Fred Warner Draft Profile

Fred Warner draft profile

Strengths:

  • Moves like a safety but plays near the line
  • Size and experience as slot defender gives him some hybrid appeal
  • Solid athletic ability
  • Change of direction comes fairly easy for him in space
  • Productive
  • Team captain and active tackler
  • Plays with plus instincts
  • Extremely responsive to quarterback’s eyes in space
  • Adequate closing burst to the ball

Analysis: Fred Warner’s future success could largely depend on who takes him and how they use him. While most will view him as an outside linebacker, Warner moves around like a big safety. With his instincts and cover skills in space, finding a hybrid role in sub-packages might be where he is best utilized. Warner was in a rover role at BYU playing outside linebacker near the line of scrimmage but he excels in coverage and can impact the game in a multitude of ways. He was a team captain who was viewed as a leader in the locker room. He reads and diagnoses plays by reading the quarterback’s eyes and plays the ball not the man in coverage. Athletic with a lateral burst you don’t see out of many players that close to the line of scrimmage. Very instinctive.¬†Warner should find immediate work as a backup who can help on special teams.

Weaknesses:

  • Tackle consistency
  • Takes bad angles of pursuit that end up as arm tackle attempts
  • Unclear what his best positional fit is
  • Scheme allowed him to play off the line and keep plays in front of him
  • Will need to add play strength if he gets moved into a standard linebacker role
  • Will click motor off and coast at times when he’s on the back side of the play

Analysis: Fred Warner is a tweener and may find it difficult to carve out a specific role within a ball club. While this role is becoming more and more popular in the NFL, if a team does not have an idea how to use him in mind, Warner’s career in the NFL could be shaky. He does not have the size and strength teams look for in an OLB, but if he adds more strength to his frame, he could hang with the big boys. The BYU scheme worked perfectly for Warner, and he could be scheme dependent in the pros. He doesn’t take the best angles of pursuit to the ball and struggles to tackle with consistency due to that. Too many arm tackles, not enough wrapping up. Motor in inconsistent on tape.

Size: 6’3 227lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Elijah Lee

Draft Projection: Round 3-5

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