R44 Posted March 7, 2005 Share Posted March 7, 2005 Figuring this is a cozy board, among friends, I thought I'd post a profile done by a new DD.com writer (Jerry Langton), who I've told about this site...Looking for feedback from all, but particularly from Alk (Ruud fan), Hammer, RSherry and TS, on this profile. Is this cat Jerry good or what? He makes us all look like clowns--he does this so easiliy. Actually watches tape....A piece he did yesterday is already up at DD.com. I think he's pro writer for a paper (used to be NYC, then moved back to Canada). By the way, Bitonti, I might add some thing else Jerry did before we post it at the site. ********* Jerry Langton ILB Barrett Ruud Nebraska Senior HT: 6'2 1/2 WT: 247 40: 4.69 POSITIVES: Big, fast, tough, strong, smart and instinctive, Ruud had the kind of productive college career linebackers dream about. With 86 tackles, 3 sacks and 18 stuffs as a senior, he capped a stunning tenure at Nebraska which saw him play extensively as a freshman and start in the middle the next three seasons. More than just another filler-and-chaser, Ruud has what appears to be a coach's understanding of the game and takes efficient angles while sealing off cutback lanes. Although he often uses his speed to run around blocks, he's adept at taking on and shedding blocks, Ruud uses his hands well to get rid of interference. Although not particularly long-legged, he has a nice initial burst and flows through his tackles to make complete stops. Ruud understands the nuances of zone coverage and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time - he's not the kind of guy receivers want to be around. Some observes think his blitzing and pursuit abilities would be better used on the outside. He'll play through pain and sacrifice his own health and stats for the betterment of the team. A fiery, intense guy, he amps up a team without running his mouth. Ruud plays just as hard on every snap no matter what the score or situation. NEGATIVES: Ruud's minuses are hard to find. People say he's not athletic, but he raised a lot of eyebrows when he caught Purdue WR Taylor Stubblefield in full stride from behind at Senior Bowl practice and convinced even more critics when he finished in the top two or three in every category at the combine. He's not the most natural guy you'll ever see in coverage, and usually used instincts and positioning to compensate in college. Critics also say he doesn't provide highlight-reel hits, but the biggest knock against him may be the spotty record of Nebraska products in the NFL. SUMMARY: Growing up in Lincoln with a dad (1975 first-rounder Tom Ruud) and two uncles who played linebacker at Nebraska, there's not much about the position he'll have to learn. He'll make an immediate impact in the NFL, perhaps gaining a starters' role very quickly. Although he may never get profiled on ESPN, he will improve some team's defense and competitive spirit. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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