Nick Bellore, ILB, Central Michigan

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Nick Bellore, ILB, Central Michigan

Postby Pudge » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:10 pm

Central Michigan Senior
40: 4.80 (estimated)


A physical player that is willing to meet a blocker in the hole. He'll deliver a hit to the ballcarrier because he has decent closing speed. Does a nice job breaking down and wrapping up at the point of attack.


Has limited speed and range and doesn't show the instincts or ability to make plays in space. He tends to play on his heels at times rather than attacking the ball. Gets caught in traffic at the point of attack at times and others when he's trying to work in pursuit. Will shoot through the wrong gaps.


Bellore was a productive player at CMU, but is an athletically limited run defender. He had his best season as a junior, where he had 132 tackles, 13 for loss, 3 sacks, and 5 passes defended. He was a four-year starter that came back with 90 tackles, 7 for loss, 1 sack, and 2 passes defended as a senior.


Bellore is another guy that will have to stick on special teams to have any sort of NFL future. He's a tough, physical player, but simply won't be able to match up in coverage or be able to make plays in space. If he can contribute on special teams, I think he can land a reserve gig for a couple of years. But he doesn't have the upside that he is worth really a lot of development, and eventually more talented players that can also contribute on special teams will come along and push him by the way side. Playing in a 3-4 scheme gives him the best chance to impress in camp with his toughness and should not as expose his athletic limitations as much.


Bellore would just be a body here in Atlanta. He doesn't have the height and frame to think moving him to SAM linebacker will be an adequate move, and he is too limited to really be a factor inside. He would be just a camp body and unless he really shined on special teams, probably wouldn't even make the practice squad.


Not worth drafting, but some 3-4 team should bring him to camp in the hopes he can push for a practice squad or special teams role.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.0
Tackling: 3.0
Coverage: 1.5
Point of Attack: 2.5
Instincts: 2.0
Pass Rush: 1.5
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