Hayes Pullard, LB
If Dion Bailey’s status as a tweener kept him undrafted, then Pullard surely made the right decision to return to USC for his senior season. At 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Pullard’s not the guy that jumps out to scouts as a physical specimen, and he’s had to rely on his ability to thrive as a sound tackler against the run.
Moving to inside linebacker and becoming a team captain in 2013 seemingly strengthened his instincts as the leader of the defense. If he can continue to prove his worth as a savvy all-around linebacker, he could wind up in the mid-to-late rounds with comparisons being akin to a further-along Malcolm Smith.
An extra year of conditioning and film in a multiple-flex defense should do wonders for Pullard going forward.