GREG LLOYD II
40: 4.85 (estimated)
Physical run defender that has good size and pop as a tackler. Can make the stop in the open field. Does a good job taking on and shedding blocks, even being a touch matchup for linemen. Gets upfield well and fills hole, doing his best work when he can get downhill. Shows a decent feel for zone and working in space. Has some potential as a blitzer and pass rusher.
Not overly instinctual, and has a tendency to be hesitant on his reads and when reacting to the play. Can get caught out of position against the play action. Is not a fluid athlete and lacks awareness when working in man coverage. Struggles to make plays outside the hashmarks because he has limited speed and range.
Lloyd had a tough senior year. He tore his ACL and MCL at the end of the 2009 season. He was expected at one point to redshirt. He wound up starting the first 3 games before it became clear that he wasn't 100% and was benched. He finished the year with 4 starts in 7 apperances, and had 25 tackles, 3 for loss, and 1 interception. His breakout year came as a junior before his injury, which he had 91 tackles, 3 for loss, and 1 sack in 12 games. He is the son of the ex-Steelers linebacker, but they don't have a relationship ever since Greg Sr. was accused and pleaded no contest for assaulting Greg Jr. and his mother with a gun in 2002. Apparently, Greg Jr.'s grades weren't up to par, and Greg Sr. placed the gun in his mouth and threatened to kill him.
Lloyd projects well as a 3-4 inside linebacker. He's a good run defender that you like his size and strength. But he's limited in terms of his speed and range and will have to play in a scheme that isn't asking him to make plays in space. He has the potential to develop as a starter in a 3-4 scheme down the road. But he's a guy that will be limited in coverage and be somewhat a liability there. If he can improve his awareness in coverage, he might be able to get by down the line. But his ability to get that opportunity in the future as a starter will depend on him playing special teams early on. But even if he struggles on the defensive side of the ball, I wouldn't give up on him. I would probably try and convert him to a fullback on offense. He has the size and physicality that he could make a nice project at that position if he proves to be too limited to play defense. Ultimately, I think he can be a starter on defense working beside a faster, rangier ILB in a 3-4, but he won't be special because of how one-dimensional he is.
Lloyd would probably best fit in Atlanta making a move to SAM linebacker. He is even more limited in terms of coverage, speed, and range than Lofton is. But he's also probably too limited in those areas to think he could be anything more than an adequate starter on the outside. But he has similar tools as Nicholas, in that he is tough, physical, and good when he's working near the line of scrimmage or upfield, but limited in coverage and not overly instinctual. At best, he would be another Nicholas that would be a liability in nickel situations unless he's blitzing.
For a 3-4 team looking for a two-down run defender that they can develop down the road, he would make a nice sixth round pick. While he is a good run defender, he just doesn't have the upside in coverage to really like his chances to compete as a starter. He's more of a backup.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 4.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
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