With their final selection in the sixth round, the Eagles drafted Ohio State linebacker Brian Rolle. He was a guy that they looked at before the draft, and apparently a guy they liked enough to bring in.
Rolle is an undersized linebacker at 5’11″ and 218 pounds, but is a guy that flew around all over the field for the Buckeyes. As a junior he recorded 93 tackles and followed it up as a senior by recording 76 tackles.
If you watch Rolle on film, you’ll always notice him around the ball. He’s a relentless player with good speed who doesn’t quit until the whistle blows. If his teammate has the ball carrier wrapped up and the whistle hasn’t blown, Rolle will get his nose in there. On plays that move away from him, he takes good angles and has the speed to run down the ball.
As a sixth round pick, Rolle isn’t a guy who’s going to crack the starting lineup any time soon, but he’ll make the coaches notice him in practice with the way he plays.
My biggest concern about Rolle is definitely his size. He can easily be pushed around by blockers. He fights relentlessly to get off his blocks, but sometimes it’s not enough. I’m sure he’ll be asked to bulk up as he tries to make an impact in the NFL.
I can see Rolle being a good player for the Eagles next season on special teams because he doesn’t stop fighting. He’ll keep fighting until he finds the ball carrier and was a strong tackler in college.