Oct 11, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Toledo Rockets linebacker Junior Sylvestre (33) warms up prior to the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State defeated Toledo 37-30. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Junior Sylvestre, Toledo
6’0″ and just 222 lbs. but Junior Sylvestre from Toledo dominated at linebacker in 2014. But what position will he play at the next level? That is the question. Sylvestre finished last season with 100 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5 passes defended and 2.5 sacks at linebacker but with such a small frame, teams may be looking to move him to safety in the NFL. The Eagles are clearly intrigued by Sylvestre’s skill-set since they sent scouts to Toledo’s pro day. But what role would he play in Philadelphia’s defense?
If you remember during the 2014 season, the team used cornerback Nolan Carroll in a linebacker/defensive back hybrid role that Sylvestre would fit perfectly in. He has the size and speed to stay with wide receivers and tight ends in coverage but the run defense instincts to help there as well. Sylvestre could be a brand new chess piece for defensive coordinator Bill Davis to use in his varying defense.
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