RE: [patriotzip] Freddie Roach ILB
Really, no chance of another Ted Johnson style player?
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Subject: RE: [patriotzip] Freddie Roach ILB
If the scouting reports on this kid are right (and every one I've seen says the same thing), he has no chance to stay with this team. They all brand him as a 1-trick pony at the NFL level - a stuff the hole, run stopper, with virtually no ability to do anything else. His alleged inability to make any adjustments in space, getting worse as the amount of space increases, would make him of little or no use on STs, as well. I'd love to add depth to our LB corps, but I don't see how we can get it from Roach.
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Strengths: Possesses very good size at ILB, including ideal height and a solid build. Is powerful at the POA when taking on blocks and as a tackler. Shows a wide base in the phone booth. Has the lower body strength to anchor and the upper body power to disengage. He is at his best working downhill vs. the run. He reads and diagnoses things quickly. Fills the gap hard and is a sound tackler who will do a good job of wrapping up in space. Is better when turned loose on the blitz than he is in coverage. Has experience as a nickel edge rusher. Shows good instincts as a pass rusher and shows better closing burst than he 40-time would indicate. He is a tough player and competitor. A leader who put the team ahead of himself. Experience at ILB and OLB gives him some versatility as an NFL prospect.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal athleticism and possesses marginal speed. Is stiff in his hips and lacks ideal COD skills. The more space he's in the less effective he becomes. He has trouble stopping and starting quickly and he will struggle to redirect if he over-runs a play. He will have severe matchup limitations in coverage at the next level. Will struggle to turn and run with quicker and faster NFL backs. He lacks great ball skills and is not much of a playmaker in coverage.
Overall: Roach tore his MCL in high school. He redshirted in 2001 before taking over as a 10-game starter in his redshirt freshman season in 2002. He started all 12 games at MLB as a sophomore in 2003 and finished with 86 tackles, seven tackles for loss and one sack. He tore the meniscus in his right knee in fall camp but returned healthy for the start of the 2004 season. He originally served as a backup to Cornelius Wortham at MLB but replaced injured WLB Juwan Garth for the last six games of the season and finished 2004 with 57 total tackles, nine TFL and two sacks. Roach returned to MLB as a senior in 2005, when he started all 12 games and finished with 66 total tackles, 2.5 TFL, nine broken up passes and one forced fumble. Roach lacks ideal speed and athletic ability but he's big, strong, instinctive and tough versus the run. He likely will level off as a reserve inside linebacker that can fill in when necessary as a two-down run-stuffer role. He also possesses the mentality and tackling skills to contribute on special teams in the NFL. Regardless, Roach grades out in the mid-to-late round range of the 2006 draft class.
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