LB Zack Follett (California) - Round 7, Pick No. 235
One of my favorite picks of the draft came in the seventh round. After already selecting an offensive tackle with their first selection of the seventh round, the Lions decided to draft their second linebacker of the day with the 235th pick. Like DeAndre Levy, the LB selected earlier in the day, Zack Follett was technically an outside linebacker in college. The difference between the two is that Follett played some MLB at Cal, though I believe that was mainly in the 3-4. Regardless, Follett has a ton of potential and is a big hitter. I don't care what people say about his technique, he gets to the ball and makes his target pay when delivering a hit. The best way to describe his play is by saying that he has a mean streak at all times.
Best trait per Scouts Inc.:
Flashes effective power moves coming off the edge and quick enough to turn the corner working against most NFL right tackles but doesn't show a variety of pass rush moves and could do a better job of setting offensive tackles up to the outside before redirecting inside.
POSITIVES: Instinctive linebacker who plays with good instincts. Breaks down well, quick in his head, and immediately locates the ball. Effective in run defense, fires up the field, and wraps up tackling. Tough, and works hard to get involved in the action.
NEGATIVES: Displays marginal skill in pursuit and lacks speed to the sidelines. Struggles in coverage, displaying a poor backpedal and average ball skills.
For more on Follett from California Golden Blogs, click here.
Senior Bowl practice (includes Follett making a play on Pettigrew in coverage):
- Butkus Award watch list highlights
- 2006 highlights
- 2007 highlights
- Highlights against Miami (FL) in the Emerald Bowl (2008)
- Huge hit against Tennessee (HD)
- Pro Day interview
- Interview after a loss to Maryland (2008)
- Big hit from Follett's younger years
- Follett's YouTube page (includes videos of his fish tank and a still frame video of him buying Guinness)
Outlook for 2009
Follett is a versatile linebacker that will probably be nothing more than depth this season. He definitely has potential, though. If he can stay healthy and work on his technique, he may be able to climb up the depth chart someday. Like I said already, he gets to the ball and makes plays. If he can improve his technique, then he will have a great skill set to go along with his aggressive, hard-hitting attitude.