Jerod Mayo LB Tennessee
Jerod has the potential to be an excellent LB for the team that drafts him. He is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler with an excellent burst. He has the athleticism to play all three LB positions. He has good size and speed and makes a lot of tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Jerod is my style of LB because he can play in any defensive system that you want to use and he will shine. He shows excellent leadership skills and makes the players around him better. Jerod might be a better OLB than a MLB, but I only say that because as a sophomore, he seemed more at home as a OLB than at the MLB position. I would guess that if you leave him at the MLB position, he will be just as good, but it will take some time.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Jerod just needs more repetitions and experience if you want to make him your MLB. In 2006 at the OLB position, I saw him make three sacks and over eight tackles in one game. He got hurt the last portion of that season, which will need to be investigated further.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 1
Jerod is running under the radar for two reasons. First, he is a junior coming out early and a lot of teams don't have much information on him. The second reason is, just as he was getting good at OLB, his college team shifted him to MLB. He was thinking and learning angles and doing all the little things that makes a MLB so important to the team. Every game I saw him in this year, the improvement was dramatic. He learns very quickly and is the type of player that when you see him he makes the back of your head tingle. I know that most people don't know enough about this kid right now, but he is the type of kid that if you profile him from just his junior year, you are going to get the profile wrong. By the time we get to the draft, you will probably be hearing more and more about Jerod. Then again, maybe you won't! The teams that want to draft him I'm sure hope that he is sitting in the second round just so they will have a chance to draft him. I don't have a nickname for Jerod because his last name (Mayo) is good enough.