Quan Sturdivant   LB   North Carolina

TALENT BOARD

 Round 2


 

STRENGTHS

Quan is an excellent linebacker who has good instincts and is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler.  He shows a nice burst to the ball and is strong when defending against the run.  He has good size and long arms to keep blockers away from his body so that he can engage,  shed and make a tackle in the hole.  Quan is very effective against the run in the red zone and on the goal line.  He is smart and shows good leadership skills on the field. Against the pass he is more of a zone cover linebacker and needs to keep the play in front of him. Quan should be able to start the day after you draft him and become a core player and fan favorite for the team that drafts him.

 

CONCERNS

Quan played mostly middle linebacker for his college team this year, but he struggles with angles and getting the correct depths on his drops.  To his credit, he played all year and gave excellent effort, but it is a position that he looks uncomfortable playing until he gets inside the red zone.  Quan is a natural weakside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.

   

BOTTOM LINE

I have seen Quan play middle linebacker in a 4-3 and I have seen him play as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.  To me, his impact position for the next level is as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3.  I saw him play that position in 2009 against Virginia Tech and he was very effective.  He is smart and stands up well against the run.  He can rush the passer from a stand-up position and is smart enough to drop off into zones and read screens to his side.  He doesn't have that quick twitch burst off the line and his foot speed in not the fastest, but he will more than get the job done.  Quan is just a football player.  I'm not convinced he is a OLB in a 3-4, but I bet if you work him out, he shows enough skills to use him that way in a pinch.  This kid is going to play where you want him to play at any position that you want him to play and give his all.  You can see that on the field right now in his play.  There is no mistake in drafting this kid because he is...just a football player.  

 

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 Drew Boylhart   March/11