2011 NFL Draft Profile: LB – Nicholas Bellore – Central Michigan

The Jaguars have been rebuilding the defense with some success. After the 2010 draft, the defensive line holds a promising future. However, the Jaguars have yet to see significant success from the LB position. Daryl Smith has proven himself to be a decent LB, but unfortunately, only one good LB will not provide the solid defense that a team looks for.

Kirk Morrison and Justin Durant have not proven themselves to be anything but average, if that. However, Nicholas Bellore, in my opinion, might have exactly what the Jaguars are looking for.

Bellore stands at 6’1″, 252 pounds which is solid, but has below average speed, running between a 4.6-4.8 40 yard dash. He started 51 consecutive games at UCM before a cut lip requiring 16 stitches sidelined him. He finished 2010 with 90 tackles, 7 of which were for a loss, a sack, and a interception. He is a 3-time MAC first-teamer and showed his ability to lead the Chippewa defense.

His attribute that I believe would help the Jaguars the most is his above average ability to drop into zone coverage and make plays. The Jaguars have been getting demolished when it comes to TEs that are supposed to be guarded by the LBs. I believe that Bellore could come into this franchise and help this problem considerably.

He is expected to either be drafted very late in the draft or just go undrafted because he has shown a tendency to take poor angles in pursuit, and is not the strongest LB available in the draft. However, I feel like he has most of the qualities that Gene Smith will be looking for if he chooses to draft a LB. If he wants to be able to impress the scouts, he is going to need to do well at the combine in a couple weeks.