BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter used at both the middle and strong side linebacker positions. All-Conference selection the past two years. Senior totals were 147/10.5/1, with two interceptions and seven pass break-ups. Junior totals included 121 tackles.
POSITIVES: Tough, .in the box. linebacker with a solid game. Displays a good head for the ball in run defense and quickly recognizes pass plays. Explosive moving up the field, flows to the action and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.
NEGATIVES: Not a flashy and plays with a lot of suddenness. Controlled at the point of attack by fullbacks. Lacks speed to the sidelines. Lack of height creates problems against tall tight ends in coverage.
ANALYSIS: Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Blades has possibilities as either a one-gap linebacker or in a 34 system. Possesses the instincts and savvy to find a place at the next level.