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Draft Watch: Sean Weatherspoon

In continuing my offense-defense trend I’ve decided my next pick would be Missouri Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon is slightly small for a linebacker at 6’2, 245 lbs. He is know as an aggressive player and is never scared to make a big tackle.

Weatherspoon was born in Greenville, SC, but later moved, and attended High School in Jasper, Tx, a town in east Texas, right by the Louisiana border. In High School, Weatherspoon wasn’t as impressive as some top recruits, but was solid none the less. He made the All-District team twice, and the 2nd team All-State team. He also was All-District in basketball and All-State in high jump.

As a freshman, Weatherspoon was used primarily for special teams. He lead the team with 9 tackles on kickoff coverage and was named Mizzou’s special team player of the year. However, he really started to shine as a sophomore. He started at OLB, and led the team with 129 tackles. He made the All-Big 12 team. He went on to have stellar junior and senior years, leading his team in tackles both years.

Why we Draft Him: Weatherspoon is an aggressive player who is in on almost every tackle. He would help our defense especially because our LB’s our ranked in the bottom of the league tackle wise. Weatherspoon also shows great leadership traits, and could blossom into a defensive captain in a very short time. After Rolando McClain, I think Weatherspoon is the best LB in the Draft.

Why we Don’t Draft Him: He’s not a very good pass rusher. He has troubles at times getting around blocks, which in could lead to problems in the NFL. Also, as I said, he’s a tiny bit undersized, and that could hurt him come draft day.

In conclusion, I think Weatherspoon would be a great pick, and would be my 1st round choice if McClain is gone. I think he could be the leader and playmaker we are looking for.



6 Responses

  1. 6’2″ 245 is not small for a LB at all.
    Not even in a 3-4

  2. If he cannot get around some blockers, then I do not think I would draft him over McClain. In fact, I think if McClain was off the board, I would trade back for Dan Williams. But Weatherspoon peaks my interest. I’m looking forward to seeing him workout during the Combine.


  3. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes Texas OLB Sergio Kindle is more polished entering the league this year than Brian Orakpo was last year.
    Mayock has Kindle rated as the No. 7 player in the entire draft. He insists that the “explosive defensive playmaker” is the easy choice for the Dolphins at No. 12, especially over ILB Roland McClain (rated No. 17 overall by Mayock). Mayock doesn’t believe “there’s any way in the world” that WR Dez Bryant falls to the Dolphins.

    NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant is a top-five player in this year’s draft.
    Mayock compares Bryant to Andre Johnson as an NFL receiver. CBS analyst and former GM Charley Casserly has also called Bryant a top-ten pick, even though he’s popularly mocked in the 10-20 range. If NFL teams feel the same way, the Broncos (No. 10) and Dolphins (No. 12) would have to trade up to have a shot at the playmaker.

    • It’s going to be tough to pick between both Kindle, and McClain if they are both still on the board when the Dolphins pick. But whenever I think of a stud outside backer, I think of Vernon Gholston, so I tread very carefully whenever I think of drafting an OLB in the 1st round.


    • Kindle is my next defensive player.


  4. That’s true.
    But Gholston was a reach for that matter. He played DE in College and really got the big stock because of his ridiculous combine numbers.
    At least this guy has better tangibles.
    Frankly I think we go out and get Dansby rather than draft an inside guy. While we are at it, let’s ship Chad Pennington and a draft pick to the the Cards for Boldin (through in Gibril WIlson) then sign Roles.

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