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    Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Bobby Wagner 6-0, 240
    Patrick Queen 6-0, 230 lb

    Lavonte David 6-1, 235

    Terrell Bernard 6-1, 225 lbs



    Bernard played Mike at times and averaged 10 tackles, a tkfl, and sack every time he played Mike LB in college. He’s 6-1 225, if he just adds 15-20 LBs, he could play MLB in our nickel based defense


    We just drafted him in the 3rd, Milano was just extended and Edmunds is at the end of his contract this next season. AJ Klein is 6-1, 240, Bernard is 6-1 225.

    Based on height/Body. Edmunds is undersized at 6-5 250 and his height makes it very hard to gain leverage vs in the running game. Ideally you would like your MLB to be 6-1, 240/250.


    Look at his scouting report, it’s everything we want our MLB to be in this defense, if he can just gain even 10/15 pounds and be 6-1 235, that would work

    Terrel Bernard is an athletic, attacking linebacker who makes flashy plays for the Baylor defense. Bernard often quarterbacks the defense, regularly communicating, pointing and sliding defenders into the right position for their assignment. Versus the run, he displays great gap integrity and plays with a good sense of urgency. Bernard is best in a one-gapping scheme where he is allowed to play fast and aggressive. Under these circumstances, his short area explosiveness and foot speed shine, while he also shows his best moments of physical toughness when engaging blocks. Bernard can shed tight ends’ blocks with ease when he engages first, gets low and extends his arms into his blocker’s chest. Furthermore, Bernard’s athleticism shines when defending the run from an off-ball chasing role - showing legit sideline to sideline speed and a good motor to chase down ball carriers all over the field. Versus the pass, Bernard makes his presence felt the most via blitzing from different alignments around the front seven - whether it is up the A gap, B gap or on the edge, Bernard displays good pre snap disguise, solid snap timing and a relentless motor to get after the quarterback. Furthermore, Bernard shows occasional flashes in zone coverage, particularly passing off short routes when in a hook zone responsibility. Bernard possesses solid movement skills to cover downfield and squeezes space between him and the receiver when he turns his back to the quarterback, roboting and using his eyes to find routes downfield.
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    Re: Bernard plus 20 lbs can play MLB

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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    To everyone saying he’s undersized, he’s only 5-10 pounds lighter than the top 5 MLBs in the whole league. He’s had success at MLb


    when edmunds was drafted, he was a rush LB in college, we moved him to MLB which he still hasn’t recovered from. Get Bernard bulked up and he could easily be our future MLB

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    Anything and everything is possible.

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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Scouting profiles on him say he has a slender frame and might be maxed out.

    Might be more realistic to see them use 3 lbs on occasion with Bernard replacing the CB or in a heavy nickel role.

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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    Scouting profiles on him say he has a slender frame and might be maxed out.

    Might be more realistic to see them use 3 lbs on occasion with Bernard replacing the CB or in a heavy nickel role.
    How would he be at safety .... lose a few maybe

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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    Scouting profiles on him say he has a slender frame and might be maxed out.

    Might be more realistic to see them use 3 lbs on occasion with Bernard replacing the CB or in a heavy nickel role.
    I don’t see how that’s realistic. Edmunds came into the nfl at 6-5 230 lbs. Werner is 6-3 229. Those are slender frames


    No reason Bernard can’t gain 5-6 lbs and start the year at 6-1, 230. It’s more realistic that he gains weight and becomes our MLB than he moves to safety or we drafted Milanos replacement

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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Cali512 View Post
    I don’t see how that’s realistic. Edmunds came into the nfl at 6-5 230 lbs. Werner is 6-3 229. Those are slender frames


    No reason Bernard can’t gain 5-6 lbs and start the year at 6-1, 230. It’s more realistic that he gains weight and becomes our MLB than he moves to safety or we drafted Milanos replacement
    Would love to see him at MLB if appropriate.

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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Cali512 View Post
    I don’t see how that’s realistic. Edmunds came into the nfl at 6-5 230 lbs. Werner is 6-3 229. Those are slender frames


    No reason Bernard can’t gain 5-6 lbs and start the year at 6-1, 230. It’s more realistic that he gains weight and becomes our MLB than he moves to safety or we drafted Milanos replacement
    Don't know, that's just what his scouting profiles said.

