The good: An agile defender who has played both outside positions, he shows the quickness and instincts to be a strong run defender and the sspeed to drop in pass coverage. He has a big frame at 6-foot-3, 240-pounds with some growth potential that would allow him to line up on the strong side in time. His agility enables him to move easily in space and his instincts help him react and make plays against the pass. He runs well with the tight ends and with weight training his best position could be the strong side where his speed is adequate. He reads routes accurately and shows good awareness to break on the ball and close on a receiver. He's also a solid tackler.
The bad: Currently, he's not strong enough to play regularly over the tight end. His marginal speed will hinder him from playing the weak side or nickel backer role, though his coverage development is at a high level. In run support he needs a lot fo work. He can be slow to read and react and too often gets pushed off the line of scrimmage when covered by a bigger blocker. His hands are only average and needs to do a better job keeping blockers away from his body.
Outlook: He ran a poor 4.85 40-yard dash at the combine and managed just 19 bench press reps. He has the aptitude to adjust quickly to a new scheme and setting which could help him win a starting job at some point in his career, but his athletic ability is limited. He's not a top 120 prospect, but figures to go in the middle rounds with some upside.
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