Over the past few years, the NFL witnessed a defensive evolution. Strong Safety/Linebacker hybrids are now commonplace in base defenses. Players like Mark Barron (Rams) and Deone Bucannon (Cardinals) serve as major contributors in schemes. With the Raiders’ struggles defending the pass, a new approach seems needed. Granted, Paul Magloire isn’t a household name, doesn’t need recognition. Magliore is a versatile playmaker, worth a long look from the Oakland Raiders. Cover32Raiders sat down with him to get a clearer picture of what he brings to the table.
C32Raiders: What was the transition from Arizona Western (JUCO) to the University of Arizona?
PM: I really felt as though I could make an immediate impact right away.
C32Raiders: Although you possess a linebacker’s frame, scouts regard you as a hybrid, capable over coverage and run support. Which do you prefer playing and why?
PM: I like them equally. Each is unique. I love playing in the box and mixing it up with offensive linemen. Also, I enjoy covering the deep middle on pass plays.
C32Raiders: Where can you improve you game?
PM: Footwork. While I can bring the boom to the ball carrier, enriching my football IQ and constantly developing a feel for the game is also key.
Note: During the East/West Shrine Game, Magliore met with Raiders reps. Oakland is keenly aware of him. For example, this picture is of his Pro Day Form.
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Coverage: Magloire is smoother than most outside linebacker downfield. There is no hesitation or disjointed steps. Additionally, he shows the ability to cover back, tight ends and the occasional slot receiver.
Tackling: Magloire meets the ball will malice in his heart. He delivers brutal shoulder tackles with force. Opponents go horizontal after being hit. There is little to no bouncing off. At the same time, the technical aspect exists. Magloire can wrap up with efficiency.
Aggression: Controlled off the field gives way to absolute dynamite on it. Magliore detonates during blitzes, fights off lineman while making plays. He will collect force fumbles and deflected passed early.
Raider Fit: Malcolm Smith is a free agent. His multi-million dollar salary, coupled with his inability to cover tight ends hurts his value. Realistically, Magloire can play either safety or linebacker at the NFL level. Magloire could start in subpackages and work into the starting lineup. His explosion at two different positions could reap benefits. The Raiders need an infusion of intensity. Too often, the defense looked listless.