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Eagles Roll With LB Rolle In Sixth Round

Rolle, a bit undersized at 5-9 1/2, 229, started for the Buckeyes at middle linebacker for the past two seasons and was a valuable contributor on special teams for four years. The Eagles found success with a late-round Buckeye in 2010 with the selection of safety Kurt Coleman, and Rolle will look to follow in those footsteps.

Here's Tony Pauline's full scouting report on the Immokalee, FL, native.

Bio: Two-year starter at middle linebacker awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after leading Ohio State in tackles with 76/11.5/2.5. Also intercepted two passes and broke up four more. Junior numbers included 95 tackles.

Pros: Small yet fearless linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Fast moving in all directions of the field, fluid getting out to the flanks, and gets depth on pass drops. Quick to read and diagnose the action. Fires up the field filling gaps in run defense then immediately changes direction and loses no momentum. Displays tremendous range on the field, has a burst to the play, and is effective in pursuit. Breaks down well, gets his hands up, and is rarely off his feet.

Cons: Does not have great size.

Analysis: Rolle has been a terrific linebacker who was out of place in the middle of Ohio State's defense. Size limits him at the next level, but he could be an effective backup in a one-gap system or potentially get consideration at strong safety. Plays with a special teams mentality, which enhances his possibilities in the NFL.

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