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2017 NFL Draft: Prospect Analysis: LB Matt Milano

Where could this prospect end up?

NCAA Football: Boston College at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Matt Milano

Height: 6’0

Weight: 223 lbs


Combine Stats:

40: 4.67 seconds

Bench Press: 24 Reps (3rd among linebackers)

Vertical: 35 inches

Broad Jump: 126 inches (4th among linebackers)

Prospect Overview: Matt has had two solid seasons the past two years at the Heights. His junior year he finished the year with 60 tackles, a team-high 17.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. As a senior the Eagles switched him over to strong side and he finished as an All ACC Honorable Mention with 58 tackles, 11 for loss, 6.5 sacks, one interception, blocked punt. Matt has been a durable, hard hitting linebacker during his time at BC, something scouts have been impressed by.

Mike Loyko’s Draft Analysis: Matt Milano’s size and frame limit the number of systems and positions he could fit in the NFL. He has good instincts and reactions on defense allowing him to get into position to make a ton of tackles. Milano has good speed and can be a ferocious tackler for his size. He’ll need to play off the line in the NFL, likely as a 4-3 Will LB where he can run and chase the ball carrier. He’ll struggle to deal with the physicality of the NFL and taking on blocks at the line of scrimmage if playing near the line. Milano’s long-term future is likely on Special Teams. His straight-line speed, willingness to hit/tackle, and tenacity are all traits highly sought after for coverage teams. Milano is likely to be a 6th-7th round selection in my opinion.

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