Paul Posluszny   LB   Penn St

 

STRENGTHS 

Paul is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler.  He has a good burst and does a very solid job blitzing and rushing the passer.  He shows pure instincts and does a good job defending for the pass.  He shows decent overall athletic skills for his position and has been an impact player for his college team.  As a WLB, Paul has shown the ability to be an impact player. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Paul has struggled this year with a change of position and with recovery from a knee injury.  Hes had a lot of problems adjusting and understanding his new responsibilities.  Last year, I noticed that he was locked in the hips and had difficulty changing direction; he was better going forward than going backwards.  This limits his ability to cover one on one.  Paul is a tough kid; Im sure he will work on these issues and in time, overcome them.  However, for this draft, the lack of true pass defense skills will hurt him. 

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 2 

Paul reminds me a lot of Mike Vrabel (LB New England Patriots).  Paul is a limited athlete, but in the right system, like Vrabel, can impact.  He will get better with experience and again, like Vrabel, because of his instincts, should eventually become a core player for the team that drafts him.  I believe Paul needs to be drafted by a team that uses the 3-4 defense to impact.  He does a good job as a WLB in a 4-3 defense, but for the next level, he is a perfect fit for a 3-4 defense.  A 3-4 defense will limit his responsibilities laterally and use his north/ south burst and speed to his advantage.  It will also develop his instincts quickly by limiting his responsibilities.  Right now, Paul is thinking way too much and not reacting.  He is having trouble understanding the angles to make tackles and most of the time when he meets a block, he is trying to go around it instead of engaging, shedding and then making the tackle.  Paul looks like he is still not sure about his knee and I think when he goes to the combine if it still is not healthy, this might be the reason the scouts use to downgrade him.  Personally, I think Paul is a late first - early second round LB because he fits a certain type of defense, but I have no doubt that he will be a good LB in the NFL.

Drew Boylhart

November/2006