Is a pretty instinctive guy who is very patient inside reading and diagnosing blocks, quickly shooting gaps and making his way toward the ball carrier. Possesses good striking power with the length to consistently bring his man down on contact. However, he is tight in the hips and will struggle to take proper angles toward the football at times in pursuit.
Doesn't stay on the field consistently in nickel situations because he is stiff in his lower half and lacks range in zone coverage. Takes him too long to redirect and get his feet back under him when changing directions. Also, is coming off an ACL tear he suffered in November and although he is expected to be back in time for practice in August, it will be interesting to see how the knee affects his game in 2010.
Impression: Can take on blocks and win in a phone booth, but wasn't a three-down guy even before the knee injury. Best bet could be inside in a 3-4."
Lloyd started his career as a freshman reserve linebacker, playing in five games and recording six tackles and one sack. He started nine games as a sophomore and finished the year with 51 tackles, with seven tackles for a loss and two sacks. His junior year he totaled a career-high 78 tackles, with three tackles for a loss and sack. He finished his shortened senior season with 25 tackles and one interception.
Lloyd is a superb run-stopper with great instincts and strong tackling ability -- as might be expected from the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro Greg Lloyd (though the two have not had a positive relationship). Some teams might find it difficult to draft a one-dimensional player like Lloyd with injury issues, it only takes one team that values strength and instincts over speed for their linebackers, to take a chance on his pedigree.
Positives: Excellent play recognition and reacts quickly on his instincts. Strong upper body. Is a secure wrap-up tackler. Fights through traffic to get into the backfield. Hits with a lot of force, stops ballcarrier's momentum. Owns a strong first punch. Can bounce off blockers to make a play. Maintains a low base, tackling by attacking the ballcarrier's lower body. Hustles to make diving tackles, tripping up runners from behind. Active with his hands, uses them to shed blocks. Quick to recognize misdirection. Defeats cut blocks with his hand. Does his part to get in on gang-tackles.
Weaknesses: Poor overall athleticism and has stiff hips. Not particularly agile and struggles to change directions. Does not break down well in space. Lacks quick acceleration, cannot recover once beat. Fails to get off blocks once the lineman has leverage on him. Does not have good balance and often loses his footing when changing directions. Uncomfortable moving in space and has a hard time making plays in coverage. Occasionally lets contact come to him. Does not always take good angles in pursuit. Limited to making plays between the tackles."
Positive: Stout run defending linebacker who has struggled returning from the knee injury suffered in 2009. Disciplined with assignments, wraps up tackling, and drives through ball carriers. Effective when the action is in front of him, shows ability in zone coverage, and is fluid changing direction or altering his angle of attack. Breaks down well.
Negative: Shows minimal quickness in his game. Often looks indecisive. Marginal burst to the action.
Analysis: Lloyd was justifiably rated as one of the better middle linebackers in the nation coming into the season but never fully regained his prior form after the knee injury as a junior. Possesses the skills and playing style to be a reserve on the inside if he's able to get back to full health sometime soon."
Negatives: Does not have great speed, could stand to lose some weight to add some speed and explosiveness... Durability a big concern at this point, tore ACL and MCL in 2009 and spent a lot of 2010 recovering... Not a good coverage backer, is too stiff and lacks the quickness to drop back quickly and effectively... Never really put up great statistics in college... Doesn't have great hips or change-of-direction abilities... Needs to break down better in space, does not wrap up particularly well."