Prospect Profile: Ronald Stanley

Ronald Stanley School: Michigan State
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 235 40: 4.75 Year: 4Sr

Bio:Four-year starter and All-Conference selection who led the team in tackles as a senior posting 125/9/2. Accumulated 100 or more tackles each of the past three seasons. Used at both outside and middle linebacker.

Positives: Efficient, alert defender who flies around the football. Diagnoses the action, takes good angles to the play and quick locating the ball. Breaks down well, scrapes well laterally and rarely off his feet. Disciplined, does not bite on ball fakes and immediately picks up coverage assignments. Displays quickness and explosion filling gaps up the field.

Negatives: Not fluid dropping into space and does more turning and chasing than actual covering. Cannot immediately alter his angle of attack. Slow getting through the trash laterally and held up at the point of attack by blocks. Not a sudden or explosive defender.

Analysis: A consistent defender with excellent intangibles and football intellect, Stanley lacks the pure size/speed numbers for the next level. The inability to be effective in pass coverage lends one to believe he's best off on the inside of a 34 defense where he is allowed to freely flow to the action. An inexpensive backup who must make it on special teams.

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