Jerry's Take on .... LB Brandon Hoyte

The Colts picked up Notre Dame's Brandon Hoyte as a linebacker and special teams prospect. Jerry Langton provides his take on Hoyte as he continues to analyze this year's undrafted free agents.

Brandon Hoyte, LB
Notre Dame

Numbers:
5102/235/4.76

2005 stats: 53 tackles, 39 assists, 16.5-45 tackles for loss, 6-23 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 2 
forced fumbles

The player: From a production standpoint, there's not a lot to complain about with Hoyte. He rushes the passer, drops into coverage, sniffs out ball carriers and camps out in opposing backfields. He has extraordinary change-of-direction skills, is smart and appears to understand how offenses work (he is a former quarterback after all). He's also a vocal leader who gets his teammates up. But, even in college, he was frequently outsized, caught up in modest blocks and thrown off his charge if not stopped altogether. That's going to get even more challenging in the NFL and the big question will be whether or not he has the speed to compensate.

How he fits: Conventional wisdom says that Hoyte will never be more than a special teamer in the NFL, but that's what they said about guys like Gary Brackett and Cato June. While I don't expect Hoyte to ever become a starter, I wouldn't be too surprised if he developed into a decent backup linebacker.

Reminds me of:  Larry Izzo, Patriots


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