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Friday, June 3, 2011

Mark Herzlich, OLB, 2011 Undrafted Free Agent,Outside Linebacker

Herzlich, Mark Boston College 6040 244 4.92

Three-year starter. Prior to the 2009 season, Ourlads rated
Herzlich a first round talent and was the defending ACC Defensive
Player of the Year. He has made 247 career tackles. During the
spring of 2009 he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare
form of bone cancer, which he overcame. Productive over his
career. In 2008 he had 110 tackles, 6 INTs, 8 PBU, 2 FF, 2 FR,
and 13 TFL. Our notes based on his 2008 tape read: solid
measurables, good athletic ability with pass rush quickness and
balance. Good football intelligence. Not soft at the point of
attack. Burning desire to win. Makes big plays. Gets off blockers
with quick strong hands. Eager and intense. Wrap tackler who
will knock the ball carrier backwards. Has the chase speed to
catch from behind. Gets clean separation. Can string out blocker
laterally. Good speed and range. Hustles all out on every play.
Aggressive and hits with authority. Received several honors in
2009 for his courage and outreach in his battle with cancer,
including the Disney Spirit Award and the ACC Commissioner’s
Cup. Senior Bowl notes: good size for a 3-4 outside linebacker,
but could play the Sam in the right 4-3 scheme. Decent initial
quickness and toughness taking on a block. Flashes good shed
technique using his hands well to separate. Occasionally locked up
with a block. May lack top upper body power and strength. Hustles
in pursuit and gives a good effort. Showed up well in pass rush drills, with
a quick move around the corner. Takes good drops in coverage and
shows good zone awareness. Good relation to receivers in zone. Plays
up to the short route while getting under the deep one. Struggles in
space at times on the perimeter. Has good range.
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