Scouting Report: Eddie Strong

Eddie Strong plays just as his name would indicate. He is also a versatile linebacker that saw action at all three spots in the middle of the defense. How does Strong project to the next level?

Full Name: Eddie Strong     School: Mississippi

Ht: 6-2     Wt: 245     40: 4.87

Year: 5Sr  Number: 1

Stats/ Bio

2001: Started 11 games at strong-side linebacker leading Ole Miss' in tackles with 105/6/2/0/4.

2000: Missed the entire season after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot during the pre-season.

1999: Second team Coaches All-SEC, making nine starts at weak-side linebacker and one in the middle  before starting at strong-side linebacker in the Sanford Independence Bowl.Led the team in tackles with 72/7/3.5/1/4.

1998: Earned All-SEC Freshman honors, playing in 12 games, making six starts at linebacker and finishing third on the team in tackles with 66/4/2.5.

Scouting Report

The Good: Powerful defender that may project to the strong side at the next level.  Forceful moving up the field, holds his ground against blocks and throws his body around the field.  Physical, squares into his tackles and wraps-up the ball carrier.  Gets adequate depth on his pass drops.

The Bad: Makes more plays going forwards then in reverse, lacks lateral speed, range and gets caught up in the wash moving to the flanks.  Hesitant when the ball's in the air.  

The Skinny: Playing style dictates middle linebacker but ability to out muscle opponents may move him over tight end.  

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