Devonte Fields-LB-Louisville
Size: 6’2 236lbs

Devonte Fields

Strengths:

  • Athletic
  • Acceleration
  • Lateral movement
  • Decent counter moves

Analysis: There is no denying Devonte Fields athletic ability, but as you will read below he comes with his fair share of ‘weaknesses’. But we start with his strengths…He has the desired foot quickness and agility to become more disruptive player if motor catches. Has an undeniable burst to the ball once he sees the opening. Able to close out quarterbacks and ball carriers quickly. Can twitch and make sudden change-of-direction leaps to secure running backs racing through the line of scrimmage. Able to mirror and sack scrambling quarterbacks. Subtle change of direction and shifting of gears creates openings for him as a rusher. Possesses quick, inside jump-cut as a counter rush move.

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn’t consistently set the edge
  • Needs to be more physical
  • Scouts question motor/love of the game
  • Character flaws
  • Struggles against powerful players

Analysis: Fields is a short strider who doesn’t come up the field at full speed to threaten edge. Hands linger at the top of the pass rush. Needs to be more physical and explosive with hands for greasing the edge for decisive wins. Effort level needs an upgrade. Tends to loaf if play isn’t headed in his direction. Inconsistent production since his freshman season at TCU. Has issues holding ground against power.¬†Character red flags are a concern. Kicked out of TCU as a sophomore following domestic-violence allegations (he was eventually charged, but the charges were dismissed after he agreed to attend an anger-management course).

What the scouts say:¬†“He just might not love the game. Gary Patterson isn’t afraid to coach some guys with edge, but he got rid of Fields. I see potential, but potential means you just haven’t done it yet. I don’t think he has the desire to hold up to what the NFL will ask of him.” — NFC scout

NFL Comparison: IK Enemkpali

Draft Projection: Round 6-7

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