NFL Draft Report: Top ILB Comparisons

Dave-Te' Thomas of The NFL Draft Report pits Luke Kuechly against the top inside linebackers of last year: Akeem Dent (third round, Falcons), Nate Irving (third round, Broncos), Kelvin Sheppard (third round, Bills) and Martez Wilson (third round, Saints).

INSIDE LINENACKER TALE OF THE TAPE

PLAYER

SCHOOL

NFL TEAM

HEIGHT

WEIGHT

40-YD

KUECHLY, Luke

Boston College

 

6:02.1

237

4.68

DENT, Akeem

Georgia

 

6:01.0

242

4.77

IRVING, Nate

North Carolina State

 

6:01.0

240

4.76

Sheppard, Kelvin

Louisiana State

 

6:01.7

250

4.70

WILSON, Martez

Illinois

 

6:03.6

250

4.56

 

RUN  DEFENSE COMPARISON CHART

Player

TK

SO

AS

TFL

NG

KUECHLY

191

102

89

13.0-37

14

DENT

126

069

57

06.5-33

05

IRVING

092

046

46

21.5-79

04

Sheppard

116

046

70

11.0-59

05

WILSON

112

047

65

11.5-48

04

Player

ATT

YDS

TD

LG

YPC

1st

3rd

4th

RZ/GL

KUECHLY

124

350

0

22

2.82

09

14

02

14/13

DENT

065

133

2

27

2.05

09

08

01

11/04

IRVING

084

195

2

29

2.32

13

06

02

11/05

Sheppard

076

151

3

31

1.99

11

09

01

11/06

WILSON

071

148

2

26

2.08

11

06

01

09/06

NOTE-TK indicates total tackles recorded by the  defender…SO indicates solo tackles…AS indicates assisted tackles…TFL indicates  tackles behind the line of scrimmage/lost yardage…NG indicates times defender  stopped an opponent for no gain on a rushing attempt…ATT indicates plays made  vs. the run…YDS indicates yards gained by the defender's opponents on plays made  vs. the run…TD indicates touchdowns allowed vs. the run…LG indicates longest  rushing attempt gain vs. the defender…YPC indicates average yards per carry by  the opponent vs. the defender…1st indicates carries by an opponent  that resulted in a first down vs. the defender…3rd indicates  third-down plays made by the defender vs. the run…4th indicates  fourth-down plays made by the defender vs. the run…RZ/GL indicates plays made by  the defender inside the red zone/on goal-line plays vs. the run.

 

AGAINST THE RUN COMPARISON

PLAYER

GP

TKA

RK

TFLA

RK

NG

RK

KUECHLY

12

15.92

1

1.08

2

1.17

1

DENT

13

09.69

2

0.50

5

0.38

2

IRVING

13

07.08

5

1.65

1

0.31

4

Sheppard

13

08.92

3

0.85

3

0.38

2

WILSON

13

08.62

4

0.85

3

0.31

4

PLAYER

R/AVG

RK

3/4S

RK

RZ/GL

RK

PTS

TOT

KUECHLY

2.82

5

1.33

1

2.25

1

25

1

DENT

2.05

2

0.69

3

1.15

4

18

3

IRVING

2.32

4

0.62

4

1.23

3

15

4

Sheppard

1.99

1

0.77

2

1.31

2

23

2

WILSON

2.08

3

0.54

5

1.15

4

13

5

NOTE-GP  indicates games played…TKA indicates average tackles per game…RK indicates rank  in that category…TFLA indicates tackle-for-loss average per game…NG indicates  tackles of ball carriers for no gain…

R/AVG indicates opponents average gain per rushing attempt vs. the defender…3/4S  indicates third and fourth-down stops vs. the run…PTS indicates points for each  ranking category, players receive points based on their finish;-5 points for  first, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth, 1 for fifth…TOT indicates that  defensive lineman's final ranking vs. the other four defenders listed.

