Woodley was one of the most highly sought after players in the country in high school, and he landed at Michigan with big expectations. As a freshman, he earned immediate playing time as a defensive end, and notched 23 tackles, four for loss, and two sacks on the year. As a sophomore, he moved up to a rush linebacker spot and had a fantastic season. He had a career high 70 tackles, 16 for loss, and four sacks. Woodley again had success getting into the opponents backfield as a junior, finishing with 48 tackles, 12 for loss, and seven sacks. It all clicked as a senior, when Woodley brought home the Lombardi award. He had 33 tackles, 15.5 for loss, and 11 sacks on the year.
LaMarr Woodley has the size and talent to play both linebacker and defensive end in the NFL. He is a rock solid 270lbs and has the toughness and strength to play on the line, but the instincts and athleticism to play off the line. He could be a big time pass rusher in the NFL if given the freedom to attack the quarterback. But he also shows the ability to stuff the run and make plays in space.
Although he fits a variety of roles, there probably is not one true spot for Woodley. He probably fits best as a 3-4 linebacker. His 6'2 height is less than ideal for an end or a linebacker. He’s not the freak athlete with blazing speed that causes players to rise up during the post season.
LaMarr Woodley has had a lot of success at Michigan, and should continue that this year and in the future as an NFL defender. If he lands with a team that utilizes a 3-4 defense, he could thrive in a pass rushing role. He could still be a solid player if asked to play in a 4-3 as well, as a linebacker, or most likely, a defensive end.