BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter who totaled 68 tackles and four tackles for a loss last season after 70/9/1 the previous year.
POSITIVES: Hard-charging, intelligent defender who plays heads-up football. Quickly diagnoses the action, displays outstanding instincts, and takes good angles to the play. Explosive in run defense, works to get involved, and wraps up when tackling.
NEGATIVES: Struggles in coverage, gets minimal depth on drops, and lacks quickness changing direction. Marginally effective in pursuit.
ANALYSIS: Derry is a hard-working linebacker who.s at his best in the box. A limited athlete, he must make his mark on special teams.