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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah linebacker Trevor Reilly speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Mr. Relevant, New York Jets' LB Trevor Reilly

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The final draft pick each season is known as “Mr. Irrelevant”. Well, the Jets had a final draft pick as well, but we are not going to disparage anybody. So we will call him “Mr. Relevant”, and talk about the seventh round choice, pick number 233 overall, linebacker Trevor Reilly.

So, let’s see how he performed in college:

Defense & Fumbles

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2010 Utah MWC SR DL 11 11 8 19 5.5 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
*2011 Utah Pac-12 SR LB 13 30 17 47 9.0 5.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
2012 Utah Pac-12 SR LB 12 34 35 69 6.5 4.5 1 13 13.0 0 5 0 0 0 3
2013 Utah Pac-12 SR DE 1 56 44 100 16.5 9.0 1 3 3.0 0 2 1
Career Utah 131 104 235 37.5 20.5 2 16 8.0 0 10 0 0 0 8

His senior year is especially impressive, when you notice that his percentage of TFL’s is over 16%. 16.5 tackles for loss is a big number.

Trevor stands 6’5″ tall, and weighed in at 245 pounds at the combine. He only performed in one drill so notable numbers occurred there.

Now, as we typically do when we look at new players joining the Green and White, we look at some highlights:

PROS: Within those three minutes, the first thing I noticed was that Trevor Reilly is an excellent fundamental tackler. Watch him make contact with the ball carrier, he tackles THROUGH the guy. That is important because it shows that Trevor is not tackling to cause a fumble, he is making the stop, period. His game speed is terrific. Catching guys from the back side seems to be his forte.

CONS: Let’s take a look at Trevor’s con’s from his draft profile, courtesy of the league website:

Average athletic ability and lateral agility. Can be stymied by power. Stiff-hipped and robotic moving in reverse. Has limitations in man coverage and can be mismatched by athletic tight ends. Wore a brace on his right knee and plant strength did not appear at full strength. Had arthroscopic surgery on the knee following the season and will require closer medical evaluation. Overaged — will be a 26-year-old rookie. Really labored in positional workout at his pro day, not showing burst or agility.

It’s hard to enumerate these issues in a three-minute highlight video. If all of these problems are accurate, Trevor will have a tough time making the squad. These problems make rushing the quarterback tough. If he is healthy, if Trevor Reilly is ready to go, he will have his shot. Trevor will be a guy that Rex likes.

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