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Hunter Hillenmeyer

LB | (6-4, 242, 4.8) | Vanderbilt
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played in every game from 1999-2002, and started at outside linebacker in '01. Had three stops in '99, six tackles in 2000 and had 72 tackles, four tackles for loss, 2 sacks, broke up four passes and recovered three fumbles in '01. Moved from outside linebacker to middle linebacker and strong-side linebacker in '02 and finished second in the nation with 168 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. Academic All-American. Was one of six players to earn prestigious "Scholar Student-Athlete" status by College Football Hall of Fame.

Positives: Supersmart player who is always around the ball. Great size and average playing speed for an outside linebacker. Can blitz and rush upfield. Quick off the ball and can accelerate. Gives good effort. Instinctive with good athletic ability. Has closing speed. At his best going forward and rushing the quarterback.

Negatives: Questionable vision and is slow to locate the ball and shed blocks. Stays blocked, does not protect his legs well and is a step late reacting. Struggles in man-to-man coverage. Stiff in space. Has tight hips. Lacks mental toughness. Supersmart in the classroom but not intuitive on field. May need to get bigger and move to defensive end. Looks stiff, tight and out of his element in coverage.

Summary: Missing the top-end speed to be an ultra-productive NFL linebacker but he is good enough to be a serviceable contributor.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.