Originally Posted by archibaldleach
I've read similar things. I wonder how much of him not performing well was due to linebacker being new to him. Give him months or practice, training camp, preseason, etc. and there could be some solid untapped potential there. Should be interesting to see where he gets drafted; seems to be the sort of guy someone like Belichick might take a chance on.
I'm sure that's some of it. But the folks who attend Pro Day know it's new to him. I imagine that the comments reflect relative judgments, not just absolute ones. It's not uncommon for guys to work out at unfamiliar positions for which they might be better suited at the pro level (linemen>linebackers, tight ends>fullbacks, corners>safeties, etc.) Some perform well enough to persuade that they can quickly become solid contributors at the new position. Others, less so.
Which is not to say that he can't learn and develop, of course. I hope he does. But I don't think it's as simple as saying "give him time to develop". I'm pretty sure the upshot of his Pro Day performance (taking the limited comments I read as the consensus) is that his performance made people (people who are skilled and experienced at making these sorts of judgments) less confident, rather than more confident, that he can successfully make the transition and and become a solid NFL linebacker.