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Howard LB Keith Pough: True Diamond in the Rough

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I am back with another late round prospect. Last time, we looked at the powerful Running Back from Stony Brook, Miguel Maysonet. Today, we are doing another pass rusher. though, this one is very athletic and can play inside linebacker just as well as he plays outside linebacker and he has the height and power to play defensive end.

Keith Pough, OLB/ILB/DE, Howard

Height: 6'2; Weight: 239

arm length: 33 1/2

40 time: 4.75

10 Yd dash: 1.66

Bench Reps: 17

Vertical Jump: 33

Broad Jump: 9'10

20-yd Shuttle: 4.47

3-Cone Drill: 7.28

Career Stats

349 Tackles

71 Tackles for loss

20.5 Sacks

2 Interceptions

9 passes deflected

4 Fumble Recoveries

Draft Projection: 5-6 Round

Technically, Pough is a Strong Side Linebacker but is very versatile and is able to play any linebacker position, so he could make for great depth. And with a few questionable signings at linebacker, it would not hurt to take a young guy with high potential to be great in the next couple years. Pough is a strong side linebacker by trade but shows he can play well at Inside linebacker as well.

In 2010 -- his first year as a starter -- he earned first-team All-MEAC honors.

In 2011, he was started every game and was first-team all-conference for the second straight season. When he finished his career, he was the FCS all time record holder in tackles for loss. He became one of the few D2 prspects to obtain an invite to the scouting combine

It was the East-West shrine game that put Pough on scouts' draft boards. NFLDraftScout.com said of his Shrine Game practices:

"He showed off his natural athleticism and coordination during drills and, while he has room to get stronger, his aggressive and violent playing style was impressive. Pough's physical attributes stand out, but so does his approach to the game. He brings a non-stop motor and competitive attitude to the defense, regardless if it's practice or a game."

NFL.COM said:

"Athletic chase linebacker with speed to close on quarterbacks in the pocket and running backs from the backside. Hustles to track down ball-carriers from across the formation, and has the length and change of direction skills to grab ball-carriers after engaging a lineman in a different gap. Usually finds the ball on misdirection plays. Brings bad intentions in his tackle attempts; drives targets back by dropping his hips and keeping his feet moving and straight-on meetings and throws down any ball-carrier in his path. Stays true to his containment responsibility and sheds blocks of FCS tight ends and tackles adeptly with strong hands and quickness. Willing to take on blockers in the hole or throw his body into tackles on the edge to help others make the play. Tosses aside running backs with strong hands when rushing the quarterback. Should be an effective open-lane blitzer due to his speed and flexibility to turn the corner or move around traffic in the pocket. Good movement skills in coverage, willing to lay the wood on short crossers when playing zone. Weaves his way through traffic with quick feet."

Overall, Pough is a relentless tackler that is able to hit the gaps on both run and pass plays. He gives 100% on every play and will chase down a player whether they are 5 yards away or 50 yards. Nothing slows him down and he makes great open field tackles. While he is better suited in an SSLB role, he can also play ILB very well.

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