It’s up at Rotoworld. Different types of inside linebacker who both figure to be highly coveted come April.
Arthur Brown (younger brother of Eagles running back Bryce Brown) arrived at the University of Miami as one of the most heralded recruits in the country. He played outside linebacker for the Hurricanes’ scout team during his first year, but wasn’t comfortable there. In the last few weeks of the season, former Canes head coach Randy Shannon decided to move Brown from the outside to the middle, where it seemed the light clicked on – with Shannon noting the parallels of development between Brown and Shannon’s former pupil, Ray Lewis. However, a move to the middle wasn’t enough to help Brown crack Miami’s starting lineup at linebacker. After his sophomore season, he transferred to Kansas State (Brown is from Wichita, KS), and has since been one of the most destructive defensive forces in the entire country.
Alec Ogletree was a highly rated safety recruit coming out of high school. A Georgia native, he decided to stay in-state and become a Bulldog. At 6’3 and 235 pounds, Georgia’s defensive staff decided to move him from strong safety to inside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. As you’d expect for a former safety, he’s an excellent athlete, possessing sideline to sideline range and cover ability. Over the past two years, he has been one of the most productive players for an incredibly talented Georgia defense.
Both of these linebackers figure to be highly coveted come April’s NFL Draft. However, despite being athletic inside linebackers, they both offer teams very different things. Brown is a senior and has been playing linebacker his entire football life. From the way he reads his keys and diagnosis plays to his perfect form tackling shows the signs of a kid who has practiced his specific craft for many years and has been coached very well. Ogletree is an underclassman and a former safety, and it shows. He’s still working out the nuances of the position – going through the growing pains and transition accompanied with going from playing an open space position like safety to one played compressed spaces like linebacker.
Link to the whole thing.