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MATT WORD
Position: OLB
Class: Sr
School: Iowa St.
Conference: Big 12
Ht., Wt.: 5'11, 233
40 Time: 4.71
Grade: 3.29

BIO: Productive Two-year starter who led Iowa State in tackles as both a senior and junior. Totaled 137 tackles last season, nine tackles for loss and two sacks, also breaking up five passes. Numbers the prior season were 108-11-, after 63-5-1 as a sophomore when he started four games. Recently ran a pair of 40's in the 4.55 range.

POSITIVES: Explosive yet undersized linebacker who flashes on the scene. Quick moving up the field, immediately snuffs out the ball carrier and works to make the tackle. Gets depth on his pass drops, displays sideline-to-sideline range and takes good angles to the action. Possesses a burst of speed and good skills in pursuit.

NEGATIVES: Small and gets caught up in the wash moving laterally. Not overly efficient or cognizant when the ball is in the air. First move is usually up the field and does not have a good feel for coverage.

ANALYSIS: Best and possibly only opportunity is on the inside in a three-four alignment where he is allowed to roam free and coverage assignments are kept to a minimum.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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