Blue 88: Mason Foster fits better at OLB

Jan 25, 2011, 3:57 PM | Updated: Apr 4, 2011, 7:52 pm

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MyNorthwest.com staff

In Tuesday’s Blue 88, Brock Huard discussed why a move from inside to outside linebacker might benefit ex-Husky Mason Foster, who is in Mobile, Ala. this week preparing for the Senior Bowl.

Here is Brock’s take on Foster:

“He’s probably going to fit as an outside linebacker. I don’t think he’s got the size to engage and hit people. A lot of 3-4 teams are drafting inside linebackers – I don’t think that’s his game. He’s been fortunate in his career at Washington to play both the strongside linebacker and weakside and he’s been incredibly productive at both. His tackles are off the charts.

“In talking to some of the coaches on staff through the season, they always talk about his instincts. He was a 2-star recruit coming out of high school because of some of the physical measurements. … He’s all about instincts. He’s the anti-Aaron Curry in that way. Where Aaron Curry is (6-foot-2, 255 pounds) and runs a 4.6. Mason Foster isn’t going to measure as well or run as well. But you put on the film and his instincts are off the charts.

“I think he’s in space. He’s an outside linebacker at the NFL level, more than likely a weakside linebacker where you funnel the play to, where you get him out there, where he reads, where he recognizes, where those instincts take form.”

Brock also discussed UW quarterback recruit Jacoby Brissett and where Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick might go in the draft. You can listen to the entire Blue 88 segment here.

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