Mike Mohamed, ILB, California

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Mike Mohamed, ILB, California

Postby Pudge » Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:47 pm

California Senior
40: 4.75 (estimated)


Has good size and frame. Shows ability to make the stop at the point of attack. Can take on the lead blocker and does a decent job getting off blocks. Wraps up and is a nice tackler. Has decent hips and shows good speed when asked to move in space.


Lacks bulk, and has a tall, thin build. Not a big hitter or overly physical defender. Needs to take better angles in space and will miss some stops there. Doesn't have great awareness and recognition.


Mohamed was a productive player at Cal, playing both inside and outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme. But he rarely shined in the games I saw of his. He was a full-time starter for two years, although got a lot of playing time in each of the past three. He combined for 294 tackles, 19 for loss, 7 sacks, 7 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and returned 2 picks for scores in those years. His playing weight was probably closer to 235 this year, and he could easily support 250 pounds on his frame.


Nothing really pops about Mohamed's game, but he is just a fairly consistent guy that can do most things, but none of them too well. I think he probably has a lower learning curve playing in a 3-4 scheme, but he's not quite the impact playmaker most teams are looking for in that scheme. He's not a great pass rusher, nor is he great in coverage. He probably is a guy that might have better long-term upside playing SAM linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He's the type of guy that spends a year or two as a reserve, then earns a starting spot and is effective, but nothing special. He reminds me a lot of Matt Stewart in that way, because Stewart also had the capacity to play in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, but was never good enough to hold a starting spot long-term.


Mohamed could push Nicholas for his starting spot. He has the potential to be an upgrade in coverage, although he isn't the type of player that you'd want on an island against quality tight ends. As a run defender, he's decent, but not as physical as Nicholas, and not going to impact any more. He probably wouldn't be ready to make a serious push for a starting gig until his second or third year. And truthfully, even if he won it, it's likely that a year or two later the Falcons would be looking for someone else to replace him.


Mohamed adds depth and can push for a starting spot down the road. The earliest he should probably go off the board is in the fifth round.

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

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