Draft prospect: Barrett Ruud

Inside linebacker Barrett Ruud is another among the many college football prospects that the Green Bay Packers may pursue in the upcoming NFL Draft, but probably not until the second or third round. Ruud is a solid tackler from the University of Nebraska who might allow the Packers to move Nick Barnett to an outside linebacker position.<p>

Ruud was considered by many as a first-round pick last fall, but his stock has fallen since the Senior Bowl in January. "The deal is Ruud was a very nice but unspectacular player," said TFY Draft Preview's Tony Pauline. "Blesto and National scouting rated him as one of the best players in the draft coming into the season .... he was never more than a third round pick."

Various mock drafts list Ruud as a late-first round or second round pick. Ourlads.com had the Packers selecting Ruud with the 24th pick of the first round in mid-March, but has since revised their mock draft, moving Ruud to the 30th overall selection. The Packers have two second-round selections (Nos. 51 and 58), so it is possible that they will take a chance on the Nebraska linebacker if he is still available.

Here is more information from scout.com on Ruud:

Ht: 6-2.5

Wt: 241

40 time: 4.76

Year: 4Sr

Bio: Consistent All-Conference performer since his sophomore campaign. Led the team in tackles as a senior posting 143/18/3 after numbers of 149/14/2.5 as a junior.

Positives: Instinctive defender who relies on great football intelligence to make plays. Immediately diagnoses the action, takes good angles to the ball and very efficient. Scrapes well laterally, solid in pursuit, and redirects well to the ball carrier. Tough, and works very hard to get involved. Effectively uses his hands to slide off blocks and fierce moving up the field. Solid tackling technique. Disciplined and stays with assignments. Tallied a game-high 17 tackles, including four tackles for a loss, in Nebraska's 24-3 win over Missouri last year.

Negatives: Struggles in coverage and does not quickly change direction. Marginal strength at the point and not a linebacker who stops ball carriers dead in their tracks.

Analysis: Efficient in all manners of the game, Ruud possesses intellect and great work ethic. Does not possess the great upside for the next level, yet the ability to learn and retain complicated defensive schemes could keep him around the league for a long time.

Up next: Wednesday, packerreport.com will take a closer look at University of Akron quarterback Charlie Frye.

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