Michael Keck, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete from Harrisonville High in Mo., will have the chance to come in and be a contributor right away for the Tigers. He will get the first crack at linebacker, but it would not surprise me to see him eventually make the move down to a rush defensive end position.
Strengths- Keck has a motor that just does not stop. He is a "full tilt" type of player that will pursue sideline to sideline. One thing that you have to appreciate about Keck's abilities is the fact that he could eventually have the size to play defensive end, but he has the speed to be able to come out and cover the tight end. It would not surprise me to see him come in right away and compete for some early playing time.
Weaknesses- Keck has a wealth of physical ability, but you can see that he is going to need to step it up in the weight room and at the dinner table while in Columbia. I think with a great spring and summer under the tutelage of the strength and conditioning program, he will be just fine by Fall 2007.
Comparison- By the time it all said and done, I think that Keck has the chance to be a Mike Vrabel (New England Patriots) type of player at Missouri.