Scouting Report: Roddrick Muckelroy

Written by Will Spencer on February 18, 2010



Roddrick Muckelroy


Position: LB School: Texas
Height: 6’1 3/4" Weight: 246 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.77

Overall Grade:

6.03

Draft Projection:

2nd/3rd Round Fringe


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 5.5
Quickness/Agility 10 7.5
Strength/Explosion 10 7.5
Athletic Ability 8 5.5
Durability 8 5.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 7.5


Linebacker Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 6
Coverage 8 5
Pass Rushing 8 4
Tackling 8 6.5
Instincts 8 7
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Instinctive linebacker that can sniff out run plays, specifically draws and screens. When he gets square with the ball carrier, he can deliver a nice pop. Effective open field tackler when in position. Flows well to the outside, showing good lateral movement. Quick to fill the hole when he diagnoses a run play. Adequate strength and short distance quickness. Aggressive and not afraid to take on a ball carrier or lead blocker head on. Good balance and body control. Does a decent job in zone coverage and knows how to read the QBs eyes. Better suited for a zone coverage scheme. While he’s listed as an outside linebacker, Texas lined him up in the middle of the field a good amount of the time. A smart player that knows how to read his keys and identify blocking schemes. Was a leader on the Texas defense.

Weaknesses

Not as strong as you’d like for a linebacker. Can be slow to get to the outside and doesn’t have ideal straight line speed. Has some trouble getting off blocks, especially from bigger, stronger lineman. Limited experience as a pass rusher. Doesn’t match up well in coverage with quicker backs and tight ends. Was able to get by on his average physical skill set with above average instincts and smarts.

Analysis

Muckelroy is a very instinctive linebacker but that might not be enough at the next level. His physical skill set limits his play abilities and he’ll need to develop further to be a success in the NFL. Needs to get stronger and learn how to get off blocks more efficiently. Has some versatility with the defensive schemes he played at Texas. Not strong enough to play as a Mike backer in a 4-3. Should fit in as a weak side linebacker in a 4-3 or possibly inside in a 3-4 defense if he can develop his strength. His football smarts and instincts will land him on an NFL team may be the type of guy that just needs a chance to play to prove himself. Should be a nice pick up for a team no earlier than the bottom of round 2, but more likely an early third round prospect.

Experience

Started 29 games and played in 40 games while at Texas. Full time starter in junior and senior seasons.

Awards and Honors

2009: Second-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press, league’s coaches
2008: Second-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press. Honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Corporate Communications major at Texas.

Bloodlines

Brother Kendrick played LB at Kilgore Junior College and cousin Joe King, played OL at Oklahoma State (1988-90) and in the NFL with Cincinnati (1991), Cleveland (1991) and Tampa Bay (1992-93).

Injuries

Ruptured tendon in right ring finger ended his freshman season after starting first three games. Missed one game in 2007 and one in 2009 with injuries.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 80 55 25 2 0 1 0
2008 102 66 36 0 0 0 0
2007 58 38 20 2 1 1 0
2006 10 6 4 1 0 0 0






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.