Isn't a guy who has the kind of second gear who can make up for it in pursuit, and once he takes a misstep he struggles to get back into the play. However, does a much better job as a last line defender, taking proper angles in space, using the sideline and breaking down with better balance in space. Knows he has some limitations in the speed department and plays to his strengths. Showcases good instincts and savvy as a blitzer as well. Locates the football quickly, uses his hands and can drop his pad level around the edge and does a nice job timing up the snap count and disguising when he's coming.
Displays a good feel in coverage, especially on passes thrown in front of him. Does a nice job keeping one eye in the backfield, feeling routes develop under him and driving on the throw. Generates good power on contact, has the ability to disengage ball from man and takes better angles in the pass game. Keeps his feet under him in zone when asked to shuffle and slide reading the QB's eyes laterally. However, looks tight and heavy footed when he's asked to turn and run. Plays a bit high, doesn't seem real comfortable when asked to flip his hips and consistently allows a lot of separation vertically down the field. Doesn't get up to speed quickly, seems to only have one gear and isn't a guy who will cover much ground in the center field type role.
Has a passion for the game, is the leader on the defensive side of the ball and is a guy who all his teammates seem to really around.
Impression: More of your traditional in-the-box type strong safety prospect, a position that is starting to die out in the NFL. Should be able to make a roster, but could be used more as a nickel backer because of his limitations in pass coverage."
He has flaws in his game that could be exposed against NFL speed. A team will fall in love with his toughness and leadership and take a gamble on him in the late rounds. To make it in the pro game, Keo will need to impress early on special teams and convince a club that his penchant for big plays make up for his lack of ideal agility and speed in coverage.
Positives: Good bulk and strength for the position. Physical defender who isn't afraid to stick in his nose in the pile. Good team defender. Willing to take out the legs of charging offensive linemen and trust his teammates to make the easy tackle. Can be a physical tone-setter across the middle, providing heavy hits to unsuspecting receivers and backs. Enough athleticism to stick with most backs and tight ends in coverage. Versatile, gutty performer whose leadership on and off the field is respected by his teammates. Two-time team captain (2009, 2010) and served as the Special Teams captain in 2008. Strong special teams performer.
Negatives: Might lack the athleticism to handle coverage responsibilities in the NFL. Is a tough defender, but isn't particularly instinctive and doesn't possess the fluidity and straight-line speed to mask his lack of awareness. Can lay the big hit on an unsuspecting ballcarrier, but to do so generally has to leave his feet and has a tendency to duck his head and rely on the collision to knock the ballcarrier to the ground, rather than wrapping his arms securely."
Negatives: Missed most of 2008 season due to injury and was redshirted for another year of eligibility... Small character concerns, was charged with battery in 2009... 4.73-40 at the combine did not do him any favors, needed to run better and flash some speed... Will not have the same play-making success at the next level, simply lacks the range and elite speed to consistently make plays in coverage... Not a man-to-man defender, looks stiff in the hips and will get outrun by faster tight ends and slot receivers... Change-of-direction abilities need work, looks slow coming out of breaks... Instincts are questionable, does not seem like an immediate starter at the next level."
Positive: Tough, fundamentally sound safety who is best playing in the box. Aggressive, voluntarily defends the run, and sells out on the blitz. Wraps up tackling and shows skill in space. Effectively diagnoses the action, remains disciplined with assignments, and has good short-area quickness. Displays solid recognition in zone coverage and quickly drives to passes out of his plant. Instinctive with a nice head for the ball. Returned punts and kicks in the past.
Negative: Does not always play within himself and over pursues the action. A bit slow in transition. Has just average speed.
Analysis: Keo is a well-built safety who gets the most from his ability and can be an intimidating force over the middle. He lacks great speed but would do well as a conventional strong safety or in a zone system for an NFL team."
Strengths: Good sized safety with decent speed who will hit and make plays especially against the run. Has fluid hips and able to cover most TEs and RBs; shows good field awareness and ability to blow-up the play by taking out lead blockers. Can defend ball with either hand and has good catch skills - competetent punt returner, but not exceptionally productive as a kick returner.
Weaknesses: Coverage skills against faster slot receivers questionable. Lacks burst to close and finish tackles; lacks quickness coming in and going out of breaks in coverage; sometimes drops head and whiffs on tackle. Had season ending shoulder injury in 2008 - but appears recovered. Character issues may be a concern with arrest for misdemeanor battery in October of 2009.
Projection: 6th round. May rise with effective performance in coverage workouts at Shrine Bowl."
Keo was back and ready to go in 2009 and ended up second in the Western Athletic Conference in tackles. Keo's tackling numbers have gone down in 2010, but that is in large part due to the talent emerging on the Vandals defense. For years it seemed like Keo was going at it alone, but that is not the case this year. Keo has still tallied 42 tackles through eight games and has picked off three passes and forced a fumble.
Keo is likely a mid-round selection. He does not have blazing speed or superb strength, but he can lay out the big hit and he does have a good enough combination of size and speed to play at the next level. Ideally, Keo is a strong safety, but he can also play free safety and return punts."
Brother's got skills.
Shiloh Keo looks like a Late Round Roster Depth Fringe Dude. Scrappy, though. Could stick around for a while.
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