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Scouting The Draft: Clint Sintim

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It's time to continue on with our draft scouting reports.  Earlier this week, we took a closer look at two USC linebackers - Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews.  Today it's time to look at Virginia LB Clint Sintim.

Sintim is unique in that he's one of the very few college players to have extensive experience playing in a 3-4 defense.  And for more on Sintim, I turned to the guys from TheSabre.com - the best University of Virginia athletics website on the internet.

Clint Sintim

Height: 6'2 3/4" / Weight: 256
40: 4.78 / Broad: 9'11"

Clint Sintim is a well-trained 3-4 outside linebacker, having played that position for four years in former New York Jets coach Al Groh's 3-4 system at the University of Virginia. Whether he can transition to be a 4-3 defensive end or outside linebacker at the NFL level is a topic of debate among some but for a team looking to fill a 3-4 OLB slot, Sintim offers an intriguing blend of size (6'3", 248), strength, speed, high motor, and training.

Sintim is at his best when playing in downhill mode, particularly as a pass rusher when Sintim is able to play on the edge, often coming out of a four-point stance to go wide. Sintim has a nose for the quarterback and a surprisingly wide range of pass rush moves (with excellent handwork), including the ability to go into the body and bull-rush some offensive tackles when they start cheating to the outside. Against the run, Sintim seldom is caught out of position and plays his angles well but he can be inconsistent at shedding blocks and can be exploited in space by smaller, quicker offensive players.

Sintim is an adequate pass defender, a player who knows his drops, gets relatively good depth, and will be physical with receivers crossing his path. Still, having Sintim drop into coverage on a passing down usually is an opportunity wasted for a player whose natural instinct is to find the quarterback and hit him as hard as he can.

A big thanks to TheSabre.com for taking the time to help us out.