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Scott Shanle

LB | (6-2, 245, 4.69) | Nebraska
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school sprinter, running back and basketball player who walked on in 1998 and redshirted. Saw limited action in 12 games in '99. Started at strong-side linebacker the past three seasons, with non-starts coming when Nebraska used extra defensive backs against teams running spread offenses (Oklahoma, Texas Tech, etc.). Recorded 55 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, two passes defensed and his first interception in 2000. Registered 56-8-3-8-0 in '01 and 71-5-2-6-1 in '02.

Positives: A size-speed prospect who runs very well and can blitz and cover. Is a good athlete who fights his way through traffic and is aware in zone coverage. Has quickness and balance and changes direction well. He is at his best when he is free to run and run to the ball. Is lean but physical. Can be very good covering the tight end.

Negatives: Doesn't see plays develop or anticipate and had only average production in college. Is smart but not instinctive, lacks strength at the point of attack and overruns plays because he cannot stop quickly. Doesn't break down well as a tackler and is not reckless. His production seems to decrease as competition and talent level increase.

Summary: Knows where the tools and materials fit, but can't build the house alone. Shanle is a technician who has a chance to be drafted on the draft's second day, and could be a good, but never great, pro.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.