NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State ILB Max Bullough

NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State ILB Max Bullough

April 6, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Max Bullough (ILB), Michigan State

6’3” | 249 lbs.

2013 stats:

76 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, FF

Projection:

4th/5th Round

What scouts are saying:

“Big, tough, experienced, durable, competitive Mike linebacker who was a heart-and-soul type for the stingiest defense in college football. Like a coach on the field, Bullough is a throwback talent whose instincts and technique will have to compensate for athletic limitations for him to win a starting role.” (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"Terrific football intelligence. Keys and diagnoses quickly, understands run fits and spills willingly. Physical — good take-on/tackle strengh between the tackles. Pursues hard. Good tackler when he's able to square up ball carriers. Two-year captain with outstanding football character. Leads vocally and by example. Football is in his blood and approaches the game accordingly. ... Average athlete. Not explosive. Tight hips (exposed in space). Limited foot speed, lateral agility and range. Can be late to the perimeter. Struggles in man coverage and is stiff dropping/turning in coverage." (NFL.com)

" Linebacker Max Bullough, who was the talk of the Shrine Game after weighing-in at 260 pounds, checked in at 245 at his Pro Day, posting a 4.69 forty-time. He may have greatly improved his stock to be back in the mid-round mix." (Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting)

Fit for the Bears:

Though injuries were the main reason the Bears' linebacking corps performed so poorly last season, there was no doubting the effect Brian Urlacher's departure had on the unit and the defense as a whole. While a return to full health should mean drastic improvement this season, if the Bears want to start grooming a future leader on the defense, Bullough could be an option. He has experience playing the leadership role with a top defense, serving as the heart and soul of the Spartans' No. 1 D this past season. Yes, his mysterious suspension during the Rose Bowl raises flags, but on the field, acting as the linchpin to the country's best defense would figure to be enough to give him a shot.

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