2. Troy Dye, Oregon
Troy Dye is an inside linebacker prospect who is projected to go in the middle rounds of the draft and likely will be the perfect selection for the team to make with its compensatory pick at the end of the third round. That is exactly the right time to draft Dye, who brings a different outlook than Murray.
Where Murray has a lot of potential because of his athleticism, Dye is more of a sound option as he did everything right in Oregon and displayed the ability to be a true every-down linebacker at the next level.
The one concern about Dye is his size and his frame not being adequate to NFL standards. He is a bit small for an NFL linebacker, but that is something that is not a permanent fixture and if he can put on some weight at the next level and hold it on then he will be an every-down linebacker by year two.
Dye showed an advanced ability in college in both pass coverage and getting to the quarterback, helping his case as an every-down backer. He did not have any massive issues tackling in college, but there could be a concern that bigger, more physical running backs could get through Dye.
Regardless, he brings exactly to the table what the team is missing from Littleton and that is an inside linebacker with adequate pass coverage that can also get to the quarterback when needed.