Outside Linebacker/Middle Linebacker
40 time: 4.57
Draft board overall prospect rank: #11
Draft board outside linebacker rank: #1
Overall rating: 88*
3/1/10: A very good day for him, shaving about .1 second off of his projected 40 time with a 4.57, and also recording a 40 inch vertical leap and 34 reps on the bench press.
1/30/10: If there were a co-MVP, it would be Weatherspoon. He played middle linebacker for most of the game and that was where he indicated in an interview that he has best fit, but he really can play any 4-3 linebacker position, in addition to 3-4 middle linebacker, because hustle and vocal leadership don’t necessarily have a position and those are his signature traits. His coaching staff was raving ability his leadership ability all week and his hustle showed through on the field. On one play, Weatherspoon, a 241 pound linebacker, ran step for step with Mississippi’s Dexter McCluster, a 5-8 165 running back/wide receiver who is projected to run a 40 in the 4.3s, and trapped him in the corner of the end zone and broke up and almost intercepted the pass. He also had a late interception. His efforts were a huge part of the North’s front 7 domination and I think he has solidified himself as a 1st round prospect.
1/23/10: 3 very solid years during his time at Missouri with 376 tackles, 12 sacks, and 4 picks in his last 3 years. His a very smart player on defense and a good leader on what was not supposed to be a good Missouri defense this year. He doesn’t play the most important position which will keep him out of the top 20, where he deserves to go, but he’s a solid athlete with good fundamentals and instincts, and can play both 4-3 outside linebacker spots, plus some 3-4 middle linebacker, so the versatility is there as well. He could be one of the best linebackers in the league in the near future.
8/24/09: Sean Weatherspoon isn’t the biggest guy out there at 235 pounds and, while he has good speed, he’s not the fastest. He’s not the most athletic, but he’s one of the smartest guys in college football. He has great instincts and knack for the game. He has 3 years of starting experience on the Division I level in the Big 12, which is great experience. He is always around the football and really fills up the stat sheet all around. Last season, he had 126 tackles, 16 for loss, 4.5 sacks, and 3 picks for an underrated Missouri defensive squad. He has rush the passer and drop back into coverage. His lack of size is really only a problem in man on man matchups with bigger tight ends, whether in blocking or in pass coverage. He hits like someone 15 pounds heavier and has great tackling fundamentals because of his tremendous amount of starting experience. He has a lot of scheme versatility and can play 3-4 middle linebacker, 4-3 outside linebacker, and 4-3 middle linebacker. He’s a great vocal leader on the football field. His low 4.5 40 at 235 pounds isn’t going to blow anyone away, but he has good chase speed, closes gaps quickly, and can be considered a sideline to sideline playmaker. He isn’t great at getting around blocks and relies mostly on his speed and IQ to get around blockers. His initial burst is not as strong as you would like it to be and is only an average run stopper because of that. He’s not a tremendous natural athlete so his upside is not that high, but can contribute to a football team right away at linebacker. He should be a rookie of the year candidate in his first season in the NFL. He should be a strong starter for very many years in the NFL though. Overall, there are very few flaws in his game and should be a 1stround pick in 2010.
NFL Comparison: Jon Beason
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