Scouting report: Jets LB Eric Mahl

Even with the questionable state of the Browns linebacking corps, Eric Mahl was considered a long-shot to make the team, but displayed the intensity and quick learning skills to potentially be a player at the professional level.

In his short time with the Cleveland Browns, linebacker Eric Mahl quickly gained the reputation of a hard working and physically strong athlete.

Signed quickly by the New York Jets this week following his released by the Browns, Mahl, out of Kent State University, could prove to long-term project for the Jets, while earning his stripes on the special teams. While the Jets are looking at improving the lower-end of their roster with youth and athleticism, the signing of Mahl provides training camp depth and competition at the least for the playoff caliber team from New York.

Prior to the NFL draft in April and in the days following the draft, the Jets were one of the teams which had an interest in the linebacker, but Mahl decided to sign with his home-state Browns.

The San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers also talked to Mahl about signing as an un-drafted free agent.

"I'm anxious to get to show them what I can do," said Mahl.

Scouting report furnished by TFY Draft Preview:

Eric Mahl School: Kent State
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 244 40: 4.70 Year: 4Sr

Bio:Second-team All-Conference selection who posted 96/7.5/2 as a senior, adding a pair of interceptions. Started the previous two seasons, totaling a career-high 126 tackles as a junior.

Positives: Productive, hard-working battler consistently around the ball. Diagnoses the action, takes good angles to the play and displays a burst of speed in a straight line. Keeps the action in front of him and plays under control.

Negatives: Average skills in pass coverage and slow reacting when the ball's in the air. Slowed up in the wash moving laterally. Initially makes his move up the field and gets caught out of position against the pass.

Analysis: A hard-working linebacker with solid size/speed numbers, Mahl may be best on the inside in a system that allows him to freely flow to the action. Must significantly improve his skills in pass defense to have any chance at the next level.

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