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Former Rams, Saints LB James Laurinaitis announces retirement

The former Ohio State All-American was a second-round pick of the Rams in 2009 and recorded at least 109 tackles in each of his seven seasons in St. Louis. He posted 142 combined tackles in 2011 and 2012 and finished his career with 869 tackles, 663 of them solo stops, with 16 1/2 sacks and 10 interceptions. The first interception of his career came during his rookie season when he picked off then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in a 38-10 loss.

“He’s got the size, the arm talent and he’s very bright,” he told MMQB. “But there’s a disconnect there. There are diva qualities there, and he seems to get voices in his head, like he’s fighting who he is. And once the cycle starts, he can’t get himself right.”

Earlier this month, Kizer’s former college coach, Brian Kelly, raised eyebrows when he said the QB “should be in college.” Kelly essentially said Kizer was forced into entering the draft because it was a business decision.

“I’m going to support him and his decision. But the reality of it is he needs more football, he needs more time to grow in so many areas. Not just on the field, but off the field,” Kelly said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

That followed a report in January that there were “character concerns” about Kizer. At the time it seemed outlandish, but as we inch closer to draft day it appears more teams looking critically at him.

Khalil Mack was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, but the Raiders had little else on defense. Cunningham had 125 tackles, 16 1/2 for loss, last year to earn first-team Jerseys Supply All-American honors as a junior. He had 103 total tackles (69 solo), 16.5 TFLs and 4 1/2 sacks in Best Place To Buy Cheap Jerseys 2015. He can be a tackling machine at the next level, freeing up Mack.

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