Production, once again, does not paint the full picture, and nobody demonstrates that more than Oregon linebacker Troy Dye. While he stacks up a load of solo tackles and will be one of the top in his class in production, the majority of those tackles come six yards off the ball, where Dye tends to stay.
Dye’s solo tackles over the past four years have been 56, 62, 64, and now 42 this year. He has stacked up tackles behind the line of scrimmage and sacks, because he can successfully come on the blitz, but he, overall, is not effective at shedding blockers or initiating contact at the point of attack.
Stuck as sort of a tweener in this class, a linebacker in a safety’s body without the skills of a safety, Dye will test well, more than likely near the top of the linebacker class. At 6-4 and 226 pounds, he is bigger than most safeties and smaller than most linebackers; he may have a market given the passing tendency of the NFL now, but he has not shown much in the department of playmaking at the point of attack.
Dye may slip into the second day of the draft, but has a fifth round grade from this writer.