BIO: Two-year starter who struggled with injuries as a senior and posted just 41/9/1 after 50/5.5/2 during his junior season.
POSITIVES: Athletic linebacker with a good degree of upside potential. Explosive up the field in run defense, fights through blocks and works to make a play. Fluid changing direction, displays excellent range and gets depth on drops. Squares into opponents and a hard-hitting defender. Scrapes laterally, displaying the speed to stop the run on the outside. Quick closing to the action.
NEGATIVES: Not overly instinctive, takes poor angles to the play and continually over-pursues the action. Lacks top body control. Gets swallowed up by blocks in traffic.
ANALYSIS: A defender who flashes explosiveness and the ability to make plays, Pollard saw his development hurt by injuries last season. Possesses the underlying skills to be used at several linebacker positions in the NFL, yet must refine his overall game and quickly pull the pieces together.