6-1/236 Virginia Tech
Pros: Has good instincts and a nose for the ball. Can play in pursuit, with nice burst and closing speed. Has pop as a tackler and a physical player. Does a good job not over pursuing and takes good angles to the ball. Has potential as an interior blitzer. Shows some ability in zone coverage.
Cons: Lacks size and doesn't have ideal speed and quickness. Doesn't match up well in man coverage and is not all that ﬂuid when working in zone. Gets caught up in traffic too much and has trouble getting off blocks at the point of attack.
Overview: Warren is a nice run stopper, but doesn't really excel in any area. Was successor to Vince Hall in the middle this past year, his lone year as a full-time starter. Missed most of 2006 season with foot injury. Son of former Redskins tight end Don Warren (1979-92).
NFL Forecast: I think his best position will probably be as a 3-4 inside linebacker. I don't see future starting ability, but down the road he could be a nice stopgap. Could work in the 4-3 as a middle linebacker, but would really need a solid defensive line in front of him. More than likely, he'll be able to stick on this level if he's as physical on special teams as he is on defense. I think he'll be a solid backup at a middle spot for some team, but he lacks the ideal upside and physical skills to develop as a future starter.
ATL Forecast: Warren could be an OK backup to Lofton in the middle. He'd basically be a special teams guy much in the same way that Tony Gilbert has been for his entire career and currently is now. He could push Gilbert for the job, but more than likely he wouldn't get that many reps as a rookie, except on special teams. His impact on defense probably would be minimal. Probably the best you can hope for is that he is as good a special teams player as Larry Izzo, although he will probably be slightly better on defense.
Value: Warren might merit a seventh round pick, but he's mainly a career backup.
Scouting Reports of inside and outside linebackers in the 2009 NFL Draft
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