Scouting Report: Mike Nattiel

TFY Draft Preview's Tony Pauline offers his analysis on the Vikings' second selection in the sixth round, linebacker Mike Nattiel.

Name: Mike Nattiel School: Florida Year: 4Sr

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 228 40: 4.61 Pos: OLB

Bio: Started 13 games at strong side linebacker as a senior totaling 148 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and defending 6 passes. Used at weak side linebacker as a junior starting eight games and registering 66 tackles with 2 pass defenses. Originally moved in with the first unit as a true sophomore when he posted 61 tackles and intercepted the only 2 passes of his college career. Nephew to former Florida receiver Ricky Nattiel.

Pos: Athletic linebacker built for the weak side. Displays a good feel in coverage, can pedal, turn and play over the slot receiver. Gets depth on his drops, shows good range and takes fine angles to the action. Fluid moving laterally and redirects to the play.

Neg: Taken out by blocks but not strong at the point of attack. Does not always play under control and lacks a closing burst.

Analysis: Either a nickel linebacker or backup who could eventually move into a starting role two years down the road.

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