Tegray Scales Draft Profile

Tegray Scales draft profile
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Strengths:

  • Instinctive
  • Leadership traits
  • Coverage skills
  • High football IQ
  • Great feel/vision of RB cutback lanes
  • High motor
  • Special teams ace

Analysis: Tegray Scales is one of the more fun linebackers to watch on tape. His instincts jump off the page, watching him read and diagnose before the play has fully developed. Those elite instincts have helped him rack up a lot of tackles (126 tackles, 93 solo and the nation’s leader with 23.5 tackles for loss in 2017). Keys play direction instantly and gets early jumps to rendezvous point. Vocal leader. Can step downhill without getting trapped in the trash. Limits run lane depth by challenging climbing linemen early in rep. He diagnosis the ation then attacks, not waiting for the lineman to get to him. Uses shoulder turn and hand quickness to help play around and under blocks. Punches and separates from blocks and rarely gets glued for long. His angles of pursuit are a thing of beauty. He is a solid coverage linebacker, owning the tools to keep pace with most backs and tight ends. He finished his career with eight interceptions and can make an NFL team on his special teams coverage skills alone.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks ideal size for the position
  • Gap leverage
  • Block shedding out of the play
  • Pursuit speed
  • Acceleration

Analysis: At barely six-foot and 230 pounds, Tegray Scales does not possess the ideal size you look for in a linebacker at the next level. Due to that size, he struggles to maintain gap leverage while taking on lead blockers. At times, he will widen running lane when side-stepping blocks. Will need to get better at striking and shedding at point of attack. Scouts question his pursuit speed and closing burst. Plays with some delay in acceleration when changing direction.

Size: 6’0 230lbs

Draft Rank: No.4 ILB

NFL Comparison: Slower version of Telvin Smith

Draft Projection: Round 3-4

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