Drew Boylhart   3/09

Scott McKillop   LB   Pittsburgh         

 

STRENGTHS

Scott is a football players' football player.  He has good size and burst to the play and is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler.  He is very smart, almost like a coach out on the field.  He makes the players around him better and looks to be an excellent teammate.  Scott is the type of player who is in on every play either physically or because he helped put someone else in position so they could make a play.  He does a great job defending against the run and the pass athletically, however, his true strengths are his instincts and intelligence.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Scott is athletic enough to play more than one position, but his speed limits him to playing as a LB in a 3-4 defensive system.  He reminds me a lot of Mike Vrabel who originally was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (91st pick) and then cut.  

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

Scott is one of my favorite players in this draft.  I'm not totally convinced that he can only play in a 3-4 system, but nowadays when you see defenses with very light MLB's who are better against the pass than the run.  I guess at some point I have to say that a Scott McKillop with all his savvy, instincts and pure tackling ability is not what NFL teams with 4-3 defenses are looking for anymore.  Here is the ironic twist.  Scott is exactly what the 3-4 defenses are looking for -- a multi-talented, smart, instinctive player who can tackle and lead his teammates.  It seems the successful 3-4 defenses need, and appreciate, players like Scott.  The unsuccessful 4-3 defenses seem to feel that they need MLB's who "catch" players after they have made first downs.  In my opinion, players like Scott are the reason teams are going more to the 3-4 defense.  I think Scott can play in any style of defense, but I give him a 2 talent board round (TBR) because nowadays, he is a systems LB.  I split the difference between 1 and 4 and came up with 2.  It's my guess you will see Scott drafted in the third or fourth round and even then, when Scott gets on the field, the only time anyone will notice him is when the game is over and they look at the stats.  He will have the most tackles and the most tackles for losses.  Even then I'm not sure he will be appreciated!  I call him Scott (Old School) McKillop because he understands his position better than most coaches who are about to draft him.