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Paul Posluszny
SI Grade
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6-1.5, 238
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BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors since his sophomore campaign. Led the team in tackles as a senior posting 116/9.5/3 numbers after 116/11/3 as a junior.

POSITIVES: Intense linebacker with great instincts. Immediately diagnoses the action, quickly locates the ball and seems to have a sixth sense, anticipating plays before they unfold. Takes good angles to the action and chases to get involved.

NEGATIVES: Lacks footwork moving in reverse and skills in pass coverage. Gets caught up in the trash and easily blocked from the action.

ANALYSIS: After a slow start to his senior campaign, Posluszny finally picked up the intricacies of inside linebacker in Penn State's 3-4 alignment and was one of the nation.s best defenders at season's end. A solid player who may not be as good as his headlines.

PROJECTION: Late First Round