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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Michael Boley

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 236 | College: Southern Mississippi
 
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Overview

Michael has a lanky frame and needs to put on additional bulk. He is a very athletic linebacker, but is sorely lacking in playing strength. While his statistics speak for his production, it is because of his explosion and outstanding quickness roaming the field to make the play. He does a very good job of squeezing through tight quarters and shows urgency in his backside pursuit.

Boley has only marginal instincts and reaction ability in pass coverage. He is better suited to make plays on the move, as he will get engulfed trying to take on blocks at the line of scrimmage. He makes passive arm swipes at the point of attack and is not the type to make plays going down hill. Based on his frame, lack of strength and inability to shed blockers, it is apparent that he will not play strong-side linebacker in the pros. Having him come up in run force is sort of like leaving a box of doughnuts in a police station -- he quickly gets devoured.

Michael offers decent value as a special teams player, but unless he can rectify his marginal pass defense skills, he will probably struggle in a move to the secondary. He has the range to make plays in long pursuit and can locate the ball in backside pursuit. Boley has the linear speed to close on the ball and does a good job of maintaining contact with tight ends and backs in the short area. But, he appears stiff in his hips and this causes him to be late when he has to turn and run ability to run with the speedy receivers. He also spends too much time eyeing the backfield to maintain a relationship with the opponent on deep throws.

His fluid change of direction agility and burst make him a very effective edge rusher, but if a blocker gets a bead on him, he is quickly washed out of the play. Boley shows good stop-and-go action to redirect quickly and shows an excellent burst coming off the edge as a pass rusher. He is best when allowed to roam the field. Michael closes on the play with very good acceleration, but will get a little reckless, taking poor angles when he has to take the long route in order to avoid blocks.

This is a player that I feel will give some decent value, but he needs to greatly improve his work ethic in the weight room and must find a patient secondary coach to teach him the proper techniques of playing the ball in passing situations if he is to move to safety at the next level. With his slight frame, he would only bring value in certain situations (pass rush) as a linebacker and can't be considered an every down player at that position. He is certainly a work in progress, but his speed, production and athletic ability makes him worth a look on the second day of the draft. If he can adapt to playing safety in the pros, someone will get a productive player in Michael, but I doubt if he will ever add the bulk or gain the strength needed to be a pro linebacker.

2004 Season

Second-team All-American selection by College Football News … Ranked 13th in the nation in total tackles and seventh in stops for losses … Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year by College Football News … Added first-team All-Conference USA honors …

Started every game at strong-side linebacker, recording a career-high 151 tackles (101 solos) with eleven sacks for minus-74 yards and 22.5 stops for losses of 91 yards … His 151 tackles rank fifth on the school's season-record list behind Rod Davis (164 in 2003, 168 in 2002), Ron Cheatham (177 in 1974) and Mike Dennery (185 in 1972) … Only Cedric Scott (12 in 2000) and Adalius Thomas (12.5 in 1998) had more sacks in a season for the Eagles … His 22.5 stops for losses rank second on the school's season-record chart behind Davis (23.5 in 2002) … Had nine quarterback pressures and five pass deflections … Recovered three fumbles and caused three others … Earned Conference USA player of the Week honors vs. Cincinnati.

2003 GAME Analysis

California … Opened the season with 8 tackles (5 solos), a fumble recovery and a pass deflection.

Alabama-Birmingham … Totaled ten tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and caused a fumble when he stripped the ball from Lance Rhodes in the second quarter and the ball was recovered by USM at their own 8-yard line.

Memphis … Registered 16 tackles (13 solos) with a pair of stops for losses of 13 yards, including an 11-yard sack of Danny Wimprine in the fourth quarter … Also caused a fumble when he knocked the ball out of tailback DeAngelo Williams' hands that was recovered by linebacker Rod Davis in the third quarter.

Nebraska … Collected 10 tackles (7 solos) with two stops behind the line of scrimmage and a 4-yard sack of QB Jammal Lord in the first quarter.

