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Sean Weatherspoon

Sean Weatherspoon
NFL Draft Scouting Report

Outside Linebacker

Missouri


College Position: Outside Linebacker
School: Missouri
Grade: Senior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 245
Birthdate:
Draft Projection: Mid First
Overall Rank: 17
NFL Draft Position (Rank): Outside Linebacker (2)

Draft Result

Drafted in the 2010 Draft by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1st round with the #19 pick.
With the top three defensive ends off the board the Falcons filled their need at outside linebacker with Sean Weatherspoon. He is a versatile playmaker who can play the strong or weakside. He will also upgrade the pass rush in Atlanta as he is an excellent blitzer who had 30 TFL and 9 sacks in his last two years at Missouri. Those numbers are even more impressive considering Weatherspoon did not play as a 3-4 OLB. Fills a big need and will start right away.

Strengths

  • One of the best pure tacklers in the draft. 386 total tackles the last three years.
  • Outstanding skills as a blitzer. 25 TFL the last two seasons. Times blitzes as well as any player in this class.
  • Size and skill set will open up several doors in different schemes. Could play either inside or outside in a 3-4. Best position is likely at 4-3 strongside linebacker.
  • Big hitter
 

Weaknesses

  • Pass coverage skills are a work in progress
  • Has a tendency to over pursue screens and draws

News

2011 NFL Draft Pick Analysis: Which Positions Provide the Best Value - Mar 17 (Fran Duffy)
NFL Draft Slot Analysis: Do First Round Draft Slots Matter - Mar 13 (Fran Duffy)
2011 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Season Edition - Aug 7 (Dan Wernery)
Fantasy Football 101: 2010 Defense/Special Teams Rankings - Jul 22 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: PRE Pre-Season All-Rookie Team - Defense - May 17 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft Grades: NFC South - May 7 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Raul Colon's Mock Draft - Final Edition - Apr 21 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: 10 Can't-Miss Prospects - Apr 17 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for NFC Teams - Apr 15 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for AFC Teams - Apr 6 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: Fire & Ice Report: Brandon Spikes Tumbling - Apr 1 (Chris Maier)
2010 Intersite NFL Mock Draft - Mar 16 (Chris Maier)
Raul Colon's 2010 NFL Mock Draft - Post Combine - Mar 7 (Raul Colon)
2010 NFL Scouting Combine Buzz: DT, DE and LB - Mar 1 (Chris Maier)
2010 Post-Thanksgiving Mock Draft - Two Rounds - Nov 28 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Mock Draft - An Early Look - Sep 30 (Chris Maier)
Conference Previews:Big 12 - Jul 19 (Josh Moellman)
2010 NFL Mock Draft - A First Look - May 19 (Chris Maier)

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