Oregon State Senior
PROS: A physical player that likes to hit and shows some pop as a tackler. Does a nice job wrapping up. Shows decent speed and closing burst on the ball. Does a nice job attacking upfield and working in pursuit. Shows ability in man coverage.
CONS: Lacks ideal speed and range. Doesn't have great instincts when defending the run. Needs to get bigger and stronger and fill out his frame more. Doesn't have ideal hips when working in coverage, and limited as a blitzer off the edge.
OVERVIEW: Earned a reputation as a wild man on Oregon State's defense. A two-year starter that was more productive as a junior than senior.
NFL FORECAST: He's a player that can definitely stick in the NFL, particularly as a SAM linebacker. He weighed 225 at the Shrine game, but has since added more muscle. He needs to continue to add muscle and probably should wind up weighing around 245 to have maximum impact because he was undersized as a tackler that could be overpowered at the point of attack. He has the disposition that makes you believe he can be a stud special teams player and have a long, productive NFL career in that role. Has the ability to be a decent starter down the road, but will probably only work in a scheme that primarily has him in coverage. Eventually, his team will want a more versatile and rangy player at his position. Reminds me a bit of Matt Stewart, but not as good a pass rusher.
ATL FORECAST: Kristick could compete with Nicholas for the SAM spot in a year or two because he offers more upside in coverage. But he would need at least a year to fill out his frame and get stronger, and he won't be as good vs. the run or rushing the passer as Nicholas is. Instead the ideal role for him going forward would be if he can improve in coverage, platooning with Nicholas as a potential nickel linebacker. But more than likely, he would be a career backup in Atlanta that would have to stick on special teams.
VALUE: Kristick is a nice late round pick for a team looking for a reserve outside linebacker that can impact on specail teams. The earliest he should go off the board is the sixth round.
Scouting reports of outside and inside linebackers in the 2010 draft.
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