Kentucky LB Wesley Woodyard is receiving tremendous attention from NFL teams -- and he's earned it.…
More Interest in a Linebacker
With Woodyard tipping the scales at around 227 lbs., and running as quick as he does, it's likely that he can make the switch from linebacker to strong safety in the NFL. Woodyard was the SEC's leading tackler over the last two seasons which helped earn him a first-team all SEC selection, and his straight-line speed makes him a perfect candidate to be an inside the box strong safety.
Among Woodyard's attributes include his speed, physical play and great instincts. Woodyard impressed many scouts at the Senior Bowl with his physical play, and went from a marginal NFL prospect to a likely early second day pick. What will likely keep Woodyard from being selected earlier is his position switch, as well as his lack of lateral quickness and stiffness. Woodyard may be forced to play special teams early in his career as he learns the NFL game.
Scout.com has Woodyard rated as the #14 outside linebacker prospect while NFL Draft Scout has Woodyard as the #4 rated strong safety prospect in what's said to be a rather weak safety class. NFL Draft Scout also has Woodyard rated as the #10 outside linebacker and at this point the former Kentucky Wildcat is slated to be a third or fourth-round pick.
With the Jaguars having a likely need at strong safety with the injured Gerald Sensabaugh as the only returning player, along with former undrafted free agent Jamaal Fudge, it is possible that the team could pull the trigger on selecting Woodyard early on the second day of the draft.
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