Genard Avery Draft Profile

Genard Avery draft profile

Strengths:

  • Power and speed combo
  • State champion powerlifter
  • Consistency of production across the board is impressive
  • Flashes straight-line burst to close as rusher and in ball pursuit
  • Worked on pass rush moves before 2017 with former All-Pro defensive end Chuck Smith
  • Hands are active early as rusher to force the tackle’s hand
  • Has experience as inside and outside linebacker
  • Able to play over tight ends and has special teams value
  • Tested off the charts with 4.59 forty, 36″ vertical leap and 6.90 three-cone

Analysis: Genard Avery is a big, athletic linebacker with a history of production whether he’s playing inside or outside linebacker. Avery offers versatility and teams may choose to build on some of the rush talent he showed this season, but his best spot appears to be as a 4-3 strong-side linebacker with plus special teams ability. He looks the part owning a chiseled body with power throughout. He worked with former All-Pro Chuck Smith in the offseason, working on his pass rush moves and that work paid off as he looked more complete in that area in 2017. He lit up the combine which surely helped his draft stock. He also offers cover ability having the athleticism to keep up with backs and tight ends in space. Special teamer that can make an impact as a rookie.

Weaknesses:

  • Tries to work around blockers rather than punching and controlling
  • Drops eyes when engaging blockers and will lose track of the football
  • Instincts and diagnosis from inside linebacker is below average
  • Pass rush is tight-hipped around the edge
  • Defaults to arm tackles

Analysis: Genard Avery has shown his athletic ability, especially at the combine but he lacks the instincts scouts look for in an inside linebacker. He does not like to take on blocks, attempting to run around them rather than taking them head on and shedding. He eyes are not consistent, dropping at times causing him to lose sight of the ball. Despite his effort at improving his pass rush, he still has a ways to go. Too tight-hipped currently to beat tackles around the edge. Could use a little more knee bend in his pass rush. Needs to perfect his pass rush moves and come with a plan of attack.

What the experts say: “I think he’s really interesting as a prospect because of his size and his versatility. I wanted him to be a better pass rusher that he actually was on tape, but we can work with it. I’m sure our (special) teams coach is going to love him.” — NFC defensive assistant

Size: 6′ 1 248lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Ryan Shazier

Draft Projection: Round 5

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