BIOGRAPHY: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his senior and junior seasons. Led Kentucky in tackles last season, compiling a career high 139/8.5/2.5 after 142/9.5/2 the prior year. Totaled 100 tackles as a sophomore.
POSITIVES: Explosive one-gap linebacker best in pursuit. Displays speed in every direction, cuts off the corners from running backs and covers a lot of area on the field. Gets depth on pass drops, takes good angles to the action and nicely flows to the ball carrier. Strong for his size and durable. Displays a good head for the ball in run defense and relatively instinctive.
NEGATIVES: Controlled at the point by tight ends or fullbacks. Not a secure tackler. Stiff and not agile for an undersized linebacker.
ANALYSIS: Woodyard is competitive linebacker and respected team leader who plays hard. He has size limitations and is not skilled enough in coverage to get consideration at safety. His best opportunity would be in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers type of defense.