LB Carmen Messina (New Mexico) - Undrafted Free Agent
Former New Mexico Lobo Carmen Messina is the second undrafted linebacker we are taking a look at with a scouting report. We profiled on Saturday, and now it's time to take a look at Messina, who put up some big numbers in college.
A tightly wound linebacker prospect who showcases a stronger looking lower half. Possesses some obvious stiffness in his hips when asked to drop off into contact. Doesn't' generate a ton of depth off the line of scrimmage. Pops upright and has a tough time keeping his base down and cleanly changing directions. Too often he needs to collect himself and even then lacks much of a first step to close off his frame. Demonstrates a solid feel in zone coverage, but doesn't cover a ton of ground and isn't a guy who can quickly re-direct and hold his own in man down the seam or out of a receivers breaks.
2008: 37 tackles, 1 sack, 2 FF
2009: 163 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FF, 1 INT
2010: 115 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF
2011: 142 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT
Outlook for 2012
Much like Sneed, Messina faces an uphill battle in making the 53-man roster due to how many linebackers are on the team. If he has a good training camp and performs well on special teams, he could potentially earn a spot on the roster, but it's more likely that he ends up on the practice squad if the Lions decide to keep him around.
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