2010 UDFA Profile: Jacob Cutrera, LB, LSU

Coming out of high school, Jacob Cutrera was considered to be one of the top linebacker prospects, if not the top LB prospect in the state of Louisiana. He backed up his lofty recruiting status by contributing right away for LSU and even starting a game during his freshman season. The 6'3, 236 pound LB saw time in nearly every game over his four year career at LSU, but for a variety of reasons he never earned himself a consistent starting spot.

Whether that was minor, nagging injuries, a defensive system that didn't have a place for him, a linebacking rotation that kept him as the 4th guy or a wealth of talent ahead of him on the depth chart, Cutrera saw action in 49 games, but only started 6. He saw 1 start in his freshman year, 2 in his sophomore year, 2 in his junior year and finally 1 more in his senior year. 

Where Cutrera did make a name for himself was on special teams where his hardnosed, aggressive, hard-working mentality allowed him to make a niche for himself. For Cutrera to make it onto an NFL roster, he'll likely have to do so through the special teams unit before fighting for a spot in a linebacker rotation.

The Jaguars have plenty of good special teamers so it's a bit of a crowded field right now, but they seem to give a spot each year to a special teamer. Last year the surprise roster spot went to Adam Seward and Cutrera could fill a similar role for the Jaguars.

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Jacob Cutrera: By the Numbers

 

Jacob Cutrera
Position 1:  Special Teams
Height:  6'3
Position 2:  Inside Linebacker
Weight: 236
Class:  Senior Age:  21
Bench Reps: ?

 40 Time:  4.83

 

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2006 37 13 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2007 21 8 13 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
2008 33 15 18 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 81 31 50 1 0 0 0 0 1 29 29.0 29 1 0

According to the Experts

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Pros

Hard-working defender who sells out to make plays. Forceful up the field, snuffs out the ball on running downs, and wraps up tackling. Remains disciplined with assignments, works hard to get off blocks, and plays with an aggressive nature. Effectively anticipates running plays and shows some suddenness in his game. His approach to the game and aggressive attitude could help him catch on as a special teams ace.

Cons

Limited speed and not fast to the flanks. Marginal skills in coverage and beaten by running backs or tight ends. Inefficient, at times too quick up the field and gets caught up in the traffic. Marginal upside for the next level.

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