Drew Boylhart April 2008

Wesley Woodyard   LB/S   Kentucky   

 

STRENGTHS

Wesley has good straight line speed and burst to the ball.  He has the size to play the safety position, but will struggle if asked to play LB in non-passing downs.  Wesley shows leadership qualities and is a smart player.  His intelligence has made some people feel that he can be a LB at the next level, but he would be over-matched at that position for the next level.  Wesley is going to be one of your leaders on special teams and that, combined with his ability to be a good two deep zone safety, should be enough to make him a core player for the team that drafts him.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Wesley is limited athletically in his vertical and change of direction skills.  To give you the scout talk and make myself sound important, that means he is locked in the hips, which limits him to being a systems player.  That being said, his intelligence, effort and leadership qualities could help him overcome that problem.  I like to see him wrap up better when he tackles, but the kid does have Rodney Harrison (S NE Patriots) potential in the right system

   

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND 4 

Wesley is the type of player that if he didn't have the leadership skills and didn't give the effort that he does on every play, would be a tweener.  He lacks the size to be a true LB and the agility to be a true safety, but he does not lack the ability to be a good football player.  That's the big difference between Wesley and most other players who are tweeners.  Most of those players are tweeners because they think they are better playing a position they feel they should be playing, but are not.  They don't realize that, in most cases, a coach switches you from one position to another for two reasons.  The first reason would be because of injuries.  The second reason is because the player is not as good at his chosen position as other players at that position; therefore, the coach is trying to see where a talented player might make a better fit.  I don't see a lack of effort in Wesley, so I would guess he was asked to move because of injuries.  Wesley just says put me on the field and let me play -- I don't care where I play.   In the right system, Wesley has the talent and skills to become a core player and a fan favorite for the team that drafts him, but he must be in a system that keeps the play in front of him, which means he is a two deep zone safety.  I suspect he will be a damn good one, too.