HoosierCat Posted February 18, 2008 Report Share Posted February 18, 2008 Interesting story from "Big C" @ DDN.http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/o...igcbengals.htmlBengals with inside track to stud LB MylesBy Carlos "Big C" HolmesStaff WriterSunday, February 17, 2008There is no question that the Cincinnati Bengals will be looking to add some depth at the linebacker position during the NFL draft and could have the inside track to an incredible talent in Louisville LB Lamar Myles.Myles is a player who has received little attention from teams as of late. However, the Bengals are one team with the 411 and could have their sights set on the hidden gem.The 6-foot-0 220-pound junior linebacker declared himself eligible for the draft after receiving a fifth-round grade from the NFL advisory board and decided to jump ship. Myles thought the grade would be good enough to earn him an invite to the combine and under normal circumstances it would, but for whatever reason he was left off the list.Myles' entry into the draft caught some people by surprise including his trainer Clif Marshall, who operates Ignition Athletes Performance Group in Mason Ohio."I knew Lamar had a great year, but I wasn't expecting him to come out," Marshall said. "The decision caught me off guard but we're glad to have him in the program. I know when he came out he thought hard and prayed about it. Lamar is a phenomenal athlete and will open some eyes at the school's pro day."Marshall has a history with the linebacker that dates back to his days as assistant strength coach on the Cardinals' coaching staff when Myles was a freshman.Marshall said he saw something in Myles back then and believes he has what it takes to be successful at the next level."I've been around the game long enough to know that Lamar will be on an active roster," Marshall said. "He will be productive on special-teams in his first year and he will make a great linebacker some day in the NFL."Marshall has worked with the Bengals the past three off-seasons and was with the team full-time during the '05 and '06 season as their strength and conditioning coach. Marshall currently has 16 NFL prospects who are training at Ignition for the Combine and Pro Day workouts.While NFL teams scramble to watch film on Myles, the Bengals are getting firsthand information from some of the team's players. Bengals LB David Pollack, who is acting as an assistant to Marshall and mentoring the prospects, and teammate LB Landon Johnson have put Myles through some rigorous linebacking drills during workouts. Word is that he has been impressive.Freak-a-zoidWhen it comes to getting his freak on in the weight room, Myles is no joke. He broke nearly every lifting record at Louisville. He's described as a genetic freak in the weight room. By no means is he just a workout warrior, but possesses some serious football skills. In other words he's got game.Myles lead the Cardinals in tackles this season with 128 stops. The player who finished second on the list, Bobby Buchanan, had 54 tackles which is quite a disparity. Myles had an insane 22 tackles in the game against instate rival Kentucky.For the time being, Myles is flying under the radar but you can expect for his name to be heard a lot in Bengals camp now that the word is out.Big C's Scouting Report:Myles is a very instinctive, aggressive, linebacker with excellent sideline-to-sideline speed. He's a ferocious hitter and sure-tackler. He played middle linebacker in college but will likely be moved to the outside position in the pros. Myles has a chiseled frame and plays the game like it's meant to be played. He has great change-of-direction and does a nice job dropping back into coverage. He is a quick study and goes about his business quietly. Myles has all the physical tools to play at the pro level, but NFL scouts are more interested in gauging his straight-line speed. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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