Ali Highsmith Scouting Report

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Ali Highsmith Scouting Report

Position: OLB
Conference: SEC
School: LSU Tigers
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #7
Height & Weight: 6'1 - 223 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Ali Highsmith, OLB, LSU

Highsmith does the one thing all NFL scouts love -- he finds a way to get to the ball. Also, his 4.6 speed gives him great sideline-to-sideline range, which is complimented by his always running motor. He followed a solid 2006 campaign (voted second-team All-Southeastern Conference by the coaches) with a tremendous 2007 season. He tied for the team lead with 101 tackles (49 solo, nine for a loss) and added three sacks and two forced fumbles. He was named first-team all-conference by the coaches and AP and he was an AP second-team All-American. He's equally effective rushing the quarterback (eight hurries) as he is dropping into pass coverage (eight break ups, eight pass deflections). Also, scouts love his versatility, with him capable of filling any linebacker role. His leadership skills also enhance his value. His lack of size will be a concern, since he has trouble at times getting off blocks. His best asset, unbounded aggression, can also work against him at times. He needs to be more disciplined. Some scouts are concerned about his reaction to the ball being slow; however, quickness helps him offset the concern. He will need to get stronger. Most scouts expect him to thrive as a weakside linebacker. He is a true athlete and his ability to be equally effective against the run and in pass coverage will raise his value. He has potential to be a standout in the right system. His stock has been climbing and he projects to being a late first-round pick.

Last Updated Jan-08-2008 by Thomas Scott

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