Year: Junior Height: 6’1 Weight: 241 40 Time: 4.62 Stats: NCAA

BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/6/07) – Rank: 65th Mock Median: 54.5 (2 mocks) Lo: 45 Hi: 66 Most Frequent: N/A

BSMW SUMMARY (as of 4/6/07)

Rated by some as the #2 inside linebacker behind first rounder Patrick Willis, Siler sounds in a lot of respects like a blue chip prospect for the Patriots. Though a early entry as a junior, the profiles say he’s a heady, consistent performer who is known for a grasp of his assignments and everyone else’s. Strong upper-body run plugger with instinct and aggressiveness. Good speed, quickness and range, can go sideline to sideline. Can get upfield in run defense and pass rush. Might not be the most nimble, athletic, instinctive guy in pass coverage, though. Unless he can overcome that, he could be limited to being an early down run stuffer. Nothing wrong with that – it’s a need for the Pats, and his intelligence and character seem to be perfect fit for New England, perhaps as a Ted Johnson-type. Bill Belichick worked him out privately in March. According to the mocks, we can expect to see Siler come off the board in the latter half of the second round. The Pats, as it stands today, have no picks between 28 and 91; it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the sweet spot of the draft could be in that range, and unless the Pats can manufacture some picks there, they will miss out on players like Siler.


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