September 28, 2016

The Usual Suspects: Paul Posluszny, OLB, Penn State

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Year: Senior Height: 6’1 Weight: 238 40 Time: 4.70 Stats: NCAA

BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/15/07) – Rank: 22nd Mock Median: 22.0 (8 mocks) Lo: 15 Hi: 38 Most Frequent: 20 (Giants, 4 mocks)

BSMW SUMMARY (as of 3/17/07)

Here’s what the profiles have to say about Posluszny: another product of the Penn State linebacker factory, Posluszny is said to be a smart, tough player and leader. Highly productive (set a school record for career tackles) and decorated (winner of both the Butkus and Bednarik Awards), he was named captain of the Nittany Lions as a Junior. The profilers say Posluszny can play any linebacker position – he flourished on the outside as a junior before moving inside as a Senior. The consensus is that he dipped after the change in positions, but some of this is attributed to his recovery from a knee injury suffered during the 2006 Orange Bowl. He settled in as the year went along, and some profilers now consider him to fit best as an inside player in the pros. Not off-the-charts great in any one area, but solid in every area. Maybe not as smooth in defending the pass as he is the run, the profilers claim, but he will be competent. His high football IQ (he is said to know every assignment on the field), solid skills and zeal for the game (will play through pain – is that supposed to be good?) is said to be the difference. He is not especially big, but is seen as a player than can add heft while retaining his quickness and range. The mocks see Posluszny as a certain first-rounder, falling somewhere in the late teens to the late twenties. Two mocks see him going to the Pats with either of their first-round picks, but 5 others say he’ll go to the Giants at #20. Like Adam Carriker, who we took a look at yesterday, Posluszny seems to be one of those players with the intangibles the Patriots like. It’s hard to tell what they’re thinking at the moment – the Patriots have not been linked to Posluszny at any post-season all-star games, the Combine or individual workouts.

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NFL Draft Scout via nfl.com
John Murphy of Yahoo Sports rates Posluszny third among this year’s outside linebackers
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footballsfuture.com

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