Weight: 235 lbs
Injury History: 2018: Hip (Left in 3rd Quarter V Ohio State)
Games Evaluated: 2018: Notre Dame, Penn St., Florida, Cincinnati, Purdue
Scout: Cody Manning
Q.A.B. / C.O.D.: 7.25
He uses his agility to his advantage by squeezing into tight spot to help fill gaps and stuff the run.
He has the ability to bend around lineman when sent on a blitz to get pressure on the quarterback.
He is very explosive up the field. He can cover space in a jiffy with his speed and fill gaps quickly.
Playing Speed: 7.50
He is constantly on the move, he can chase down the runner from across the field to end the play.
He keeps his balance when getting knocked around strong lineman. Keeps eyes up when shuffling.
Position Versatility: 6.25
He is more of an inside linebacker built to help support against the run but can rush the quarterback.
Pass Rush Ability: 7.38
Initial Quickness: 7.75
He can burst out of his stance to get to his assignment. This allows him to get pressure when blitzing.
Rush with Leverage: 6.75
He will get under the lineman's to get a bull rush going but can be stood up be very strong lineman.
Pass Rush Moves: 7.15
He can bull rush, bend around lineman, has limited hand moves, and can speed past lineman.
Pressure Consistency: 7.85
Majority of the time he is either getting to the quarterback or disrupting the pocket to get pressure.
Pass Drops: 7.25
He can drop back into his assignment quickly but can get lost in open space or if he has to play man.
Coverage Awareness: 7.00
He is good at reacting to where the ball is being thrown so he can make the tackle or pass deflection.
M/M Coverage: 6.25
He struggles at turning his hips to run with the receiver which leads to them getting an easy catch.
Zone Coverage: 7.00
More effective in zone as he can sit back and react to the ball. Gives up too much space sometimes.
Against The Run: 7.33
Play with Leverage: 7.15
He will get up under the lineman's pads to hold his stance or penetrate the gap to help stuff the run.
Stack and Shed: 7.00
He does a great job at locking onto the lineman but can struggle at shedding to make the tackle.
Run at Him: 7.65
He is really great at exploding through the gaps to close the lane to help stuff the run. Very effective.
Runs Away: 7.50
Really impressed with his ability to take the correct angles and hustle ability to make the tackle.
He will bring the boom. He wants to run right through the ball carrier. He does need to wrap up more.
He fights every play, keeps on pushing, hustler, and based on the tape, he looks like a leader.
There was an overall production fall off from his previous season. I would of liked to see improvement.
He does consistently bring his best on every play and will play until the whistle. High motor player.
He reacts well to the ball and can read the ball carrier's body so he can close space to make a tackle.
Based on the tape he appears to understand his role, assignment, and where he needs to be presnap.
He keeps his eyes on the ball and quarterback's eyes to react to attempt to make a play on the ball.
He could come in and be an immediate contributor to a team's rush defense. He is an explosive athlete that can fill gaps immediately and penetrate the backfield to help snuff out the run. He does a great job at reading the ball carrier and upstanding what angle he should take to make the tackle. He is a hustler and can run down the rusher from across the field. He is effective when sent on blitzes, he can bend around lineman, and close on the quarterback to force the sack. He could be a cog in a defense that needs this type of player.
He does lack strength at times when trying to battle with a stronger lineman. He can get stood up on pass rushes and get driven back on runs. If he doesn't want to fight for the leverage, he will try to bend around the lineman with his speed which will take him out of plays and open lanes for the back. He struggles in pass coverage as he doesn't flip his hips well to run with the receiver. It takes one cut for a receiver to get open and he tends to hold on to them which will result in a penalty more often at the next level. He also can give up too much space in zone coverage which results in chunk plays.
He can come in and be a starter on a team's defense if he can be used to the type of linebacker that his talents allow him to be. He can come in and be a thumper for their unit it. He will look to blow up run plays, stuff gaps, and will bring the wood if the opportunity is there. His initial quickness also helps him when he is rushing the quarterback as he can brush by lineman, can bend around tackles, and can get a good bull rush at times. He can be a liability in pass coverage as he will struggle to cover most running backs and tight ends. If he doesn't fix his habit of grabbing on to the receiver when they make cuts, then he could wrack up penalties at the next level. A team is getting a player that may have his limits in certain areas, but he is a hustler, constantly keeps his feet moving, and can chase down the ball carrier from across the field. If does develop his pass coverage skills, then he could be a Pro Bowler by his third season. He has the potential to be a long-term contributor and be a cog for a defense.