Mike Hull: 2015 Cowboys ILB Prospect

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Mike Hull won the Butkus-Fitzgerald LB of the year award, amassed 218 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, intercepted 1 pass and had 5 pass breakups in only 23 starts at Penn State. He was an academic All-America candidate and the heart and soul of the defense.

Mike Hull

The Dallas Cowboys are in dire straights at the LB position. Rolando McClain and Bruce Carter are both unrestricted free agents and Sean, as a result of not being able to stay healthy, has only played in 17 games over the last 3 seasons. They need some depth at the Mike.


Cas started “The Guys No One Is Talking About” series years ago and it has become one of the trademarks of Your Daily Cowboys Football Fix. We pride ourselves in providing our readers with the best scouting reports on the net. This series has produced numerous players who have gone on to have illustrious NFL careers. This post will feature ILB Mike Hull.

Will all of the players we profile in this series go on to be starters in the NFL? Absolutely not. Some may not make final cuts, some may be special team players, some complimentary players and or backups. However, the goal is to not only find those sleepers that 32 NFL GM’s missed on, but get these guys some recognition.

Some of the recent success stories include: Justin Houston, Vontaze Burfict, Henry Hynosky, Arian Foster, Wes Welker, Cole Beasley, Tyrone Crawford, Buster Skrine and Kyle Arrington to name a few. All of the players from this series went from the middle rounds to undrafted.

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2015 32 team mock draftCollege: Penn State
Height|Weight: 6-0  237
40 time: 4.68
Bench Reps: 31 (Top Performer)
3 cone: 6.99 (Top Performer)
20 yard shuttle: 4.15
60 yard shuttle: 11.52 (Top Performer)
Grade: 89.5
Penn State is known as LB U for a reason. If there is one thing I learned about their prospects; it’s that they are smart, well coached players. I read some reports on Hull that don’t make any sense to me unless they watched him a couple years ago.
They said he lacked bulk and strength, (yet he did 31 bench reps of 225 weighing only 237 lbs at the combine) and would get over-powered by OL at the 2nd level. I am perplexed by this because he has more upper-body strength than most of the OL coming out who lifted in the 20’s range. They said he lacked athletic ability, yet he was a top performer in 3 of the 5 events he competed in and did rather well in the other 2. They said he couldn’t play man coverage, yet I watched him do it with success. They said he needed to work on his tackling, yet in only 23 starts at Penn State he amassed 218 tackles, 15 TFLs one interception and broke up 5 passes. He was an Academic-All-America candidate, renown for his character both on and off the field and referred to by the coaches as a team leader. Again I am perplexed. The numbers don’t lie and neither does the tape.

“Mike Hull’s as good as anyone I’ve ever been around. As far as fans, scouts and awards committees are concerned, they base it all on the eye test. They expect them to be 6-3 and 250 lbs. I meet with the press about 3 times a week and they’re probably sick of hearing me talk about Mike Hull.”

“It’s “NOT” just his physical traits! It’s everything. I mean, I don’t know if I can find something that I would say in terms of his preparation, and his demeanor, or that I would want more from,, um, how he is in meetings, um, how he is out at practice, um, you know, his focus, his attention to detail, his work ethic, how coachable he is. From day one, he’s just embraced everything we’ve asked him to do as a team as a leader, um, in the defensive scheme, in the defensive technique, which isn’t always hard to do as a senior.”


“Um,, I mean he’s, he’s a model, of everything we want them to do. The only thing he maybe needs to do is be a little more vocal, but that’s not really who he is. And when he does speak, people listen; and that’s power, it’s true to who he is. Um you know, I think he’s special.”


“I remember during the spring, I saw the whole offense, all their faces drop: because uh, we faked an inside zone, handed a reverse, and he was there to make the tackle on the inside zone and it looked like it was gonna be a big play on the reverse and then next thing ya know, the same guy that stopped the inside zone was also making the tackle on the sideline stopping the reverse. It was Mike Hull.”

“And at that moment, I think we,,, all the coaches, knew we had a special guy. Um,,, and every day he’s proved that. Um in the class room, in the community, and on the football field. Um,, I’m trying to appeal to the NCAA so we can get a few more years out of him. We’ve convinced his parents to have a few more children. I don’t know if that’s going to happen though.”


I agree with every word Coach Franklin had to say and the tape tells the same story. Mike Hull is the type of kid I want calling the signals for my defense. He has the natural traits that you just cant coach. Most outlets I looked at had him projected for the 5th to 6th round. If 32 GM’s want to be dumb enough to let him fall that far, I will be happy to say “I told you so” later.
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  • Great report. I had never studied him, but am now. I really like what I am seeing on his tape. Impressive find for the series.

  • californy

    You got to love those Penn State LB, they sure know how to develop them. I knew of him just never seen him play

  • californy

    I am hoping The boys go after Malcom Smith LB, He a FA in Seattle. I hope he is the kind of player we can get cheap instead of Rolando, who is close to facing another suspension. He has the speed in LB that I like at 4.44 40 speed

    • this team needs to build through the draft. cheap free agents on d has been its short coming

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I had talked about this guy being a pretty good player. I do hope, teams make the mistake of letting him slip to round 4 or 5, I would take him as high as round 3 in my opinion.

    • I like Perryman better, but Al gave Hull a first round grade

    • I think you mentioned him to me once

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Navarro Bowman 6’0″ 240, Bobby Wagner 6’0″ 245, Patrick Willis 6’1″ 245. Height doesn’t really matter, heck Ray Lewis was only 6’1″.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Cowboys just signed Beasley to a 4 year extension, for 13.5 million.

    • That’s awesome. Now I know he will get more touches. Once JJ pays them they get the ball!

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Eagles traded Lesean McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso. They got a dang good LB to pair with Kendricks.

  • Lionone1

    This is a good player.