Cincinnati … Followed with 18 tackles and three stops for minus-14 yards … Sacked QB Gino Guidugli for a 12-yard loss, causing a fumble that Michael recovered and returned 15 yards to set up a Damion Carter to Anthony Harris 34-yard touchdown reception.

Alabama … Was in on 14 tackles (10 solos), including stopping tailback Ray Hudson for a 2-yard loss in the second quarter.

South Florida … Registered 10 tackles (8 solos) and sacked QB Ronnie Banks for a 1-yard loss.

Louisiana-Lafayette … Had a string of seven straight games with at least ten tackles snapped, as he came up with 4 tackles (3 solos).

Houston … Credited with 18 tackles (13 solos) and three stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Texas Christian … Made 13 tackles (8 solos) with three stops for minus-21 yards, sacking QB Brandon Hassell twice in the third quarter for losses of 6 & 14 yards.

East Carolina … Had 10 tackles (7 solos) with a pass deflection and caused a fumble when he knocked the ball out of the hands of QB Paul Troth in the second quarter that USM recovered, setting up a 9-yard touchdown run by Southern Miss quarterback Dustin Almond.

Utah (Liberty Bowl) … Closed out the year with 13 tackles (10 solos) and a 5-yard sack of QB Alex Smith on a third-down play in the third quarter, forcing the Utes to punt.

2003 Season

All-Conference USA first-team selection … Moved into the starting lineup at strong-side outside linebacker … Finished second on the team with 142 tackles (89 solos), including eight sacks for minus-59 yards, 16 stops for losses of 70 yards and six quarterback pressures … Recovered two fumbles and caused another … Had a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown and deflected six passes … Had at least ten tackles in seven contests.

2002 GAME ANALYSIS

Jackson State … Made his starting debut with 14 tackles (10 solos) and 1.5 sacks for minus-11 yards.

Illinois … Added 11 tackles (7 solos) with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Memphis … Was in on 9 tackles (6 solos) and assisted in a stop for a 1-yard loss.

Alabama … Posted 15 tackles (11 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown.

Army … Credited with an 8-tackle performance.

South Florida … Added a forced fumble and six hits.

Cincinnati … Had ten tackles as he assisted on a 9-yard sack of QB Gino Guidugli, recovering a fumble on that play and returning the ball 32 yards.

Texas Christian … Collected 15 tackles (8 solos) with an 8-yard sack and two stops for minus-10 yards.

Alabama-Birmingham … Delivered 9 tackles (6 solos) and a 6-yard sack.

Louisville … Registered 8 tackles (4 solos) with a pair of sacks for losses of 13 yards and recovered a fumble.

Tulane … Followed with 14 tackles (12 solos), a 4-yard sack and three stops behind the line of scrimmage.

East Carolina … Had 12 tackles (7 solos), including an 8-yard sack.

Oklahoma State (Houston Bowl) … Deflected two passes and made 8 tackles.

2002 Season

Played in nine games, seeing limited action at linebacker, but saw more time on special teams … Recorded 5 tackles (3 solos) with a 1-yard sack and a fumble recovery.

2001 GAME ANALYSIS

Tulane … Made three tackles and assisted on a sack.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman … Twice named "Tomorrow's Team Player of the Week" by the Southern Miss coaching staff, once on offense and once on special teams.

Injury Report

1998: Suffered a left leg fracture in September of his high school junior season.

Track

Graduated in May, 2004 with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration … Son of Kenneth Boley, Sr., and Marilyn Pointer … Born 8/24/82 … Resides in Elkmont, Alabama.

High School

4.67 in the 40-yard dash … 295-pound bench press … 465-pound squat … 340-pound power clean … 33-inch vertical jump … 33 -inch arm length … 8 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed …

21/27 Wonderlic score.

Personal

Attended Elkmont (Ala.) High School, playing football for coach Tommy Hunter … Was an outstanding linebacker, wide receiver and running back … As a senior, he rushed for 1,015 yards on 126 carries and had another 746 yards receiving … Also averaged 44.1 yards on kickoff returns … Was equally tough on the defensive side of the ball, as he registered 104 tackles and intercepted five passes during his final year … Named to the Birmingham News' 1999 Class 3A All-State Team.

 
 

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