Scouting Report: Ben West

Former Gophers linebacker Ben West is hoping to hear his named called in the late rounds of this weekend's NFL draft or receive a phone call to sign as a rookie free agent. See what TFY Draft Preview thinks of West's chances at the next level.

Name: Ben West School Minnesota Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 235 40: 4.84 Pos: ILB

Bio: Two-year starter that totaled 94/8.5/3 last season after 103/7/1 the prior year.

Pos: Intelligent run-stuffing linebacker with a great head for the ball. Explosive moving up the field, hard hitting and always lays it on the line. Very quick in his head and immediately keys or diagnoses the action. Fierce in pursuit yet disciplined and stays with assignments.

Neg: Lacks the quick or fluid change of direction, only good in a small area and deficient covering the pass.

Analysis: West is a classic two-down defender that would have a shot in a three-four alignment on the inside, where he is allowed to freely flow to the action.


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