by Drew Boylhart
SR Staff Writer
February 2005
Michael Boley   LB   So Mississippi
Strengths 

Michael has good athletic ability and size for his position. He is very good at defending in the passing game and does a good job blitzing the QB. He has an excellent burst to the ball and is a sure tackler. In the scheme that his college team uses, Michael is used on one play right up at the line and on the very next play he will be covering a slot WR or spying on the RB or QB.  Sometimes I think they use him to drive the ambulance and tape up the injured players. They have him all over the place doing just about anything they can think of.

 

Needs to Improve

Because Michael is used all over the place, he really hasnít been able to grow at any one position. It also gives him hesitation in making decisions, which makes it look like Michael is not that good. This is not true. He has excellent potential.

 

Talent Board Round  3

Michael will be a better pro player than he was a college player, although he had a pretty good college career. I feel that he is a true WLB that can impact at the next level if you just let him grow in one position. He is not an impact tackler, but he is a good tackler and his blitzing skills and pass defending skills will be best used at this position. There is talk from the scouts that some of them think he will have to be moved to SS. That might not be a bad idea, but I think with his long arms that he will be better served at the WLB position. I really do feel that Michael will be a core player for the team that drafts him, but it will take time for him to get the skills for just one position. Michael has a lot of hidden talent. If you draft him, you will just have to be patient.  If you are, he will impact.