for the Sooners, Alexander has displayed his consistency and big-play prowess with a combined total of 176 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. It's safe to say that Alexander is the premier player on what could be college football's most talent-laden defensive unit in 2006.
4. Brandon Siler, Florida, JR, 6-1, 235
Siler has been a force since the day he stepped on the Gainesville campus. The true junior has already collected 141 tackles, including 20 for losses, and he is reportedly in the best shape of his life. At 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, Siler has one of the best combinations of size, speed and power of any linebacker in college football. NFL scouts are also impressed with this youngster's work ethic, leadership and diligence in the classroom.
5. H.B. Blades, Pittsburgh, SR, 6-0, 242
Blades lacks ideal height and speed, but his size, strength, instincts and mean streak are tough to ignore. Blades comes from a long line of ruthless defensive standouts (father Bennie was drafted by the Lions in 1988, and uncles Al and Brian were also standouts at University of Miami before playing in the NFL). When the 2006 season concludes, H.B. could go down as the most productive college player in the Blades family. As it stands right now, he has notched 286 tackles in three seasons with the Panthers.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/insider/columns/story?columnist=mcshay_todd&id=2498045
I still think LB is a need position in next years draft even if we're able to land Ahmad Brooks. If and when Saban installs a full 3-4 defense he will need alot of LB's.

Bjorn
07-14-2006, 08:53 PM
bump

playmaker1
07-15-2006, 05:57 PM
Posluszny would be so sweet in a Dolphin uni. He is a beast. I still think he is better than AJ Hawk, but only time will tell that one

Philter25
07-24-2006, 10:34 AM
Being a PSU alumni and a huge fan, Im a big Poz fan. However due to his lack of size, I just dont see him being a fit here in Miami.

Also, we should be nowhere near taking him in the draft. If he doesnt get injured, he is the first LB off the board taken and a top 10 pick. We shouldnt even be considering him at the end of the season.......

DearbornDolfan
07-24-2006, 10:48 AM
I think Saban will go for Willis if he's still available. The fact that he's from the SEC and has been an absolute machine playing against LSU will speak in his favor.

I would also not discount players slipping. The 2006 draft (henceforce known as the Freak Occurance) might be an indicator of things to come in future drafts.

draftguru151
07-31-2006, 01:17 AM
I don't see us taking a normal LB, more of a DE/OLB tweener.

PhinFan0202
08-01-2006, 01:18 PM
H.B. Blades is as nasty as they come. All of the linebackers on the list could be great but i pointed out H.B. Blades because of his intensity and speed. If Wanny dosen't mess things up for him he's going to be a monster of a linebacker in the NFL. Same thing with the POZ.

Mike13
08-02-2006, 09:41 PM
H.B. Blades is as nasty as they come. All of the linebackers on the list could be great but i pointed out H.B. Blades because of his intensity and speed. If Wanny dosen't mess things up for him he's going to be a monster of a linebacker in the NFL. Same thing with the POZ.

:yes: Go for Blades!:D

Bjorn
08-03-2006, 05:48 PM
I want to see us end up with Michael Griffin and Kevin Sears, LB Auburn.:wink:

Mike13
08-12-2006, 12:28 PM
I want Blades to be drafted by us.

PhinFan0202
08-15-2006, 05:21 PM
I want to see us end up with Michael Griffin and Kevin Sears, LB Auburn.:wink:

Kevin Sears, i have never herd of him. Is he any good? Would he be a good a fit in the 3-4?

Motion
08-16-2006, 11:54 AM
I would love to see Siler on the Fins. That guy has the most unbelievable knack for being around the ball, especially when it hits the ground.

PhinFan0202
08-16-2006, 03:38 PM
I want to see us end up with Michael Griffin and Kevin Sears, LB Auburn.:wink:

I did some research and the dude is massive. Kind of reminds me of Brian Cox at a first glance.

gBORI305
08-19-2006, 05:28 PM
Biggest holes for us...I say we draft B.A.P. on defense.

Mike13
08-21-2006, 01:13 PM
I would love to see Siler on the Fins. That guy has the most unbelievable knack for being around the ball, especially when it hits the ground.

Saban should know the guy well, so I think if he's around he'll draft him.