FOXSports writer labels Follett "can't-miss"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Can't-miss" isn't a phrase usually associated with a seventh-round draft pick. But Ed Thompson at in his latest "7 points," gives Lions rookie LB Zack Follett that label. Says Thompson:

I was stunned as I watched the former University of California linebacker slip into the seventh round of the NFL Draft back in April. If you've seen him play, Follett is a fiery, old-school style linebacker, who loves to put the biggest hit he possibly can on the poor sap running with the football. And the energy level you see on the field isn't that far off from what you'd experience if you talked to him face-to-face off the field. You see, Zach Follett is simply a live wire. But what do you expect from a guy who picked Terry Tate, Office Linebacker, as his hero while he was growing up? NFL rookies are expected to contribute right away on special teams if they want to earn a roster spot. And Zack Follett is a player who will strike some fear into his opponents as he flies down the field with kamikaze-like abandon, ready to do whatever it takes to find the ball carrier and drop him in his tracks. Detroit Lions fans are going to love watching this guy in training camp. He gets my vote as the seventh-round pick who is most likely to make his team's 53-man roster this September.
Follett had some neck stinger issues in college; maybe that scared teams away. But I personally can't wait to see what some NFL-level linebacker coaching does for the kid. If he only turns into a special teams beast, that's still pretty good for a 7th-rounder. Discuss in The Den!