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"Cawgs or Gie!"- Graeme "Ghostzilla" Turnbull
There's a huge difference between 6'3 232 and 6'5 218. Most 3-4 ILBs are between 6'0 and 6'2 and weigh around 240 pounds. That goes for college and NFL.
6'5 is just way too tall to play ILB. He wouldn't have a chance at getting leverage against FBs and OGs. He'd be on skates way worse than Ogletree was last year against downhill running plays. Even at 250 pounds he'd be at a huge disadvantage because his center of gravity is too high. His height and length are perfect for OLB though assuming he can get up around 235-240 pounds.
really good post. the only times he was working at ILB was when we were prepping for option teams, where active hands to fight off cut blocks and speed to the perimeter are more important than leverage against drive blocking.
honestly, i'm not sure where anyone got the idea that he should be playing inside, no matter his weight. not to say we can't bring him into the box from a different position; he's a tough, physical kid. i can also imagine putting him in the middle of the field on 3rd and long, playing a cover 2 shell-- his length and speed would neutralize those seam routes. but the kid is not an every down ILB.
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