Ric on why he likes Michael Ayers, Linebacker Ashland Eagles

Ric's reaction to Michael Ayers standing out in Pasadena
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Michael Ayers has impressive size and speed for the linebacker position. Standing at 6’01” and weighing 210 pounds, he possesses good length with an arm length of 32.68” and a wingspan of 81.68”. He also showcases excellent speed, running the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds. His athleticism allows him to cover ground quickly and make plays both in run defense and pass coverage.


Ayers has a natural feel for the game and shows great instincts on the field. He reads the offense well, anticipating plays and getting into position to make a play. He displays good recognition skills, quickly identifying the play and reacting with precision. His instincts help him to make plays in the backfield and in coverage.


Ayers is a physical linebacker who is not afraid to get involved in contact. He plays with good leverage, demonstrating the ability to take on blockers and shed them with ease. He is also a sure tackler, wrapping up ball carriers and driving them to the ground. Ayers uses his physicality to disrupt plays and create turnovers.

Pass Coverage:

Ayers is a versatile linebacker who is comfortable in pass coverage. He has good footwork and quickness, allowing him to stay with running backs and tight ends in coverage. He also has good ball skills, with one interception and multiple pass breakups in his college career. Ayers’ coverage ability is a valuable asset in today’s NFL, where pass-heavy offenses are prevalent.


Michael Ayers is a highly productive linebacker with a good combination of size, speed, and instincts. He is a physical player who excels in run defense and is also comfortable in pass coverage. He has a good nose for the ball, regularly making plays in the backfield and creating turnovers. Ayers’ athleticism and versatility make him an intriguing prospect for NFL teams in need of linebacker help.

Michael Ayers Ashland Eagles

Pos: LB
Ht: 6010
Wt: 210
Hand: 938
Arm: 3268
Wing: 8168
40: 4.56
Hometown: Columbus, OH
High School: Walnut Ridge
Eligibility: 2023


NFLDB Dated 2022: Originally from Columbus, Ohio. Attended Walnut Ridge High School. Played at Ashland University. Decided to redshirt his first year. As a redshirt freshman, played in ten games, totaling twenty-three tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and one forced fumble. During his redshirt sophomore season, he played in all eleven games, totaling twenty-seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, and one interception. He didn’t see any game action during 2020 because the season was canceled due to the pandemic. As a junior, he played in ten games, totaling 100 tackles, which ranked highest on the team, twelve tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. During his senior season, he played in twelve games, totaling eighty-one tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception. Declared for the 2023 NFL Draft

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