Maurice Crum, Jr.
6-0/235 Notre Dame
Pros: He's a nice pursuit player with a nose for the ball. Shows some closing burst and is a capable tackler. Has good speed and quickness and shows potential in space and working in coverage. Does a nice job attacking the line of scrimmage and is a capable blitzer with nice closing burst off the edge.
Cons: Needs to play better at the point of attack. Gets stuck in traffic and has trouble getting off blocks. Lacks awareness in coverage. Not really a big hitter.
Overview: Crum was a good leader at Notre Dame, but doesn't have great upside for the next level. His father was an All-American at Miami in 1990.
NFL Forecast: Crum projects as a backup at the next level. If he can stick on special teams, then he'll be able to last in the league. If not, then he doesn't have great upside to play at the next level and won't. I think he could work as a MLB in a 4-3 scheme as well as a ILB in the 3-4. But he's just a backup that perhaps several years down the road could be make a serviceable stopgap starter. He has some potential to develop in coverage which means he could potentially play OLB if he develops there. But he's fairly raw at this point, and you like his athletic potential to match up more than his actual production there.
ATL Forecast: Crum could add depth to the Falcons, potentially at both MIKE and WILL spots. He probably has a better shot challenging Gilbert in the middle, assuming the Falcons still like Robert James on the outside. But he's a limited prospect that won't be a factor on defense.
Value: For a team desperate for depth and looking to try and develop a nickel linebacker, they might make him a late seventh round pick. But you're better off signing him as a free agent.
Scouting Reports of inside and outside linebackers in the 2009 NFL Draft
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