Pros: Has good size and strength to hold at the point of attack. Has a nice motor and is a capable bull rusher.
Cons: Lacks quickness and a virtual non-factor as a pass rusher. A bit undersized even for a nose tackle at the next level.
Overview: Due to lack of ideal size and lack of explosion, he doesn't have a ton of upside. But he's a guy that will help an interior run defense. His sacks really only come when the quarterback steps up in the pocket into his waiting arms. Was suspended the 2008 opener for getting caught smoking marijuana. His production dropped as a senior, but he was a force as a junior with 8 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss.
NFL Forecast: Would make a nice backup in a 3-4 scheme, that down the road might be a decent option to start. I think he'd be best bulking up to around 300-310 pounds, much like Kelly Gregg. They share the same frame, and like Gregg, Byrd has the motor to stick on a roster. Just not sure he'll ever be more than a backup. A capable one, but not sure he'll be a starter. Maybe down the road, after a few years he could become a decent starter, much like Gregg. But more than likely he's just a rotation guy for a 3-4 team.
ATL Forecast: Byrd adds size to the Falcons rotation, but would only be a two-down player. After a few years, might be a good enough run stopper to start for the Falcons, but will never really impact as a pass rusher. More than likely, he'd boost the Falcons rotation, and would only start if the Falcons didn't have a more complete option. But would be a value
Value: For a 3-4 team, he's probably worth a fifth or sixth round pick or so to try and develop for depth. A 4-3 team could take him in the sixth or seventh round.
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