LB Alabama 6-0 226 JR #8
GRADE: 80 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 32 1/8″ // HAND SIZE: 9 5/8″
40YD: 4.44 (100%) // 10YD: 1.53 (99%) // VJ: 34 1/2″ (72%) // BJ: 11’00” (100%)
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Projection: High ceiling backup Will LB who could develop into a starter with time to work on processing and block-take-on deficiency. Best fits in a 3-4. Draft Projection: Late Round 2 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: He’s a decent fit with the Ravens; he is more likely to develop into a starter in a 2-gap scheme where his DL can keep him clean. Unfortunately for the Ravens though, he really is a Will only in their scheme as he doesn’t look like he will ever process quickly enough to play the Mike in their scheme and he doesn’t take on blocks well enough to be a Sam. He could develop in both aspects but he needs to, just to start regularly at Will. Queen is blocking any potential Will prospects and it’s likely that, due to his high ceiling with his athleticism, that you’d have to take Harris too high for the Ravens to consider.
Overall Fit 3/5
He has only adequate processing so doesn’t read run very quickly, and it affects his play speed which could be outstanding due to his foot speed and general athleticism for the position. When playing the run at the point of attack he doesn’t take on blocks particularly effectively and can’t consistently leverage his gap. He doesn’t use his hands to get into the blocker first and exert leverage, playing with a high pad level. When he does use his hands, his placement is off and he can be put on skates. He prefers to beat blockers with lateral quickness. Against Gap runs he can be too reliant on following the motion/puller and can be thrown around by misdirection, getting him out of position and consequently stuck on those pullers at the second level. As he doesn’t consistently take on and defeat blocks he can often go too far in the wrong direction to position himself and against a RB who intelligently presses his keys he can be found out of position. He reads straight Double Teams a little better than other blocks and so can often be too quick for the drive man releasing to his level.
On the frontside of Zone runs, his processing can cause more challenges for him but he at least competes in this regard with his athleticism to get to the outside edge when that’s his responsibility. He can fit his hands and pads on the run and his athleticism gives him an edge he doesn’t have when facing gap runs as he’s going against blockers when they’re both moving. Still he is more of a force on the backside of Zone runs when he can be more patient and circumspect before deploying his explosion and speed to shut down any cut-back opportunities. He’s more able to use his quickness to beat back-side cut off blocks and is generally better when he’s taking on blockers in more space, with less traffic to negotiate.
He can drop in coverage and deploy his athleticism well as a cover LB but his processing issues can show up in coverage too. He periphs WRs well and certainly feels crossing routes well, maintaining proper leverage. But when he has to play a deeper zone, he struggles to read the Quarterback at a high level. In shorter areas he has good drive mechanics as he is a good linear, backwards and forwards athlete. He also moves well laterally but when hip mobility comes into it in his transition mechanics to change direction, he can be found wanting. He can run downfield in man-to-man with some WRs, and quicker TE/RBs but struggles when having to cover in short areas if he can’t get his hands on and use his play strength. Only adequate ball skills as he doesn’t track the ball well in the air.
High ceiling due to his speed and explosion. Processing deficiency causes play speed issues defending the run, doesn’t take on blocks well at POA. Can cover downfield
JR: 7 Sacks, 3 QB Hits, 75 Total Tackles, 2 FFs, 4 PBUs
SO: 6 Sacks, 7 QB Hits, 81 Total Tackles, 1 FF, 1 INT, 4 PBUs