Shows decent speed when he's playing in space. Shows some ability to make stops on the backside pursuit. Plays with good motor and recognition when defending the run. Will break down and make the tackle on the edge. Does a good job maintaining outside contain, and usually doesn't get caught out of position vs. the run. Shows ability to beat the fullback or tight end at the point of attack to make the play. Has a decent first step and coupled with a decent punch, flashes potential as a bull rusher off the corner. Can drop off in coverage and does a nice job keeping things in front of him in short zones.
Undersized for a defensive end and won't hold up there at the next level. Lacks ideal speed and range when playing in space. Doesn't have the hips to really match up well in coverage. Doesn't have the first step or burst to consistently beat blocker off edge or close on the QB to make the play in the backfield. Takes poor angles at times when coming free off the corner, leading to missed stops.
Trattou is an undersized end that has experience playing end in 3 and 4-man fronts at Florida, as well as playing with his hand off the ground. But he projects much better to playing linebacker in a 3-4 scheme at the next level. Had his best season as a senior with 57 tackles, 12 for loss, and 2 sacks. For his career, he had 3 picks as well, and 27 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks.
Trattou will never be an impact pass rusher. Even if you can develop his bull rush, a career season for him will be like 3.5 sacks. Instead, he's going to have to develop in coverage and as a run defender to stick in the NFL. Also, special teams will be a big part of it early on. If he can play on special teams (and I think he should), and puts in the work to improve as a run defender and in coverage, he might turn into a decent reserve SAM linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He'll fit best in a scheme like the Patriots, where he'll split his reps defending the run, playing in coverage, and rushing the passer. He'll never have the athletic tools or upside to be a starter, but if he can pull his weight on special teams then I think he can at least make it a few years beyond his rookie contract as a reserve.
Trattou isn't a good fit in Atlanta. Potentially as a 4-3 defensive end if he had gone the other way and bulked up he could have developed into a Chauncey Davis-esque rotational player and run defender. But slimming down to play OLB, means that he's too much of a project without the sort of speed and range that the Falcons need in their scheme.
For a 3-4 team looking to add some depth that can perform on special teams, Trattou might merit a 7th round pick. But because he doesn't have ideal upside down the road as a starter, you'd feel much better if you could snag him as an undrafted prospect.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 3.0
Pass Rush: 2.5
Scouting reports of the linebackers in the 2011 Draft.
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