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MERRILL ROBERTSON
Position: OLB
Class: Sr
School: Virginia
Conference: ACC
Ht., Wt.: 6'1, 250
40 Time: 4.85
Grade: 3.18

BIO: Full-time starter as a senior who posted career numbers of 122 tackles with nine tackles for loss and five sacks. Started four games as a junior compiling 29-3-2 after 34-2-1 the prior season. Used at fullback and defensive end his initial two seasons in the program.

POSITIVES: Nice-sized linebacker best in the box. Strong at the point of attack, defeats blocks and wraps up tackling. Gets depth on his drops and displays skill in zone coverage.

NEGATIVES: Not fast to the flanks, lacks suddenness and the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack. Really does not flow to the action and better up the field.

ANALYSIS: Quietly productive as a senior and may fit as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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