George, who is 5-foot-11, 234 pound, was Iowa State’s MVP during the 2013 season. The team captain led the Big 12 in tackles with 133 total and an average of 11.1 per game. George spent limited time on the field during the 2010 and 2011 seasons before starting in nine games in 2012.
George had the third most bench presses of any linebacker during the NFL Combine with 28. He could not participate in positional drills, shuttle drills or the 3-cone drill, though, because he pulled a hamstring while running the 40-yard dash.
Scouts say that the 22-year-old leaves everything he has on the field and has good body control. They also point out, however, that he does have marginal size and average zone awareness.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comSpecial teams is where George will look to make his mark in the short term, but Tony Pauline did just tweet that he would be a great fit in Rex Ryan’s defense. He doesn’t have particularly impressive athletic numbers and is a little undersized, but the Jets do need depth in the linebacking corps and he was a productive leader in college.
Demario Davis had his ups and downs in his first season as a full-time starter, but it seems unlikely that his spot will come under fire from a rookie. However, it’s always nice to have some insurance, so George will be a good addition to the mix, especially if he can be an impact player on special teams.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comGeorge is a pursuit linebacker who can read and react to the play and who has enough burst and instinct to make plays against the run. In defense or sub-packages, George’s lack of size will push him into a role where he could play the the weak side and where the play gets funneled back to him. Even though he is smaller, he is a fearless player and throws himself into plays with abandon which will likely translate well for him on special teams.
George won’t be asked to be a major contributor on defense in 2014 with David Harris and Demario Davis already in house. Where the Jets have concerns at the linebacker spot in years to come is at youth and depth. The Jets special teams has suffered in recent years due to the team’s overall depth and this move helps the team as George looks to be a future core special teamer for the Jets.