BIO: Two-year starter at both middle and outside linebacker. All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 87/7/1.
POSITIVES: Strong, run-defending linebacker best in the box. Breaks down well, holds his ground against blocks and goes hard until the whistle blows. Plays heads-up football, is strong at the point and has a straight-line burst of speed. Rarely off his feet and a technique tackler who wraps up.
NEGATIVES: Lacks lateral range and first-step quickness. Struggles redirecting to the action.
ANALYSIS: A vocal leader with good work ethic, Earls may be best-suited on the inside of a 34 defense.