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  • Linebacker is one of the biggest needs for the Patriots this offseason. They’ve lost multiple key contributors at the position from last year’s team, and the lack of athleticism from the group became one of the team’s most glaring holes last season.

    Can the Felger & Mazz Big Board find a way to fix the position? Here’s who the guys added on Wednesday…

  • ILB Quay Walker, Georgia

    Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy is sacked by Georgia linebacker Quay Walker during the second half of U-M's 34-11 loss in the Orange Bowl on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

    Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy is sacked by Georgia linebacker Quay Walker during the second half of U-M’s 34-11 loss in the Orange Bowl on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

    Strengths:

    –Plays with lively, ready feet
    –Mirrors runner’s lane choice from his perch
    –Snappy hands to play off blocks quickly

    Weaknesses:

    –Has some tightness in his hips
    –Average body control in scrape to the football
    –Erratic vision and response in coverage

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • ILB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin

    MADISON, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 13: Marshall Lang #88 of the Northwestern Wildcats is tackled by Leo Chenal #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers after making a catch in the first half at Camp Randall Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

    MADISON, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 13: Marshall Lang #88 of the Northwestern Wildcats is tackled by Leo Chenal #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers after making a catch in the first half at Camp Randall Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) 

    Strengths:

    –Densely muscled, low-cut body type
    –Booming punch drives blockers off their base
    –Plows through A-gaps and running backs as blitzer

    Weaknesses:

    –Tightly bound with limited lateral agility
    –More guessing than recognition of blocking schemes
    –Below-average coverage option in man or zone on passing downs

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • ILB Chance Campbell, Ole Miss

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 02: Bryce Young #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is sacked by Chance Campbell #44 of the Mississippi Rebels during the second half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 02: Bryce Young #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is sacked by Chance Campbell #44 of the Mississippi Rebels during the second half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Strengths:

    –Thick body type with proportional frame
    –Reads and mirrors runners cuts between the tackles
    –Has proven himself as a special-teamer in the past

    Weaknesses:

    –Pursuit range is going to be a problem
    –Too bundled to make reactive plays in tight quarters
    –Grass pounder in coverage

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • OLB Channing Tindall, Georgia

    Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Channing Tindall (41) against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Channing Tindall (41) against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Became more decisive with diagnosis as the season progressed
    –Sits down firm to maintain his fit
    –Four-phase special teams experience

    Weaknesses:

    –Played with talent up front giving him an unusually clean work environment
    –Runs himself into pursuit traffic at times
    –Not great at squeezing targets from zone

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • OLB Terrel Bernard, Baylor

    Nov 27, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Donovan Smith (7) and Baylor Bears linebacker Terrel Bernard (2) dive for the ball on a muffed punt by Smith during the first half at McLane Stadium. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 27, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Donovan Smith (7) and Baylor Bears linebacker Terrel Bernard (2) dive for the ball on a muffed punt by Smith during the first half at McLane Stadium. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Scouts rave about his leadership and character
    –Never-quit attitude despite adversity
    –On a continuous quest to go get the football

    Weaknesses:

    –Slender frame might be maxed out
    –Engulfed by size if he’s not proactive
    –Loses pursuit leverage, allowing back to cross his face

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • OLB Baylon Spector, Clemson

    Clemson linebacker Baylon Spector (10) looks back to sidelines after referees decided his tackle was not targeting during the second quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Saturday, October 23, 2021.

    Clemson linebacker Baylon Spector (10) looks back to sidelines after referees decided his tackle was not targeting during the second quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Saturday, October 23, 2021. (Ken Ruinard/USA Today Network)

    Strengths:

    –Plays with excellent fundamentals
    –Comes to balance and tackles with double leg wrap-ups
    –Former safety with smooth drops and weaves in zone

    Weaknesses:

    –Lean through his lower half
    –Lacks ideal length/strength to stack and shed the block
    –Range in coverage is very average

    (Source: NFL.com)

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