Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Mike Needham

Outside linebacker
School: Southern Utah | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2.5 / 227 | 40: 4.58 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.25
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Three-year starter who was named First Team All-Big Sky in each of those seasons. Led Southern Utah with 100 tackles (seven for loss) as a senior. Tied for the Big Sky lead with five interceptions and led the team with 76 tackles (nine for loss) while adding three sacks and eight pass breakups in 2016. Recorded 95 tackles (8.5 for loss), three interceptions, three forced fumbles and seven PBUs as a sophomore. Served on a two-year mission in Mexico in 2013 and 2014. Finished his true freshman season as a starter and made 67 tackles (five for loss) with one sack.
Pos: 
Athletic run-and-chase linebacker who plays aggressive football. Effectively reads and diagnoses the action, remains disciplined with assignments and takes proper angles to the action. Efficient, incredibly instinctive and displays a closing burst to the action. Covers a good amount of area, works hard and wraps up tackling.
Neg: 
Easily controlled at the point by blocks and slow to get back to balance off the initial hit. Often gets caught up in the wash.
Analysis: 
Needham is an athletic pursuit linebacker with the ability to make a roster as an eighth linebacker.