6-0/232 Wake Forest
Pros: Does a nice job attacking the line of scrimmage and has a nose for the ball. Is adequate in coverage and can read the QB when dropping back into zone. Works best in confined space than the open field, but is a nice pursuit player.
Cons: Gets caught up in traffic, and not as good at the point of attack as you'd like for a MIKE. Doesn't do great on his zone drops. Lacks ideal speed. Not that good in the open field because he lacks ideal quickness and burst to the ball.
Overview: He was basically the other guy when it came to Wake's linebackers and Aaron Curry. However, he was probably greatly helped by all the talent that defense had around him. Played middle linebacker although his playing style is probably better suited to the weakside at the next level. However, because of lack of ideal speed, probably not going to impact there.
NFL Forecast: As a backup MIKE, he could stick at the next level. But he's another guy that is going to have to show things early on special teams in order to stick early on. He's an adequate player, but nothing special when it comes to playing defense. So in order to stand out, he'll have to be something on special teams. I think he has the potential to play inside in both the 3-4 and 4-3, but in both schemes will be largely reliant on the guys up front to keep blockers off him. But he's not a playmaker, and unless he was playing among a front seven that had three or more playmakers, I don't see him having a significant impact on defense. Basically, the longevity of his NFL career will be tied primarily to how good a special teams player he is. If he's a great guy on special teams, he could last five or six seasons. If not, then he'll be lucky to make it beyond two.
ATL Forecast: Arnoux might be worth a look as a backup middle linebacker, but unless the Falcons significantly improved their defensive tackle position, that's about all he could ever be. And unless he was a special teams ace, he'd probably be replaced by the time his rookie contract expires. But at this point, is probably not as good a backup option as Tony Gilbert.
Value: A team looking for depth at middle linebacker might think about taking him in the seventh round, but I'd probably let him go undrafted and invite him to camp.
Scouting Reports of inside and outside linebackers in the 2009 NFL Draft
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