Weight: 234 lbs.
Evan Weaver is a fundamentally strong linebacker with excellent intangibles, a strong work ethic and a high football IQ. Though he may not have the athleticism to be a star or even a three-down starter at the next level, he’s usually in the right places and has good instincts in coverage. Weaver has a strong frame, doesn’t miss many tackles and can locate and track the ball better than most at the college level.
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Like previously mentioned, Weaver will be an average to below-average athlete by NFL standards, which isn’t exactly what teams are seeking out in the pre-draft process. He will likely struggle to cover quick, shifty running backs and receivers in space, which may limit his versatility and effectiveness on third down.
Why he may fit with Washington:
Washington’s defense under new head coach Ron Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio needs improve drastically against the run. The Redskins need to support their promising defensive line with improved linebacker play, and Weaver could add stability to the position by being where he needs to be and playing within his role while utilizing his strength and physicality. He isn’t a do-it-all linebacker, but he doesn’t necessarily need to be to help the Redskins.
Evan Weaver is a strong, hardworking leader on defense, and while he’s unlikely to be a star due to his lack of elite speed and explosiveness, he’s very likely to carve out a role somewhere in the NFL, and he could overachieve and become an impact starter.
Projected Round: 4th