Skov has a great motor and works to find the football and make a play. His instincts helps him anticipate and recognize the play. This allows him to use his athletic ability and make an impact on the game. Skov's the type of player that just knows where the ball is and works to get in position. He has a nice closing burst that permits him to close on the ball carrier and create a pop.
However, he needs to improve his pass coverage ability. He struggles to identify the routes developing around him and doesn't quickly close on the ball. Skov also needs to do a better job using his hands to stack and shed while making plays away from his frame.
Overall, Skov has all the necessary skills to be an NFL linebacker. As the year progresses I would not be surprised to see him gain a lot of draft attention.
Bold Statement: Skov will have a breakout season and be among the top linebacker prospects for 2012
Games Viewed: Virginia Tech ('10), Notre Dame ('10), USC ('10), Arizona ('10), Oregon ('10)
- Skov has nice size and good athleticism for the position
- He possesses good patience and instincts
- His ability to keep clean through traffic allows him to flow to the football
- As he flows, he takes proper angles and is rarely out of position
- Skov's closing burst helps him generate a pop in his tackles
- His effort and tenacity puts him around the football
- He is able to create pressure with good timing
- Skov is a 4 down player that can contribute on special teams
- The passing game is a issue for Skov as he struggles to identify the routes developing around him
- He also doesn't possess the quickness and hip fluidity to cover running backs"
Good athlete with sideline-to-sideline speed and range; is also tough, tenacious and a vocal leader on the field; also has excellent instincts and quickness; can pick his spots and has the burst to get into the backfield on a regular basis; last fall racked up 7.5 sacks, although he is not necessarily a natural pass rusher;
Could also do a better job taking on blocks at the point of attack and is less comfortable dropping into coverage, although he did break up 5 passes last season."