Isn't real long armed, but does a nice job delivering a compact jolt on contact and taking on blocks when run at. Has the ability to quickly disengage from defenders. He just isn't the caliber of athlete to consistently shed and chase the play. However, is a solid wrap-up guy who brings his legs and routinely gets his man to the ground when playing in a phone booth.
Displays decent footwork and balance initially in his back-pedal; just struggles to quickly/cleanly come out of his breaks and accelerate toward the football. Consistently is forced to take false steps in order to get his feet back under him when asked to close. Also, had to deal with his fair share of injuries last season and has some durability concerns.
Impression: Is limited athletically in what he can give you and there are just better options out there to fill out an NFL roster."
Positive: One time highly rated linebacker who's struggled to stay healthy the past two-years. Breaks down well, explosive at the point, and is a forceful hitter. Attacks ball carriers, chases the action hard, and sells out on the blitz. Displays the ability to slide off blocks and get up the field to defend the run. Effectively diagnoses the action and plays with explosiveness.
Negative: More of a straight-line defender and lacks the ability to quickly change direction. Struggles getting off blocks and sealed from the action. Stiff pedaling in reverse and shows limited skills in coverage.
Analysis: Scouts were high on Lambert after his sophomore season, but injuries disrupted his career. He's a high motor defender who goes all out on every play. He's potentially a backup linebacker who can produce on special teams if he is not red flagged due to prior health issues."