Drue Tranquill


College: Notre Dame

Height: 6'2"


Weight: 234 lbs

Injury History: 2018: Broken Hand (No Missed Time), 2015: Tore Right ACL (Season Ending), 2014: Tore Left ACL (Missed Final Two Games)

Scout: Ryan Lippert

Scouting Report

Athleticism: 6.35

Q.A.B. / C.O.D.: 6.20


Doesn't have the quickest first step when reading his keys but makes up for it with his playing speed. His COD is average for a linebacker as well, but his effort to get to the ball makes it look better.

Flexibility: 6.30


Has flexible hips which he uses to open up when dropping to his zone in coverage or when running with tight ends in man to man coverage.

Explosiveness: 6.30


Has decent explosion at times when getting to ball carriers to finish off tackles. However, he is inconsistent in this trait which leads to missed tackles.

Playing Speed: 6.80


Shows that he has efficient speed which he uses to cover tight ends in man to man coverage down the field. Has also shown the ability to run to the opposite side of the field to make tackles.

Coordination: 6.20


He has limited coordination which is shown in his missed tackles. He seems to not be able to slow down and drive his feet and hips at times to make tackles.

Position Versatility: 6.30


Mainly played inside the box in college but also showed ability to come off the edge as a rusher.

Pass Rush Ability: 6.13

Initial Quickness: 6.30


Not very quick with his first few steps in his rush but makes up for it with his playing speed which is good enough to beat most offensive linemen. 

Rush with Leverage: 6.00


Doesn't play with low enough pad level when rushing the passer, tries to rely on his speed. This gets him in trouble when bigger offensive guards get their hands on him.


Pass Rush Moves: 6.20


Lacks a wide variety of pass rush moves, mainly relies on his speed. He could definitely work on this at the next level.

Pressure Consistency: 6.00


Was up and down in consistency as a pass rusher. When he go to the passer, he usually does a good job of finishing with either a sack or a QBH to alter the throw. He finished with 3.5 sacks in 2018.

Coverage: 7.13

Pass Drops: 7.00


Does a great job of opening his hips and dropping to his zones quickly, which enables him to see routes develop and play a very effective role against the pass.

Coverage Awareness: 7.00


Always seems very aware of the coverage that has been called and carries out his role, whether it be dropping to a zone, spying the quarterback, or playing man to man coverage on a tight end or running back.

M/M Coverage: 7.30


Was tasked with covering mainly tight ends and running backs in man to man coverage in college and did an exceptional job. Shows that he has the speed to run with tight ends vertically and did a good job shadowing running backs in coverage.

Zone Coverage: 7.20


Does a great job with dropping to his zones quickly and keeping his head on a swivel for an


Against The Run: 6.20

Play with Leverage: 6.00


His pad level that he plays with is too high, especially when taking on blocks. He will definitely need to clean this up at the next level.

Stack and Shed: 6.10


His high pad level and lack of size makes it hard for him to get off blocks once they are engaged. His best chance is to beat linemen with his speed.

Run at Him: 6.50


Does a solid job of seeing gaps open and hitting them quickly. Could improve as a tackler but is good at getting to the ball.

Runs Away: 6.40


Uses his speed to track down ball carriers in the open field from the opposite side of the field. He still needs to work on tackling as he misses a lot of tackles due to poor timing and technique.

Tackling/Hitting: 6.00


Far too many missed tackles. He uses bad form and timing in open field tackles as he is too quick to lunge out or "ankle bite" when trying to make tackles.

Competitiveness: 7.10

Toughness: 7.30


Tranquill is fearless in his play. He shows that he isn't afraid to take on bigger offensive linemen and flies to the ball to take on ball carriers of all sizes.

Production: 7.30


2018 - 86 tackles, 9 TFL, 3.5 sacks

Consistency/Motor: 6.70


He is extremely inconsistent with his tackling but he does continuously play with a very high motor and level of effort.

Intelligence: 7.00

Instincts: 7.00


Shows a solid amount of instincts, which he uses to read whether the play is a run or a pass. He is very good at reading his keys and using them to get to the ball carrier.


Learn/Retain: 7.00


Learns well from his mistakes. You will very rarely see him make the same mistake twice.


Concentration: 7.00


Is locked in at all times. He uses his concentration along with his instincts to read his keys and get to the ball.


Tranquill is very good in coverage. He transitioned from playing safety and it shows as he has a great ability to cover tight ends down the field. He will also always give a great effort as he uses his speed to run all over the field and try to get involved with every single play. To go along with his effort. he displays a solid amount of toughness. He isn't afraid to stick his nose out and take on bigger offensive linemen or ball carriers.


I worry about Tranquill ability against the run. He is a very poor tackler and it showed on film. Although he was good at getting to the ball, he exhibited poor technique and timing which led to these missed tackles. If he can learn to not be so quick to lunge out at ball carriers and stay on his feet. he can improve at this aspect. Also, with his smaller frame, it makes it difficult for him to get off blocks from bigger offensive linemen. Luckily, the weight room is an easy fix for this if Tranquill takes advantage of it.


Drue Tranquill saw significant playing time in each of his five seasons at Notre Dame. As a freshman, Tranquill started in three games and finished with 33 tackles, one tackle for loss, 0.5 sacks, and an interception. Tranquill played in three games during his sophomore season but unfortunately tore his ACL which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. In 2016, he transitioned between linebacker and safety. During that season, he started in every game and finished with 79 tackles, two tackles for loss, and an interception. As a senior, Tranquill transitioned back to linebacker and was named a captain. He finished with 85 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and an interception. He also was a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy which is awarded to the player who combines community service with athletic and academic achievement. Tranquill returned as a captain in 2018 for his graduate season and finished third on the team in tackles with 75, along with nine tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. His play on the field earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl and also had him on the Butkus Award watch list. He also won the Wuerffel Award following his final season. As a pro, I believe that Tranquill can be a solid dimebucker as he is very good in coverage. If he cleans up his tackling, he could become even more valuable as a true inside linebacker. I see a team drafting him in a middle round and using him in dime packages and as a contributor on special teams for now.


Projected Round: 3rd-5th

Team Fits: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers

Pro Comparison: Jordan Hicks

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