Possesses a good initial burst when asked to attack downhill, but isn’t real fluid or rangy in space. Seems to lumber a bit sideline-to-sideline and lacks ideal closing speed from the backside. Looks comfortable in his drop in coverage and has the ability to maintain balance. However, is stiffer out of his breaks and doesn’t generate much explosion toward the throw. Seems to have limited range when asked to turn and run down the field as well and consistently is forced to turn and run prematurely, losing sight of the football. But, does do a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and keying off the quarterback, allowing him to get some good jumps on the play.
Impression: A thick linebacker prospect who has a burst attacking downhill and can be physical at the point. However, is a bit limited because of his stiff hips and lacks ideal instincts vs. the run. But, at worst, looks like a guy who could make a roster as a reserve and help out on special teams."
Positives: Fiery field general. Played all three downs, and made plays against the run and pass. Can effectively plug his gap and shut off the inside run. Big hitter who can lay the wood. Instinctive three-year starter against top competition, experienced at reading offenses and adjusting teammates accordingly. Sound and solid tackler, very productive. Quick first step. Top intangibles at a position where intangibles are extremely important.
Negatives: Stiff hips and cannot change directions well. Can be quick in a short area but is not fast. Too many times seemed unable to get off blocks, or got caught up in traffic and washed out. Needs an open lane as a blitzer or is easily negated. Doesn't have the speed to get to the corner and shut off the wide run consistently. Made plays in coverage at Auburn but isn't athletic enough to run with NFL tight ends and likely will be limited to zone assignments; possibly just a two-down middle 'backer."
Positive: Competitive two-down linebacker who is best in the box or downhill. Gives a lot of effort and stacks well against the run. Plays heads-up football, breaks down well, and shows the ability to defeat blocks to get to the play. Wraps up tackling and brings defenders down on initial contact.
Negative: Possesses a poor burst of speed and shows no skill in pursuit. Struggles getting out to the flanks to make plays. Lacks quickness and fluidity changing direction.
Analysis: Bynes was a consistent force against the run for the Auburn defense yet lacks the skills necessary to be anything other than a backup at the next level, potentially on the inside of a 3-4 alignment."
Negatives: Doesn't fly around the field, takes some time to get in position in zone coverage, not a sideline-to-sideline defender... Timid in recognition at times, can look a little confused when teams go into hurry-up offense... Does not change direction very quickly, will set the edge on stretch plays but cannot get back inside very quickly, leaving the cutback lanes wide open... Doesn't always take sound pursuit angles when players take the edge and head up field... Does not possess very good speed (4.7-40), looks slow when scraping and when in cross-field pursuit... Looks like a liability in man-to-man coverage, has stiff hips and sloppy footwork, too slow to run with many running backs... Somewhat inconsistent production in 2010, has recorded six tackles or less in five games."
Weaknesses: Limited athletically. Doesn't possess the range to make plays all over the field. Will struggle to stay with backs and tight ends in man coverage. Takes too many false steps and bites up on play-action.
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