Jerome Baker Draft Profile

Jerome Baker draft profile

Strengths:

  • Speed
  • Tremendously rangy as tackler
  • Change of direction comes easily
  • Takes efficient paths to the ball
  • Can carry vertical receivers down the field
  • Able to outrun mistakes and slow diagnosis
  • Capable of eluding blockers with quick lateral movement
  • Shadowed Saquon Barkley for most of the game and helped keep him in check

Analysis: Jerome¬†Baker is a likely 4-3 weakside linebacker candidate with the range and speed to chase and tackle around the field and the coverage talent to squeeze routes from man or zone. He can move sideline-to-sideline better than most linebackers and usually takes efficient paths to the ball. He has the cover talent NFL teams covet–put on his Penn State tape and watch him spy Saquon Barkley all over the field, and doing a great job doing so. We will talk about his weakness to diagnose plays below–but his speed allows him to make those mistakes and recover. Can work in man and zone coverage schemes.

Weaknesses:

  • Skinny frame and gets engulfed by size
  • Must improve hand work to keep himself clean
  • Plays small
  • Play strength lacking
  • Slow to diagnose and instincts are below par
  • Has too many hit and slide tackle attempts
  • Motor can be inconsistent and will loaf at times in space
  • Gets glued to blocks

Analysis:¬†What Jerome Baker has in athletic ability and speed, he lacks in strength and toughness against the run. Baker’s junior season failed to impress and teams will have to decide if he’s a sub-package linebacker or a three-down talent. Baker lacks instincts teams look for from the position, but it’s hard to ignore his rare speed. He could find early snaps in sub-packages, but may never be more than an average starter. Due to his lack of size, Baker tends to get engulfed by size and does not have any ability to shed blocks when they are engaged with him. He can run laterally away, but if lineman get their hands on him he is likely hitting the ground. He is not an instinctive linebacker, relying on his speed once he sees the play. Tackling is an issue and will be in the NFL–too many shoestring attempts without wrapping up. He would seem uninterested at times on tape if the play went away from him.

Size: 6’1 229lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Darron Lee

Draft Projection: Round 3

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