Name: Craig Roh
Weight: 251 lbs.
High school: Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, AZ
Position: Outside linebacker
Jersey number: #88
Last year: I ranked Roh #48 and said I thought he’d earn the starting OLB job by the end of the season. He won it by Week 1 and finished the season with 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, and 3 pass breakups.
Roh is not just penciled in, but inked in as the starting OLB/DE hybrid again this year. His backups at the position include Brandon Herron and J.B. Fitzgerald, both of whom are older, but this is Roh’s job. The terminology has changed slightly this year, and many people think Roh will be playing more of a traditional linebacker role now that the defense has been called a “3-3-5.” However, what you see out of him this season will be largely what you saw in 2009; he’s going to be rushing the passer most of the time and dropping into pass coverage occasionally. Defenses can’t play the run or rush the passer with only three rushers, so there will be a lot of blitzing and stunting. Roh should be the object of many of those blitzes, and I expect his sack numbers to jump significantly with his added weight and experience.
Prediction for 2010: 45 tackles, 7 sacks
I accidentally deleted the poll results, but Ryan Van Bergen was first with over 40% of the vote; J.T. Floyd was second with over 20% of the vote. I believe Roh was third, but might have been fourth.
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