I was on Shutdown Corner today and I generally have a lot of problems with their articles (they tend to be unnecessarily abrasive) but I've been really intrigued by the prospect profiles that they've been doing. Either way, they posted this profile on Quan Sturdivant (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner) the OTHER UNC LB.
I am personally a huge fan of some Bruce Carter, but chances are he may be gone in the second round and he's too risky for first round consideration. Most people have dismissed Sturdivant because
A. He's not even the best linebacker on his team
B. He's an MLB
C. He might require a second round pick, which seems steep.
All of that being said, I feel like he's a better prospect than somebody like Greg Jones should we have to wait until the 3rd round to pick up a linebacker. Let me pull a couple of quotes from the article:
Former quarterback and safety with the speed and agility to drop back into coverage either at middle depth of from the line — could be an interesting zone blitz player because of this. Excellent understanding of zones and coverages; he will pass off one receiver and head to another assignment like a really big safety.
Does that sound familiar to any of you folks? Seems like Perry Fewell was starving for a linebacker than could cover last season. One more things that I like:
His adaptability would serve him well in a defense that needs a rebuild, but he'd be best off in a system that allows him to play inside nickel and outside 4-3.
He sounds like a more aggressive and instinctual Michael Boley, and I think we can all agree that Boley has all of the tools and nothing else. I'm not saying we should go for broke and pick this guy in the second round, but he seems a little under the radar and could be a steal in the 3rd.