LB Prospect Could Be Like Cato

The Colts have shown interest in a Cato June clone that should be available late in this year's draft. Could the Colts grab him and have the same success they had with June? Brad Keller has the analysis.

Louisville linebacker prospect Lamar Myles reminds ColtPower a lot of former Colt Cato June, now with Tampa Bay.

Many scouts were not sure that June, due to his smaller stature, could play the position at the NFL level, but he certainly proved to be more than capable.  Is Myles in a similar situation?

June played at Michigan, which has a better reputation for producing linebackers than Louisville.  Also, June was a more polished prospect coming out of college and showed a natural aptitude in coverage.

Both players were very productive throughout their college careers.  Myles in particular seemed to always be around the ball with 196 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, and seven forced fumbles.

But, he was lacked production in pass defense, with only one pass defended and zero interceptions in 34 games for the Cardinals.

Lamar Myles
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At 5 feet, 11 and 1/2 inches and 220 pounds, Myles almost looks more like a safety but, given his lack of experience and results in the passing game, would not be able to easily make the transition to the secondary.  And while he could cover a great deal of territory with his 4.6 40 speed, he does not seem comfortable playing with his back to the line of scrimmage and would need heavy training and tutoring by the coaching staff in order to make the necessary adjustments to the Cover 2.

But June was chosen in the sixth round in 2003 amid similar concerns and turned out just fine playing in the Indianapolis front seven.

Myles projects as either a seventh-round prospect or a priority free agent.

Myles has excellent special teams potential in the areas of kickoff and punt coverage, with an emphasis on covering kickoffs.  He has exceptional instincts, has a nose for the football, great top-end speed, and, by virtue of his seven forced fumbles, is a ferocious hitter that makes solid contact when he connects.

With the struggles the Colts endured in the kicking game in 2007, Myles would be a welcome addition and would instantly infuse the unit with some speed, youth, and tenacity.  Seen from that angle, he would be a good value pickup either in the last round or as a free agent.

The only issue is that Myles declared for the draft early as a junior on the pretense that he would be one of the top 200 prospects eligible for this year's draft.

Instead, he was not invited to the Combine and is currently ranked as the 20th overall outside linebacker by  He probably just received some bad advice, but he would certainly have gained some experience and possibly some bulk had he stayed at Louisville for his senior season.

His decision to opt out of his last year could be a sign of immaturity and could possibly result in reluctance on his part to be a willing participant on special teams. 

There is also the possibility, however, that he could take getting passed over so many times personally and use his time on special teams as an opportunity to punish the 31 teams that thought he wasn't worth a selection.

As a seventh round pick, or certainly a priority free agent, he's worth that chance.

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