Syracuse(20), Miami(20), Clemson(19)
Smart and athletic linebacker. He has fantastic instincts, he really knows how to read an offense and break them down. He is also a fast LB, which really helps make him great in coverage. I would say zone coverage is his strength, because he is athletic enough to get to any spot on the field and doesn't need to stay glued to one guy. Great leader of a defense, he always knows where everyone should lineup and will tell them if needed. You can really see how much his teammates look up to him, because when he was injured during a game I could see on the film how much it effected his teammates. He is also a sure tackler, who knows how to breakdown and make the play.
Not the most physical linebacker, he just lacks that killer instinct you like to see. Not a good pass rusher, he is aggressive enough to do it, but doesn't have the moves to beat blockers. That is also his downfall in the run game, because he really struggles stacking and shedding and he doesn't always take the best route to the ball carrier. He is still new to the position, so you can see he is unsure of some things. He sometimes slow plays things and gets caught in the flow, which takes him out of plays. It suit him much better to take an aggressive first step, then react to the play. Then he would be moving and would have a better chance to shed blockers.
Chazz Surratt moved to linebacker two years ago after playing QB at UNC and took full advantage of that opportunity, as he quickly became the leader of the defense and a very reliable player. The switch provided him a leg up on others, because he could understand what an offense was thinking and how they could beat their opponents on a given play. I think once he gets with NFL coaches, it will take his game to the next level. They will be able to unlock the physical traits it takes to be a linebacker and give him the rest of the knowledge he needs to be successful. I think he can step in right away in passing situations, because of his understanding of offense and coverages, along with the athleticism to cover any area of the field. I don't think he will be completely viable in the run game for at least a season though, just because he still has a few things he needs to work on. He should be a middle round guy, that will bring a ton of upside with him.
Ryan Shazier and Kyle Van Noy
Pass Rush Ability:
Big Play Ability
Rush with Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Against The Run:
Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed