Unfortunately, those are the minimum requirements in the NFL, and the other aspects of his play leave a bit to be desired. He’s an average athlete at best and will need time studying film to learn the ways he can position himself to be successful. Teams looking for a depth player and core special-teamer could find it in Bierria.
Special teams value is critical for backup linebackers in the NFL. Dorian O’Daniel will have to prove he can continue to be a special teams standout while fighting for a depth role as a linebacker. A lack of size and pure speed make him a difficult player to find a position for. He’s average in most areas and lacks a top-tier trait to hang his hat on, forcing evaluators to look long and hard when trying to find a fit.
Jermome Baker is a supremely talented linebacker who looks to fit the mold of the NFL’s new-age linebackers. He has the range to make tackles on either sideline and the coverage instincts to stay on the field on third down. Concerns about Baker’s size and competitive toughness against beef up front will have to be answered for him to be seen as an immediate starter at the next level.
Harrison was a fixture of the Steelers defense for over a decade and delivered one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history with his pick-six in the final seconds of the first half in Super Bowl XLIII. Considering Harrison didn’t become a regular starter for the Steelers until he turned 29, he made up for lost time in a big way.
Strengths and weaknesses figured into the grades, with a pro-player comparison added to match the prospect’s style or fit in the pros. The top 400 prospects will be broken down by position for easy viewing before the release of a top-400 big board prior to the April 26-28 draft.
In the case of a tie, players were ranked based on their overall grade in our top 400.
The speed (4.33 40-yard dash), fluidity and coverage skills that Ohio State’s Denzel Ward presents can’t be had later in the draft. Ward gives the Browns a cornerback who can turn and run with any NFL receiver.