Jerry's Take on .... LB Kyle Killion

Kyle Killion's strong skills as an open-field tackler could help him gain the attention needed for roster consideration this season. Jerry Langton takes a closer look at the Indiana University linebacker.

Kyle Killion, LB


2005 stats: 63 tackles, 28 assists, 8-16 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery, 2 forced fumbles

The player: When you see this guy fly around the field and make some great hits, you kind of wonder why he wasn't drafted. Then you look at his stats as a junior (16.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles), when he played his natural middle position and was surrounded by better talent and you wonder why he didn't get first-day consideration. Then you get to his measurables. Although he has weighed in as high as 231, he generally played at 215-220 for Indiana, and doesn't have great natural straight-line speed. He simply doesn't look like an NFL linebacker, inside or out. But he's a smart kid, a whiz in zone coverage and a strong open-field tackler, so his future could be at strong safety or as a special-teams guy like Steve Gleason.

How he fits: The Colts have a lot of players similar to Killion at both linebacker and safety, so he'll have to do something special just to get noticed. He's not as vocal as guys like Brandon Hoyte and he doesn't have the upside of a Matt Giordano, but Killion is a proven college producer with great football sensibility. I expect the Colts will initially try him at linebacker and hope he can bulk up without losing his athleticism. If not, he may be given a look at safety.

Reminds me of: Leon Joe, Bears

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