Wesley Woodyard Scouting Report

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Wesley Woodyard Scouting Report

Position: OLB
Conference: SEC
School: Kentucky Wildcats
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #16
Height & Weight: 6'1 - 212 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Wesley Woodyard, OLB, Kentucky

Woodyard is simply a football player and that's a high compliment. He totaled 122 tackles with 9.5 tackles for loss to earn first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from The Associated Press and league coaches as a junior, then repeated those honors with a tremendous senior season -- during which he made 139 tackles (78 solo), with 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, five pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and three forced fumbles. He was the heart and soul of a much improved UK defensive unit. Woodyard is a great athlete. His speed -- 4.48 in the 40-yard dash -- allows him to cover a lot of ground. He has a great burst off the ball, a nose for the ball, and he brings a load when he gets to the ball. He's a very hard hitter, though some scouts would like to see him improve his tackling skills. He does a nice job in coverage, with good hip movement. No one will work harder. You can't teach size and Woodyard is just undersized. He needs to get much heavier and stronger, which will help him improve getting off blocks (which is his biggest weakness). Opponents aren't afraid to run at him. Woodyard will not be a good fit for every scheme, but could potentially be productive in a scheme like Indianapolis employs, with him able to use his speed to offset what he lacks in size. He'll find a job, but he isn't likely to be drafted until late.

Last Updated Feb-13-2008 by Thomas Scott

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