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Alex Albright, Dallas Cowboys
Run Defense: 8/30; Pass Rush: 5/10; Coverage: 12/20; Tackle: 31/40
After a fairly good start to his career, Gaither has seen his production decline over the past four seasons. This past season was his worst to date, finishing with a career low in tackles. He doesn’t do anything exceptionally well but can be a spot starter in a jam. A solid tackler, he struggles shedding blocks and making plays behind or at the line of scrimmage.
Run Defense: 15/30; Pass Rush: 6/10; Coverage: 10/20; Tackle: 25/40
An extremely undersized linebacker, Sims has to rely on his outstanding speed and athleticism to make plays. He gets pushed around and isn’t able to get off blocks once he is engaged. Someone with his athleticism should be much more effective covering backs out of the backfield, but he is awful in coverage. He also doesn’t show great form in wrapping up the ball-carrier, which leads to too many missed tackles.
Run Defense: 15/30; Pass Rush: 4/10; Coverage: 11/20; Tackle: 29/40
Albright has great size but lacks the quickness and awareness to be effective as an every-down linebacker. He got to see the field a lot more toward the end of the 2012 season, including one start, but he didn’t take advantage of his opportunity. In the final three games of the season, he saw action on 124 plays and only came away with seven tackles. He is much more effective on special teams, where he can make plays in the open field and isn’t asked to take on big and physical offensive linemen.
Run Defense: 14/30; Pass Rush: 5/10; Coverage: 10/20; Tackle: 30/40
Ayanbadejo is a capable backup linebacker who makes his living on special teams. He doesn’t have the instincts or strength to to be effective against a power-running team, but he has the quickness to get to the outside and make plays. He is used mostly in coverage and is ineffective as a pass-rusher.
Run Defense: 14/30; Pass Rush: 4/10; Coverage: 11/20; Tackle: 30/40
A very active and athletic linebacker, Bynes has the speed to run plays down from the opposite side of the field. He has good size, but he lacks the strength and awareness to be anything more than a spot starter at this stage of his career. He isn’t able to shed blocks or make consistent plays between the tackles and will be out of position on too many plays. Bynes has potential and showed some flashes this past year of being able to take that next step, but he will need to bulk up a little and polish up his technique if he wants to get there.