Outside Linebackers 7) Jamie Collins School: Southern Miss., Jr. Height: 6’ 4” Weight: 250 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.64 In a nutshell: One of the most productive linebackers in this draft, Collins is a converted safety with gaudy numbers over his four-year career (313 tackles, 62 TFL and 21 sacks).
8) Cornellius Carradine School: Florida State, Sr. Height: 6’ 4” Weight: 276 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: n/a In a nutshell: Cornellius “Tank” Carradine has all the attributes to be a very good player in the NFL, but he drops to this spot on our list because his future is surely as a defensive end.
Despite those numbers, Collins is Carradine has a fantastic combinamore of a freak athlete than a true tion of power, speed, mobility and football player at this time. ball awareness. It’s hard to picture him dropping into coverage, and he He has a lot to learn technique-wise has the frame to add more bulk as a and hasn’t always shown a great mo- defensive end. tor. With the right coaching and some attitude adjustment, could be College career: He spent his first a diamond in the rough. two years at Butler Community College where he led his instiuNFL Combine: Collins put on a tion to the Junior College National show for the NFL scouts, ranking in Championship game and amassed the top 10 in five out of seven cat- 26 sacks over two seasons. egories, including an eye-opening 41.5” vertical jump and a 11’ 7” After transferring to Florida State, broad jump. Carradine tallied 38 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2011 despite not starting a In field drills especially important game. for a linebacker, Collins recorded the fifth-best three-cone drill and In 2012, he was slated to be the third second-best long shuttle among all wheel again behind Bjorn Werner linebackers. and Brandon Jenkins until Jenkins got injured and “Tank” ended up 2012 stats: 92 tackles, 20 TFL, 10 starting 12 very productive games sacks, 4 FF, 1 blocked kick before tearing his ACL in late November.
2012 stats: 80 tackles, 13 TFL, 11 sacks, 1 FF, 1 blocked kick
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9) Trevardo Williams School: Connecticut, Jr. Height: 6’ 1” Weight: 241 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.57 In a nutshell: The first-team All-Big East pass rusher leaves UConn as their all-time sack leader with 30.5 (24 in his last two seasons).
Williams played from a three-point stance as a defensive end, but his future in the NFL is surely at linebacker. The questions are: Does he have the flexibility to drop in coverage or the strength to hold the point against the run? You draft him as a situational pass-rusher/special-teams demon and hope he develops into more. NFL Combine: When it came to the pure track-type Combine tests, the Jamaican-born Williams shone with a 4.57 40, 38” vertical jump and 10’ 4” broad jump, all top-10 performances among defensive linemen and linebackers.
Williams did not participate in the all-important tree-cone and short shuttle drills that would have provided some hints to his suitability as a linebacker. 2012 stats: 42 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 1 FF
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