BIO: Suffered a sprained knee during his senior campaign and posted 56/7/3 in 10 games. Led the team in tackles as a junior posting 131 after finishing second as a sophomore with 113.
POSITIVES: Athletic, weak-side linebacker that excels in pass coverage. Quick diagnosing the action, fluid and displays excellent sideline-to-sideline range. Takes nice angles to the ball, efficient and plays heads up football. Gets depth on pass drops, effective over tight end or covering backs in the box. Reacts well in all situations and makes plays in every direction of the field.
NEGATIVES: Seemed to lose explosion and suddenness due to the knee injury. Not a sure-handed tackler. Slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point.
ANALYSIS: Though undersized, Pope's career has paralleled that of former FSU defender Tommy Polley. Should be an effective weak-side linebacker at the next level and like his predecessor and is a solid choice near the end of the draft's first day.