Jeremy Leman LB Illinois
Jeremy is one of the LB' s in this draft that has the instincts, reactions and intelligence to be an excellent ILB in a 3-4 defense. He reminds me a lot of Teddy Bruschi (LB NE Patriots). He just knows how to play the game of football and shows very good leadership skills along with some solid cover skills. He is an excellent run stuffing LB because he understands leverage and positioning. Jeremy's biggest strength is his ability to raise the level of play of his teammates around him. His quickness, instincts and intelligence allows for Jeremy to play faster than he times and allows him to be able to cover one-on-one in the passing game. Teams that use a 3-4 defense should rate Jeremy higher in this draft than teams that do not run a 3-4 defense.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Jeremy is coming off an ankle operation. Hopefully this injury will not affect his "in the box" quickness. Jeremy could play as a strong side LB in a 4-3, but his strength will be as an ILB in a 3-4 defense.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 4
Make no mistake about it -- Jeremy is a very good LB. He is a systems LB and he does have to prove that his injury will not affect his quickness, but like I said, if you're a 3-4 defensive team, go look at the game film and you're going to see a LB that fits that ILB 3-4 system like a hand to a glove. Jeremy's intelligence and instincts add up to a pretty good strong side LB in a 4-3, but his true impact position and one he can play right away if his ankle is healed will be that ILB 3-4 position. Like I said, he reminds me a lot of Teddy Bruschi and I feel that if he had been able to work out, we would all be talking about this kid as a third rounder in this draft. Jeremy's injury makes him a bit of a sleeper in this draft, but if that ankle is all right, then some team in the later rounds is going to get themselves a hell of a good LB.