LB Devonte Fields, Louisville

6’4” – 240 lbs. – 4.75e

Originally attended Texas Christian, enjoying a highly-productive freshman season before being limited to three games the following year; was suspended for the first two games and then injured his foot. Dismissed from the team in 2014 after being charged in connection with a domestic violence incident. Transferred to Trinity Valley Community College for the 2014 season, then to Louisville in 2015. Has a tall, lanky build which may be ten pounds or so below the weight a pro team would like him to be playing at. Plays on both sides of the team’s defense, often out of a two-point stance; rarely puts his hand in the dirt and may be a bit too lean to be asked to do that often at the pro level. Pretty disciplined, deliberate run defender who will maintain backside contain and avoid overcommitting. Not afraid to take on blockers but generally tries to work around them; gets pretty good extension and has enough suddenness to disrupt attempts. Strong enough hands to discard blockers and make tackles; plays with more power than is typical for a player of his size. However, doesn’t have much of a motor in pursuit; costs his defense by not pursuing at full speed. More disruptive in the passing game than he is as a run defender. Pretty quick off the line, mixing in both inside and outside moves to create pressure. Has enough speed to challenge the edge, but although he flashes the ability to dip his shoulder, generally redirects back inside rather than bending the edge back to the passer. Works some counters into his game, most commonly a spin. Usually relies on his athleticism and technique but has shown the ability to convert speed to power at times. Gets his hands up to contest passing lanes. More commonly a downhill player, but also has extensive experience lining up in space and handling zone coverage responsibilities. Looks very comfortable making limited drops or attacking screens in space. Has pretty fluid footwork, avoids getting too high, and can cover a lot of ground with his strides. Long, athletic defender who plays bigger against the run than he is, can generate pressure off the edge in the passing game, and looks comfortable playing in space. His talent and skills are not in question; however, teams will have to evaluate him carefully because of his issues in the past and because his motor seems to run cold at times. Second-day talent who could easily slide to the third day.

Games watched: Texas A&M (’15), Clemson (’16), Florida St. (’16)

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