Trevor Reilly   LB   Utah

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

STRENGTHS
Trevor reminds me a lot of OLB/DE Connor Barwin. He is very stout against the run with good size, strength and foot speed to play multiple positions in a 3-4 defense. He is very smart and shows leadership skills through his play on the field. Trevor can flip his hips and drop back into coverage off the line with the fluidity that most of the higher rated outside 3-4 linebackers in this draft do not possess. He runs to the ball and the play with good purpose and very rarely overruns plays taking bad angles. He is more of a power pass rusher but does show at times a strong burst off the line on obvious pass rushing downs. Trevor has been taught to look for the run first and pass rush second; therefore, I suspect that he will always be that style of defensive player. Most teams will downgrade players with this mentality, but most of the time players like Trevor are the ones that become the Pro Bowl players when it’s all said and done.

CONCERNS
Trevor doesn’t have that “quick twitch” out of control burst off the line that the NFL looks for in its defensive ends. He also has to learn better pass rushing techniques, which is why he doesn’t have double digit sacks at the college level. Trevor waits too often for the play to form in front of him before he reacts which could be a problem at the next level. In his defense, Trevor is the type of player whose impact sneaks up on you because he does his job on every down. Like I said, that’s not the style of play that teams look to draft early in a draft.

BOTTOM LINE
Trevor will be an excellent player for the team that selects him. He will be a leader on the field and the type of player all teams need to be successful. He is smart, has good athletic talent and makes plays, but he’s not flashy and did not play in the SEC or ACC. Not playing in the SEC or ACC makes teams question if he can be as productive at the next level as a pass rusher. What can I tell you, the NFL has a bias and believes most of the impact players come out of the SEC and ACC. I don’t -- I think they come from all over, but I seem to be in the minority. So expect Trevor to be downgraded because he didn’t produce double digit sacks, he played in the Pac 12 and he didn’t run in the 4.5 or 4.4 range. For me personally, I think he needs more coaching on his pass rush techniques and needs a coach that will release him emotionally from playing with the caution that stops him from using all of his athletic talents. Trevor has excellent talent and his impact will be as a dependable core player and fan favorite for the team that drafts him. As I said, he reminds me a lot of Connor Barwin who was drafted in the 2nd round by the Eagles. For you older guys, Trevor’s style of play reminds me a lot of former Buffalo Bills DE Phil Hanson. Trevor is not as big, but he will be that type of solid player who coaches and fans can depend on to make a play in every game. It might not be the flashy play that will excite the media but the coaches, teammates and the fans will appreciate it.

Drew Boylhart
APR/2014