Whether everyone wants to admit it yet or not, he's a 3rd rounder with upside right now. I don't see a smart team burning a 1st or 2nd rounder on him. He's not going to come in and solve anyone's problems at ILB immediately, he's a special teamer at least initially. The coaches will need to determine what kind of a person they're working with and if he has it in him to even bother trying.
I'm not saying he doesn't have the raw talent and potential, but he's going to be forced to work by his NFL team to prove he can actually play in the league. Everyone seems to be assuming he's a solid 2nd rounder at the worst right now to a team with a need at ILB, as if he's going to just step-in as the unquestioned starter in week 1. That would probably be the worst thing for his chances in the league.
I think all of this pretty much adds up to a 3rd-4th rounder when it's all said and done. Everyone will want it to be their team's 'low-risk, high-reward' pick, but it'll be up to him whether he wants to work hard enough at playing professional linebacker or just try look as explosive and reckless as possible.
Last edited by GaMeTiMe : 02-24-2012 at 02:10 AM.