Temple - Owls
Tahir Whitehead - #2 - OLB
|Hometown:||Jersey City, NJ|
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/16/2012 Temple Pro Day||6-1 1/2||237||10 1/4||31 1/2||78 1/2||4.77||21||10'7"||35 1/2||4.16||11.53||7.18|
|02/29/2012 Combine||6-1 1/4||233||10 1/4||32 3/8||78||4.63||21||10'4"||37||4.37||7.16|
|01/30/2012 Players Classic||6-1 1/8||233||10 1/4||32||77 7/8|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||6-1 1/4||229||10 1/8||31 1/2||78 1/8||4.70|
Played safety, running back, receiver and tight end as a New Jersey prep. Committed to the Owls and then-head coach Al Golden in 2008, when he played all 12 games, recording seven tackles without any for loss or a sack. Had postseason surgery on his right shoulder. Played all 13 games in ’09, tallying 30-41 ⁄2-0 with two pass breakups and one forced fumble. Switched from jersey No. 31 to No. 2 in ’10, when he started 8-of-12 games outside and totaled 56-7 1⁄2-2 with two pass breakups, one interception and two forced fumbles. Started 12-of-13 games played at SLB in ’11 and recorded 70-13 1⁄2-5 with one pass breakup and four forced fumbles. The non-start was against Temple due defense opening in nickel coverage. Team captain.Positives:
Has large hands. Works to get off blocks — uses his hands well to punch/pull and free himself up. Chases aggressively and has good straight-line speed. Wrap tackler. Plays hard and does not shy from contact. Flashes potential as a blitzer. Played all three downs and has special-teams experience. Solid person and football character — well-respected, self-made leader who puts the time in to improve.Negatives:
Lacks ideal size and bulk — needs to continue getting stronger. Average physicality and tackle strength. Shows some tightness in his hips — is not fluid or sudden changing direction. Unnatural working in reverse.Summary:
A motivated, hardworking overachiever, Whitehead is a lean, competitive, college strong-side linebacker who will have to move to the weak side in the pros. Lacks starter-caliber size and athletic ability but has a good football temperament that could enable him to earn a backup job in a 4-3 and contribute on special teams.
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