Brian Rolle Scouting Report
Brian Rolle
Brian Rolle - Ohio St. (HT: 5-9⅝ - WT: 229)
Combine 40: 4.56 - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 14 of 32

Positives: Has good speed and quickness, plays with quick feet and good straight-line speed in the open field... Has a solid closing burst, hits an extra gear within 10 yards of ball carrier... Does an excellent job of protecting legs against cut blocks at the second level while keeping eyes on the play... Has good hands, and will make a lot of plays when dropping into deep zone coverage... Displays good instincts in coverage and breaks on the ball quickly when it is in the air... Takes good angles and breaks down well at contact, plays fast but does not miss a lot of tackles... Is shifty and quick at the line of scrimmage, is hard to block and is small enough to find creases in the line... Plays with a good motor, flies around the field and rarely gives up on plays across the field... Is a good runner with the ball in his hands, has the ability to avoid tackles and get good yardage on interception returns, displays good field vision... Can lower shoulder and make explosive hits, surprisingly hard-hitting for his size... Has been a valuable special teams contributor for Buckeyes... Is very aware of what he must do to help teammates get better, is an education major, likes to teach younger players how to play the game... Is the cousin of NFL safety Antrel Rolle.

Negatives: Plays a lot more like a hybrid safety/linebacker, has good speed, but is very small for the position... Has not put up flashy numbers in any given year, especially in the solo tackles department (85 career solo tackles)... Only three career sacks, had just a half sack coming into this season... Inconsistent production, recorded five or fewer tackles six times in 2010... Tackles a little high at times, leaves feet or drags down ball carrier at the shoulder pads, which he will not be able to do against larger backs in the NFL... Has limited upside at the linebacker position, may find himself as predominantly a special teams contributor early in career... May project better as a safety in the NFL, has the speed, quickness and ball skills to play safety, and is simply too small to be a productive full-time linebacker at the next level.

  202 85 117 19 3 1 4 1 1
2007 Ohio St.   11 5 6 ½ 0 0 0 0 0
2008 Ohio St.   21 8 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
2009 Ohio St.   94 37 57 7 ½ 0 1 0 0
2010 Ohio St.   76 35 41 11½ 1 2 1 1

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