Bucs Scouting Report: Wesley Woodyard

Each day leading up to the NFL Draft, Bucsblitz.com will break down a player that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be interested in on draft day. Find out his measureables, his college statistics, what our Scout.com personnel guru Tom Marino thinks of him, along with reports from other sites. It's an exclusive analysis feature from Bucsblitz.com.

WESLEY WOODYARD

POSITION: Linebacker.

MEASURABLES: 6-foot-1, 227, 4.51 in the 40 at the combine.

COLLEGE CAREER: Woodyard led the Southeastern Conference in tackles over the last two seasons. A two-time All-SEC selection by the conference's coaches.

PROJECTED AS: Some project Woodyard as a weak-side linebackers, others as a strong safety, a "tweener" status that is clouding his draft value.

ARE THE BUCS INTERESTED: Moderately. They spoke to Woodyard at the Senior Bowl and had a formal interview with him at the Combine. As a weak side linebacker, he would immediately join the mix to eventually replace Derrick Brooks. As a strong safety, Woodyard might push Jermaine Phillips or Sabby Piscitelli in a couple of years.

DRAFT VALUE: Some rank Woodyard as a Top 10 outside linebacker. He would appear to be a solid third- or fourth-round pick.

SCOUT.COM'S TOM MARINO'S ANALYSIS: Highly productive backer with outstanding straight-line speed. Has good playing instincts but also appeared to be very stiff and mechanical. Tough and game ready, but is very much a tweener. Too small for will backer and far too stiff for the back end. Will be hard to run off, but I don't know where he fits at the professional level. Has made a lot of plays and should develop into a good special team player. Late round consideration but more likely a priority free agent.

WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE SAYING:

"Woodyard is a bit of a 'tweener for the next level. He plays an aggressive brand of football and has proven himself to be a reliable open-field tackler. However, he lacks the size and strength teams prefer at linebacker, really struggling with holding up at the point of attack. Woodyard's rare straight-line speed and fine instincts make him a potential fit as an in-the-box strong safety." — NFLDraftscout.com

"Woodyard is a disappointing prospect who is a better athlete than football player. He should make a lot more plays than he does. He likely will be drafted late because he is sure to shine during pre-draft workouts. If his instincts improve and he adds 10-15 pounds of bulk, Woodyard could stick as an NFL linebacker. With his lack of aggression, he is no lock to help on special teams." — Sportingnews.com.

MATTHEW POSTINS' BOTTOM LINE: I like Woodyard a little better than many scouts because I see a player that could add the 10-15 pounds he needs to be a weak side linebacker at the NFL level. I also came away impressed with his practices at the Senior Bowl. But, with Brooks on the roster, and Quincy Black, Adam Hayward or Cato June his eventual replacement, the Bucs can do without drafting Woodyard and seek help at other spots in the fourth or fifth round of this draft.


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