If you watched the recent NFL Scouting Combine, you may have seen a guy at the linebacker position that stood out among the rest of the group. Not only did he stand out because he dressed in white Under Armour pants and shirt but because he had a positive attitude during the event and was noticed throughout the entire process. He has really made a name for himself.
On the upside, it’s easy to see that Weatherspoon is highly motivated and excited about playing in the league. He has the skill that you would look for in a decent outside linebacker and has impressed a lot of scouts with his ability. At the combine, Weatherspoon excelled in most of the drills running a 4.68 40 yard dash with 34 reps on the bench press. Those are pretty decent numbers for a linebacker.
In regards to how well he has done on the field, Weatherspoon has been very productive during his career in Missouri and mechanically is one of the best linebackers available in the draft. He is fast, athletic and has great instincts on defense. He was very productive at Missouri being a three year starter.
If you got a chance to see him in the Senior Bowl you could see that Weatherspoon was very vocal and a leader both on the field and off of it. He was very productive while he was in college and should be able to do similar good work in the NFL. Finally, he has great ball skills, is very smart and can rush the passer well. He has most everything that a team would want in a linebacker.
There isn’t much of a downside to Weatherspoon but like any player he is far from being totally perfect. He could use some additional bulk but can’t add a lot of weight without losing speed. There are also times where he over pursues on plays and misses making the tackle. Weatherspoon also needs to use his hands better and work harder at getting away from blockers.
Some NFL scouts say that they don’t care for Weatherspoon’s attitude and his “hyper acting” on the sidelines and feel that he doesn’t need to be doing any of that when he comes to the NFL. But what team wouldn’t want a player who comes in already pumped up and ready to make his mark on the league?
This is nothing more that a team would like more than to have someone as inspired as Weatherspoon on the sideline helping his team out vocally while providing some solid play on the field.
Weatherspoon is the kind of player that almost every NFL team may want but he isn’t going to be taken before the best linebacker in the 2010 NFL Draft, Alabama’s Rolando McClain. However, he is clearly the second best linebacker in the 2010 NFL Draft and should be a sure fire first round prospect.
So where might Weatherspoon end up? He looks to be a mid to late round first round prospect and could find himself going to a team like the Indianapolis Colts or the New Orleans Saints which are two teams that need help at the linebacker position.
He would be a great fit in New Orleans where he could help bring his great attitude and solid presence at the linebacker position. Together both Weatherspoon and Jonathan Vilma could make that group much better.