|Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger|
Weight: 210 lbs.
High school: Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius
Notes: Holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and West Virginia . . . As a junior in 2012, had 44 tackles for loss and 10 sacks . . . Rivals 4-star OLB, #204 overall . . . 247 Sports 4-star OLB, 90 grade, #22 OLB . . . Attends alma mater of Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan and former Michigan players Pat and Mike Massey, among others
Strengths: Good speed for a kid his size . . . Quickness is impressive, but straight line speed is even more so . . . Has good length . . . Plenty of room to fill out to 240 lbs. or so . . . Uses hands well to shed blockers . . . Very disciplined player . . . Stays home and doesn't overpursue . . . Stays very balanced in pass rush and pursuit
Weaknesses: Has a tendency to false step . . . Needs to play more on balls of feet . . . Could work on hand placement and getting hands on inside of blocker's frame rather than outside . . . Would ideally need a year or two to fill out physically . . . Can get outmuscled in the run game
Projection: Outside linebacker. Berger is too long and lean to play inside, but he looks like an ideal fit at outside linebacker in a 4-3 Under defense. He has good pass rushing skills and would be a disciplined run stopper. He's not the most explosive athlete, but he has good speed and plays with tenacity. I like his demeanor on the field. If he gets too big or is needed at weakside end, he could eventually play there, too. He looks like a high level BCS player.
Reminds me of: Jake Ryan. I know it's kind of an obvious pick, but the frame and playing style are very similar.
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