Any thoughts on him?
Personally, I want this guy in a Seahawks uniform. I have him as an early 2nd rd guy and my #2 WLB to replace Hill, so if he fell to our late 2nd rd pick it'd be a steal. It may take a small trade up the 2nd round to land him.
Based on a few games I've watched, he looks like great fit and replacement of Hill at a WLB. He's shown he's a good tough, form tackler (125 in 2012. Top-8 in the country) who doesn't much lose to the ball carrier when making a hit. He blitzes well in a more traditional linebacker style, using timing and burst to get into the backfield (6 sacks). He's also one of the top play making linebackers in the country forcing turnovers and scoring touchdowns, something Pete Carroll has to like (6 FF, 2 INTs, 2 TDs on fumble recoveries). The only major flaw in him being a perfect fit with the Hawks is that he won't run a 4.5 forty, but he's not slow. He's a former safety and runs with a balance in his movement which helps him work through traffic and finish tackles. I'd say play recognition is one of his strong suits, in both the run and pass game. In pass coverage, he lacks length and elite speed to truly be effective, but he can handle any base defensive coverage and could possibly compete with Wagner or Wright as a 3-down linebacker.