UCLA LB Akeem Ayers is considering early declaration for the N.F.L. draft.

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    LOS ANGELES – UCLA strongside linebacker Akeem Ayers, projected as a first-round draft choice in the 2011 NFL draft, said he has not set a timeframe for deciding on whether to return for his senior season.
    Bruins wide receiver Nelson Rosario, who entertained thoughts of entering the draft but has been slowed by injury much of the season, said he will be back in 2011.

    •UCLA's Forbath wants a shot at record, USCAyers has been projected as going as high as a top 10 pick in next April's draft and has been rated by several scouting services as the nation's top outside linebacker prospect.
    Ayers has recorded 65 tackles, 91/2 for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and recovered a pair of fumbles.
    The deadline for underclassmen entering the draft is Jan. 15.
  2. realtick

    realtick Benched

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    Not overly impressed with Ayers as much as others are.

    He reminds me of a less physical Karlos Dansby. I think Ayers can be a productive player, but I'm probably a little old school in that I like slobber-knocker type linebackers over finesse run-around-a-block types.
  3. Chris in Arizona

    Chris in Arizona I am Death

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    Ayers, despite playing for a pansy of a school, is incredibly athletic and has a knack for making big plays. He could probably play any 3-4 or 4-3 LB position at the next level.
  4. TheCoolFan

    TheCoolFan Well-Known Member

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    He is so versatile. He can play 3-4 OLB at times due to his size but I think he is a best fit in a 4-3 OLB scheme. He can cover and run from sideline to sideline. Pretty unique, considering not many 4-3 OLBs are 6'4"
  5. UnoDallas

    UnoDallas Benched

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    I think Carter from NC can play any LB position also

    Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2010): Top 25 Pick.
    10/9/10: Carter has been a bright spot on the Tar Heel team that has been surrounded with controversey. He's a big-hitting linebacker with great range and athleticism. He'll likely get drafted in the first round - his best fit is as a 4-3 weakside linebacker

    I would love to see him at Bradies spot
  6. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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    He'd be a project, but I wonder if he could play the weak side ILB position in a 3-4.

    Having a dynamic athlete there could be quite a weapon.
  7. btcutter

    btcutter Well-Known Member

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    better fit in 4-3 than 3-4 backer. High risk if you are considering him for 3-4 OLB.
  8. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Ayers, if you think he'd be a better fit in a 3-4, would make an excellent nickel guy.
  9. jcollins28

    jcollins28 Well-Known Member

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    Q: What do you call a wide open USC receiver deep down field?

    A: Incomplete.

    Ayers has had to deal with playing for a defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough who has managed to make Ayers and Moore look average with his "scheme" that is on a high school football level.
  10. Cover 2

    Cover 2 Pessimists Unite!!!

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    That's exactly where I'd put him.
  11. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    At under 230 lbs and with his range/speed, Carter is better suited for Brooking's (weak ILB) spot. Move Sean Lee to Bradie's (strong ILB) spot.

    And Akeem Ayers would be an upgrade over Anthony Spencer IMO (Ayers actually bigger, faster, more agile and more versatile - plays 4-3 OLB and rush end) but if the Cowboys are going to draft another pass rusher to play opposite Ware, then I would prefer the more explosive Robert Quinn.
  12. realtick

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    You said it right there, Quinn > Ayers if you're looking for a pass rushing threat opposite of Ware.
  13. UnoDallas

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    well where ever they can be sussessful at

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