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    2007 DRAFT PROSPECT PROFILES: OLBs

Lawrence Timmons, Florida State… 6-1, 234, 4.66, JR… Emerging player with plenty of upside but still very raw. In fact, was overshadowed by the likes of Ernie Sims, Buster Davis and A.J. Nicholson for most of his college career, but finally got a chance to start this past season and made the most of the opportunity posting 18 tackles for loss including 5 sacks; ran a disappointing time at the combine when he was only able to stop the clock in 4.66; not bad, but not quite the stuff of a top 10-15 pick; by way of contrast, former teammate Ernie Simms, the 9th player taken last fall, clocked a 4.50 while A.J. Hawk, the 5th player taken last year posted a 4.55. Timmons, though, did show some quickness in the combine; indeed, he was the fastest LB after 10 yards and posted a very good time in the 3-cone drill (6.92) and a decent 4.32 short shuttle. In fact, Timmons has an explosive burst off the snap and good closing speed. Also known as a big hitter and solid tackler; versatile backer who can attack the line of scrimmage but also has decent range in coverage. Still an unfinished product who doesn’t shed blocks all that well and is less effective trying to find the ball in traffic; tends to rely on his speed and doesn’t use hands all that well to keep blockers off his legs… Summary: If scouts want to debate potential versus polish, Timmons may be exhibit A. Timmons has plenty of upside with the quickness and explosion to make plays in both directions, however, he is still not a finished product; however, if he lives up to that physical potential could be an impact at the next level.

Paul Posluszny, Penn State...6-1.5, 238, 4.70, SR... Entered the season considered by many to be a potential top 10 prospect for the 2007 draft, but struggled to regain the form that made him a consensus All-American in 2006 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament suffered in the Nittany Lions’ bowl game last January. Also started the season lining up at SSLB where he wasn’t as comfortable as he was in the middle. Posluszny is a weight room warrior who has bulked up to almost 240 pounds; is also a tough player who is a solid tackler in the open field; smart player who always seems to be around the ball; has excellent instincts and flows easily to the ball; agile athlete who slices through traffic and uses hands well to fend off blockers; mostly a sideline-to-sideline type who takes good pursuit angles; more quick than fast with an average 40 clocking in the 4.7 range, but timed better in agility drills at the combine with times of 6.94 in the 3-cone drill and 4.20 in the short shuttle; also had a 37-inch vertical leap, however, Posluszny doesn’t really have explosive upfield quickness and doesn’t make many plays in the backfield; reasonably fluid in coverage and gets good drops, but doesn’t break on the ball that well when playing in reverse; Posluszny is also a great character player who is also a standout in the classroom. Summary: Tough as nails kid with great character but lacks the next gear that separated 2006 top 10 LBs A.J. Hawk and Ernie Sims; still should be good value in the late first or early second round area. Health status will also be a big factor as the knee will be thoroughly checked out.

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