- Steve Muench, Scouts Inc.
Here are some notes on the linebackers who worked out on Day 6 of the NFL combine.
• Nebraska OLB Lavonte David added eight pounds between the Senior Bowl and the combine, and he's up to 233 pounds. David looked no worse for it during position-specific drills, though. He could have shown a little more control, but he looked quick when asked to change directions quickly and was fluid in coverage drills. While he has small hands (10 inches) and dropped a pass, he shows good focus looking the ball in.
• Texas OLB Keenan Robinson (6-foot-3, 242 pounds) certainly looks the part, and he flashed on Monday. Robinson is rangy and he shows a strong punch, but he didn't fare as well in cover drills. He is high-cut and has a hard time changing directions quickly, and its takes him more steps to redirect.
• USC MLB Chris Galippo didn't do enough to show teams he's more than just a two-down linebacker who will come to the sideline on passing downs. Galippo almost lost his balance when asked to backpedal between bags, and he didn't show great burst out of breaks in coverage.
• A pair of Alabama linebackers didn't look great in space, so they aren't great fits for schemes that ask a lot of their linebackers in space. However, Courtney Upshaw (6-2, 272) and Dont'a Hightower (6-2, 265) are excellent fits for a base 3-4 scheme -- Upshaw at outside linebacker and Hightower at inside linebacker. In addition, Upshaw could even line up at end in a four-man front, so don't expect their average showing in drills to hurt them too much.
Steve Muench breaks down the performances of linebackers on Day 6 at the NFL combine.