LB Utah 6-3 237 JR #0
GRADE: 91 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 33″ // HAND SIZE: 9 1/2″
40YD: 4.66 (77%) // 10YD: 1.58 (92%) // VJ: 35″ (76%) // BJ: 10’06” (96%)
BP: 25 (86%) // SS: ( %)// 3C: ( %)
Projection: Starting Mike LB that you can win with and could develop into an impact starter. Should play in an aggressive defense that could turn him loose as a pass-rusher on 3rd down on occasion. Draft Projection: Mid-Round 1 ~ Josh Edwards, CBS Sports
Ravens Fit: Lloyd is a great fit with the Ravens but he’s scheme diverse so many teams will covet him. If drafted by the Ravens he would push Queen to the Will position permanently and Lloyd would occupy the Mike. Giving the Ravens the classic high-processing guy they like for their scheme. But he has a very high ceiling because of his physical tools including his length and his explosion that would give the Ravens a dynamic Linebacking corps. His toughness and versatility help him too and he sure feels like a Raven-like defender.
Overall Fit 4/5
He reads run pass quickly and is an excellent processor. He reads Gap runs especially quickly and has a remarkable knack for getting underneath pullers to get to the ball carrier. He can also take on bigger blockers, using his length, leverage his gap and disengage to tackle the runner. He beats blocks mostly with processing, quickness, lateral agility and body control – he doesn’t have great long speed but his acceleration and explosion along with his processing mean he plays with very good play speed. But he will also match bigger blockers for physical toughness and despite his size, can play with leverage and good play strength.
He reads Inside Zone runs exceptionally well, times his pursuit up and gets into the backfield. He also reads the mesh point well and reacts quickly. When facing Duo, and a RB who presses his keys but also has good lateral agility, he can be susceptible to the Drive man on the double team getting a piece of him and preventing him from getting to the football. Also, if he is up on the line of scrimmage, in the A gap and has to take on an interior linemen in short spaces, he can get taken out of the play. He plays regularly as the edge defender in Utah’s scheme, mainly to get him rushing the passer but when he has to play the run in this scenario, he shows gap discipline and plays with very good use of hands, his power, placement and timing combine to get him off even bigger blockers. He can also make plays outside of his assigned area. He takes good angles to the ball carrier and takes runners down in space with sure tackles. He uses his long strides and length to eat up ground quickly and make tackles in space.
He has good awareness in Zone coverage and reads routes well in his Zone, maintaining leverage and breaking on the football. His processing against the pass is equally as good as against the run, and he periphs receivers well, adjusting his position to stay leveraged and takes away targets in his zone. He is particularly adept at covering in-breaking routes from his zone when playing as the Mike. Naturally for his size he has some tightness in his hips, when teams do flood his zone with more than one route, shows an awareness to pass off receivers leaving his zone but his hips don’t allow him to open up quickly and prevent throwing windows being created over the middle with savvy receivers and QBs who throw with anticipation. He can also be a handful as an edge-rusher with some moves, good use of hands and bend. He has the athletic ability, size and processing to mirror RBs and TEs in confined spaces both to the sideline and downfield. If a TE has particularly good movement skills and change of direction, he can cause some issues for Lloyd on hard-angle routes but he competes due to his processing and play strength. He can track the ball, time his hands and get hands on the ball.
Do-it-all Mike LB who is scheme diverse, can cover in bot Zone and Man, plays the run hard with play strength, play speed and processing. Can also rush the passer a little
JR: 8 Sacks, 7 QB Hits, 2 Batted Balls, 118 Total Tackles, 4 INTs, 3 PBUs
FR: 7 Sacks, 6 QB Hits, 77 Total Tackles, 1 INT, 2 PBUs