Plenty of NFL draft sites have Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers projected as a “Day 2” pick, meaning he will likely be taken between the second and third rounds.
ESPN’s Todd McShay says otherwise, despite giving a positive review of Brothers’ “very good” season on Thursday morning.
“He’s got solid size,” McShay said. “He ran a 4.82 last spring … With Brothers, I think he improved his value, if you will, and the year he had will likely get him drafted on Day 3. Somewhere in that range.”
That would make him a fourth-round pick or worse, which probably wouldn’t surprise a Missouri fan base that’s seen its star linebacker get overlooked all year.
Despite leading the nation with 152 total tackles, Brothers was not a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker, and was not placed on any first-team All-America lists.
But he’s done enough to put him in solid draft position.
“Another year of experience, the instincts, recognition skills, you saw him really start to improve from a year ago and get to the ball quicker and make more skills,” McShay said. “I think Brothers probably helped himself the most in terms of the senior guys.”
McShay also discussed senior center Evan Boehm, who played much of the season with an ankle injury.
“NFL scouts go in, they do their due diligence, they talk to the trainers, they have the medical staff meet with them at the combine in additional meetings, if necessary,” McShay said. “They’ll figure out when he was injured, when he was 100 percent, and put more stock in what they saw from him when he was 100 percent and also how he played and the toughness he showed fighting through injury.”