 

PASS  DEFENSE COMPARISON CHART

 STATISTICS

Player

TK

PB

INT

SACK

PR

KUECHLY

191

03

03

0.0-00

06

DENT

126

02

00

2.5-27

02

IRVING

092

02

01

7.0-45

09

Sheppard

116

02

01

4.0-29

02

WILSON

112

04

01

4.0-30

04

 PLAY BREAKDOWN vs. THE PASS

Player

ATT

NO

YDS

PCT

TD

1st

3rd

4th

IC

KUECHLY

118

50

289

42.37

00

11

45

03

45

DENT

020

09

068

45.00

01

06

04

00

04

IRVING

036

13

089

36.11

02

09

08

01

12

Sheppard

027

11

109

40.74

01

07

03

00

07

WILSON

031

17

145

54.84

03

09

03

00

07

NOTE-TK indicates total tackles recorded by the  defender…PB indicates pass deflections…INT indicates interceptions…SACK  indicates sacks recorded/lost yardage…PR indicates times defender pressured the  quarterback…ATT indicates number of passes attempted in the defender's area…NO  indicates number of passes caught by an opponent vs. the defender…YDS indicates  yards gained by the defender's opponents on plays made vs. the pass…PCT  indicates percentage of passes completed vs. the defender…TD indicates  touchdowns allowed vs. the pass…LG indicates longest pass completion vs. the  defender…1st indicates receptions by an opponent that resulted in a  first down vs. the defender…3rd indicates third-down plays made by  the defender vs. the pass…4th indicates fourth-down plays made by the  defender vs. the pass…IC indicates times the defender prevented his pass  coverage assignment from catching a pass (re-route/jam/covered on the play).

 

AGAINST THE PASS PERFORMANCE CHART

Player

GP

SKA

RK

PRA

RK

1st

RK

3/4SA

RK

KUECHLY

12

0.00

5

0.50

2

0.92

5

3.67

1

DENT

13

0.19

4

0.15

4

0.46

1

0.31

3

IRVING

13

0.54

1

0.69

1

0.69

3

0.69

2

Sheppard

13

0.31

2

0.15

4

0.54

2

0.23

4

WILSON

13

0.31

2

0.31

3

0.69

3

0.23

4

Player

PDA

RK

IC

RK

PTS

TOT

KUECHLY

0.50

1

3.67

1

21

2

DENT

0.15

5

0.31

5

14

5

IRVING

0.23

3

0.92

2

24

1

Sheppard

0.23

3

0.54

3

18

4

WILSON

0.38

2

0.54

3

19

3

NOTE-SKA indicates average of sacks recorded per game…RK  indicates rank in that category…PRA indicates average of quarterback pressures  per game…1st indicates average amount of passing first downs defender  allowed an opponent per game…3/4SA indicates average of third/fourth down stops  made by the defender vs. the pass per game…PDA indicates average of passes  defended (interceptions/ pass break-ups) by the defender per game…IC indicates  times the defender prevented his pass coverage assignment from catching a pass  (re-route/jam/covered on the play)…PTS  indicates points scored for each ranking category; players receive points based  on their finish-5 points for first, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth, 1  for fifth…TOT indicates that defender's final ranking vs. the other four  defenders listed

 

FINAL  REPORT CARD

PLAYER

GP

AR

AP

NP

PTS

RK

KUECHLY, Luke

12

25

21

04

50

1

DENT, Akeem

13

18

14

05

37

4

IRVING, Nate

13

15

24

01

40

3

Sheppard, Kelvin

13

23

18

02

43

2

WILSON, Martez

13

13

19

03

35

5

AVERAGE

13

18.8

19.2

3.0

41.0

 

NOTABLE-This chart lists the statistics compiled by each  defensive lineman during their respective seasons…AR indicates points scored in  the above Against the Run Comparison category…AP indicates points scored in the  above Against the Pass Performance Chart category…NP indicates points scored in  the above Negative Plays Charged category…PTS indicates total points scored from  all of these categories…RK indicates final ranking, based on total points  scored.

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