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2005 NFL Draft Draft Tracker Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Players Positions Schools Conferences NFL Teams

Michael Boley - OLB

 Michael Boley Grade: 3.79
 Position: OLB
 Class: Sr
 School: Southern Miss
 Conference: C-USA
 Ht., Wt.: 6-2.5, 236
 40 Time: 4.66
  Selected by: Atlanta Falcons
  Round 5, pick 24 (160 overall)

BIO: Three year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference and All-America honors since his junior campaign. Led the team in tackles as a senior posting 125/20/9, also intercepting two passes. Junior totals included a career high 151/22.5/11.

POSITIVES: Explosive linebacker with the ability to make plays in any direction on the field. Breaks down well, fluid scraping laterally and displays outstanding range. Gets depth on pass drops, quickly changes direction and displays a burst of speed to the action. Diagnoses plays, locates the ball and fills the correct gaps in run defense. Squares into tackles and wraps up. Fast to the sidelines and forceful off the edge on the blitz.

NEGATIVES: Undersized and engulfed at the point by blocks or easily knocked off balance. Not very efficient and takes too many missteps.

ANALYSIS: A solid athlete who must improve his playing strength, Boley has potential at a number of linebacker positions. Best suited on the weak side though he can also be used on the outside in the 34 defense. Has starting potential at the next level and should quickly fit in as a nickel linebacker in passing situations.

PROJECTION: Late Second Round

Photo: Conference USA

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