Glenn Earl†† FS/SS†† Notre Dame

 

Strengths

Before Glen had his senior season cut short by a knee injury, he was considered one of the most hard hitting, versatile performers in college ball. He was quick and instinctive in his reads. He had the burst that is required in coverage skills. He showed quickness in and out of his breaks and he knew exactly when to go to the ball in the air. Glen also showed that he was a strong physical tackler with good mental toughness and leadership qualities. Remember, this is what I see on film. I just donít think a knee injury is going to affect this kid that much.

 

Needs to Improve

Glen will need to show the speed, burst and athletic skills to the scouts or the character in his rehab to convince the scouts that his knee injury will not be a factor. I have no doubt that he will do this.

 

Bottom Line

This program is struggling right now, but they are on the correct path. The quality and talents of some of its players in this draft are excellent and itís just a matter of time before they start getting the type of player that will fit the system that Tyrone is trying to interject. I can always tell when a program is on the right path, even if they are struggling, by the type of kids they send to the NFL. Character, instincts, leadership, athletic talents are the skills that this program is looking for. This program will succeed if they continue on that path. It is a team game and good teams and good fundamental coaching will win over more talented players without character and heart. You do not need to lower your standards in any way -- you just need to coach better and play better. Glen Earl will be a core player for the team that drafts him that makes impact plays. Draft him even if he has a knee injury. This kid will not let a knee injury affect his play. He is another second day sleeper.

 

Drew Boylhart