Is always working toward the action and really takes a false step inside. Also, is a better athlete than given credit for and showcases decent straight-line speed when asked to make plays off his frame. However, is tightly wound and lacks a great initial burst out of his breaks.
Doesn't have the kind of closing speed to routinely close on gifted athletes in space and can see the occasional angle outrun vs. better competition. Always seems to be around the football and wraps up well in space, but will slide off his fair share of tackles when asked to work on pursuit. Isn't as physical of a tackler as his stats would lead you to believe.
Has a good feel in coverage, doesn't offer much as a blitzer, but can find the football, keep his feet under him and close on the play. Gets only average depth on his drop into coverage and isn't real fluid in and out of his breaks. Is a bit tight hipped but seems to play faster because of his early jumps on the football.
Impression: Is a bit undersized, but has good instincts and plays with a good motor and knows how to find the football. Physically the guy has some faults, but has a chance to make a roster as a smart, try hard guy."
Bellore immediately asserted himself as the team's best option inside, starting all 14 games as a freshman and setting a first-year record with 102 tackles. As a sophomore co-captain, he was the team's Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-MAC selection, a trend that continued throughout his career. He notched three straight 100-tackle seasons and started his first 51 games, another team record, before lingering ankle issues ended that streak in 2010.
He will not wow scouts with measurables, and his frame appears to be maxed out, but Bellore is a hard-working, relentless tackle machine and leaves CMU as the school's third all-time tackler with 472. His lack of speed and range makes him a poor fit as the only linebacker in the middle, but his high-motor and outstanding effort could earn him a few late looks as an inside 'backer in a 3-4 system and promising special teams player.
Strengths: High-effort, high-motor player who seeks contact and works to the whistle. Possesses great instincts and diagnoses plays quickly. Has a nose for the football and seeks the ballcarrier out in traffic. Extremely productive and is an underrated straight-line athlete. Solidly built and steps up to fill the hole with nice leverage and balance. Has enough of a base and displays the lower-body strength to hold up at the point of attack. Flashes adequate awareness in zone coverage.
Weaknesses: Undersized and carries a maxed-out frame. Does not break down and wrap up in the open field and often has to dive at the ballcarrier's feet. Lunges and misses when attempting to make tackles away from his frame. Is a below-average athlete who won't be able to run sideline-to-sideline with NFL backs. He lacks the speed to recover once beaten and will overcompensate, losing his balance when changing direction. Chops his feet and wastes a step attempting to break on the ball. Lacks tenacity as a blitzer and gets caught in the fray at the line. Allows blockers to get into his body and will not use his hands to disengage."
Positive: Tough, run-defending two-down linebacker with minimal upside. Fierce competitor who remains disciplined with assignments, quickly diagnoses the action, and flies around the football. Collapses outside to defend the run, shows a good head for the ball, and wraps up as a tackler. Fires up the field and plays with explosiveness.
Negative: Not a rangy linebacker and doesn't cover a lot of area on the field. Comes off a disappointing senior season after struggling with injury.
Analysis: Expectations were high for Bellore, a productive and durable player since his freshman season, but the senior didn't live up to the hype. He projects as a solid inside linebacker and is best as a two-down defender who can play special teams in the NFL."
Negatives: Has slightly below-average height for an inside linebacker... Does not break down very well when tackling in open space... Is not particularly fast, not a unique athlete... Will likely be limited by scheme at the next level, not an ideal cover two linebacker, height and below-average speed will be a disadvantage in this area... Looks a little stiff, fluidity and change-of-direction abilities are adequate at best."
Strengths: Strong and durable. Started 51 consecutive games until a 16-stitch cut to his lip sidelined him. Plays downhill and able to shed and tackle in the hole. Good lateral movement with good pursuit speed. Drops well in zone coverage, with speed to handle most backs and TEs. Very productive and finds his way to the ball. Could make immediate contribution on special teams.
Weaknesses: Sometimes too aggressive to commit and takes himself out of good pursuit angles. Not elite speed, but still agile and willing to hit.
Projection: 7th round."
Even as a freshman Bellore took over a leadership role. His 102 tackles set a freshman school record and he even picked off a couple passes. By his sophomore season Bellore was a co-captain and an All-MAC First-Team selection. On the year he tallied an amazing 148 tackles. Bellore kept the good times rolling in 2009. He totaled 132 tackles, 13.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions en route to more All-Conference accolades. Bellore's numbers went down in 2010, as CMU struggled on both sides of the ball. However, he still recorded 90 tackles and again was a first-team all-conference honoree.
At 6-1 and 250 pounds, Bellore is pretty much stuck at the inside linebacker position in the NFL unless he can gain some speed between now and April. Bellore's collegiate production cannot be overlooked, but he will not wow any scouts at the pre-draft workouts and that should keep the ultra-productive linebacker as a late round draft pick."
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