"You can expect me to be a leader out there and bring along the young guys that havenít played before and show them the right way to do things, with work ethic and the way we play as a defense. " — Eric Weddle
The good: Weddle is the most versatile athlete in this class. He is a very productive defender that runs to the ball, is able to avoid blocks well and maintain leverage on the play. His well-rounded skills will allow him to fill a number of roles early, especially in the nickel and dime packages. He is very sound when playing the ball in front of him with the closing burst of speed to come up and hit a runner or receiver. He is able to anticipate the passer with quick feet in transition and a small burst to close and make a play on the ball. He takes good angles to the ball and can adjust with good speed to cover the field and compete for it deep.
The bad: He does not have great size and is not a very physical safety that comes up and fills like a linebacker. He would be a good free safety in the NFL, a position where he has fine tackling skills.
Outlook: He has the intangibles and ability to make plays at the next level, with the discipline to prepare both in the weight room and on the practice field. He runs in the 4.45/4.48 range consistently and that speed translates well to the field. He is a sure tackler with the technique to start at the free safety spot early in his career. Weddle is a savvy athlete with the versatility and well-rounded skills to become an early starter in the right setting. He is a solid top-50 prospect with clubs like the Giants, Titans and Bengals interested in the second and third rounds.
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