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Brian Cushing

USC linebacker Brian Cushing #10 looks into the Idaho backfield in the Trojans 38-10 win over Vandals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

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Offense: QB RB FB WR TE OT OG C
Defense: DT NT DE Hybrid DE/OLB OLB ILB FS SS CB
Special Teams: K P RS LS

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2009 NFL Mock Draft

Brian Cushing's Numbers:

Height: 6-3
Weight: 255
40-YD: 4.70

School: USC
Year: Senior

Brian Cushing Scouting Report:

USC linebacker Brian Cushing has a good combination of size, speed, and instincts to go along with a ton of natural athleticism. He's a solid textbook tackler with good-but-not-outstanding blitzing ability. He's also a smart player who rarely misses an assignment.

Cushing played everywhere from defensive end to inside linebacker to outside linebacker in his time at USC, so he has some versatility. He plays sideline to sideline, takes good angles, moves well in traffic, and does a decent job getting off blocks. He also has the speed and closing burst to run down ball carriers from behind.

A fluid athlete who does a good job dropping back into coverage, Cushing could probably play either outside linebacker position, but might be a little better fit on the strong side because of his coverage skills.

He's very productive when he is on the field, but he has had some injury concerns that might drive down his stock a little. Motivation isn't a factor however. The guy is a workout warrior and works just as hard on the football field as he does in the weight room.

Cushing should be selected somewhere in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

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