School: Tulane Pos: ILB
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 220 40: 4.69 Year: 4Sr
Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior and
junior, leading the team in tackles. Numbers last season included 114/12.5/2.5
after a junior campaign of 107 tackles.
Pos: Tough linebacker with ability in a 34 defense. Quick up the
field, fast to the sidelines and displays solid range. Effective in pursuit and
flies around the football. Gets depth on drops and disciplined in coverage.
Neg: Not strong at the point, has difficulty bringing opponents down
on initial contact and can be swallowed up by blocks. Does not play under
Analysis: A high-motor defender, Cannon should be a special-teams ace
at the next level and a back-up in a system which allows linebackers to freely
flow to the action.
How he fits in with Detroit: Selected by Detroit with the team's final
(compensatory) pick. While Cannon does have upside, he was productive in a weak
conference and is still a smaller player for an inside linebacker.
If Cannon is able to land a roster spot or make an impact with the squad, it
will be on special teams.