    Doubt they drafted him for position though, think they drafted him for role. Don't know what the role is. While I'd love it if he managed to replace Edmunds, his size will make durability issues a concern. If they move on from Edmunds, and I hope they do, I don't think the future MLB is here yet. Figure they'll try and support him somehow in the defense before giving him up on him, whether I like it or not.

    Just don't see Bernard as McFrazier dream MLB.
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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    His size is not what is preventing him from being a MLB, his skill set is. He’s a passing down LB who can rush a little, hopefully cover a little, and give you really good ST play.
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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by DraftBoy View Post
    His size is not what is preventing him from being a MLB, his skill set is. He’s a passing down LB who can rush a little, hopefully cover a little, and give you really good ST play.
    I think his size is pretty relevant. It's not uncommon to see an MLB able to compensate for limited skills with superior knowledge, you just don't see them at 224 lbs unable to bulk up for the durability of the pro game. You pretty much just described Edmunds who we use at MLB for his size.

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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by DraftBoy View Post
    His size is not what is preventing him from being a MLB, his skill set is. He�s a passing down LB who can rush a little, hopefully cover a little, and give you really good ST play.


    He has more of a skill set, experience and size than Edmunds did coming out of college. He also has a skill set that can work for MLB in our defense, and adding bulk will help that even more

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    Someone has to replace Edmunds in 2023. It would be nice if this kid could do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali512 View Post
    He has more of a skill set, experience and size than Edmunds did coming out of college. He also has a skill set that can work for MLB in our defense, and adding bulk will help that even more
    No, he doesn’t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    I think his size is pretty relevant. It's not uncommon to see an MLB able to compensate for limited skills with superior knowledge, you just don't see them at 224 lbs unable to bulk up for the durability of the pro game. You pretty much just described Edmunds who we use at MLB for his size.
    Yes and that’s wrong too. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    We need an actual MLB option, not just some kind we want to force into a position that he doesn’t fit into skillset wise because the fan base has disdain for the current MLB. That’s just poor roster management.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novacane View Post
    Someone has to replace Edmunds in 2023. It would be nice if this kid could do it.
    I’d rather it be Jack Campbell out of Iowa.

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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by DraftBoy View Post
    No, he doesn�t.
    He�s played MLB and averaged 10 tackles, a tkfl and was leading the big 12 in tackles as a MLBHe is good at shedding blocks, is a very good tackler, and is instinctiveHe�s 10 LBs under Bobby Wagner and 5 lbs under Patrick Queen and Fred WernerEdmunds was a 3-4 OLB who was transitioned to MLB in our defense. He has none of the traits Bernard possesses Idk why your so sure that a player who played MLB in college with success who is only 5 lbs under other amazing MLBs, can�t play MLB in our primarily nickel defense�Not to mention that it makes no sense to draft a LB unless we plan on using him for MLB right now

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    Re: Bernard just adding 10 lbs can play MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by DraftBoy View Post
    His size is not what is preventing him from being a MLB, his skill set is. He’s a passing down LB who can rush a little, hopefully cover a little, and give you really good ST play.
    He's here to give us a lighter 4-3 than AJ could but still be better against the run than our base nickel.

    AJ Klein was an upgrade over Taron Johnson vs the run, and offered a pretty good blitz option, but good teams picked on him vs the pass.

    Bernard is an excellent coverage backer that is also a good blitz option, and should be better than Johnson vs the run. He lets us get into 4-3 without being instantly punished by pass happy teams. If the offense brings out a 2 TE set with a RB that can catch (like KC kept doing to us) we can now match it whether they run or pass. That's why he's here.

    And also because we probably can't afford to pay Matekevich and Neal after this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmifli View Post
    He's here to give us a lighter 4-3 than AJ could but still be better against the run than our base nickel.

    AJ Klein was an upgrade over Taron Johnson vs the run, and offered a pretty good blitz option, but good teams picked on him vs the pass.

    Bernard is an excellent coverage backer that is also a good blitz option, and should be better than Johnson vs the run. He lets us get into 4-3 without being instantly punished by pass happy teams. If the offense brings out a 2 TE set with a RB that can catch (like KC kept doing to us) we can now match it whether they run or pass. That's why he's here.

    And also because we probably can't afford to pay Matekevich and Neal after this season.
    Completely agree with all of that.

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