2011 Prospect Profile: OLB Ben Kline

Ben Kline– OLB - 6'2" 220
Dallastown, PA – Dallastown Area SHS
4.50 40 -
Interests: Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
Offers: Connecticut, Pittsburgh, West Virginia

Prep: (FR) Did not play or not stats reported. (SO) 45 tackles and 2 INT. (JR) Defensively: 68 Tackles, 50 assists, 5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery. Offensively: 13 carries for 156 yards and 3 TDs.

Analysis: Kline is an aggressive football player that plays the game with a lot of heart. He is a versatile player that has experience playing tight end, linebacker and defensive end. On offense, Kline has good strength and footwork, which enables him to be an effective blocker in run or pass protection. He has good route running skills that allow him to sneak out of the backfield to make catches. Kline’s exceptional blocking and strong legs could make an impact at the fullback position. On defense he plays with a chip on his shoulder and a high motor. He will hunt down and tackle the ball carrier in a hurry. Kline enjoys taking down ball carriers but has a tendency to tackle a little too high instead of breaking down, wrapping-up and driving his legs. At the High School level he is able to use his strength to tackle weaker ball carriers. At the college level he will need to rely on proper technique and strength to make effective tackles. Kline has experience in pass coverage that can allow him to be used in different types of defensive packages.  He has good potential but would benefit from a redshirt season to work on getting off of blocks and some tackling issues. Despite the benefits of a redshirt season, Kline has plenty of upside to be a good pick up for whichever school he chooses.


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