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2014 NFL Draft: Jordan Tripp Scouting Report

Jordan Tripp

Via Jordan Tripp’s Personal Facebook

Position: OLB School: Montana
Height: 6’3” Weight: 237
Class: RS Senior 40 time: 4.68 (Estimated)

 

Every year, there’s a quality small-school linebacker who emerges as a legitimate NFL prospect. During the 2014 NFL Draft, that player could be Montana weakside linebacker Jordan Tripp.

A fifth-year senior who has four years of starting experience under his belt, Tripp has spent his entire career at Montana racking up tackles and making big plays. Heading into his 2013 season with the Grizzlies, he had already amassed 235 total tackles, nine sacks, 24 tackles for loss, two interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. So far this season, he’s added another 77 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles to his résumé.

Throughout his collegiate career, Tripp has done a tremendous job of being a productive, reliable linebacker. When he finally gets his shot at the NFL, there’s a good chance you could see more of the same.

Positives

  • Good size for a small-school linebacker
  • Still has the frame to add more bulk, muscle
  • Very instinctive player who does a great job of reading and reacting
  • Possesses solid speed for a linebacker
  • Does a great job of using his arms to gain leverage on blockers
  • Great in pursuit (especially to the outside), using smarts and quickness to beat blockers and get positioning on ball-carrier
  • Good tackler with solid technique
  • Terrific at setting and holding the edge against outside runs
  • Great awareness to strip the football when the opportunity arises
  • An above-average pass rusher who uses quickness to put linemen on their heels
  • Good awareness in zone coverage
  • High-character player with outstanding motor

Negatives

  • Doesn’t have great strength, which will limit his ability to take on NFL-caliber blockers
  • Tends to get caught up in traffic against runs up the middle
  • Will occasionally get taken out of plays by bigger blockers
  • Doesn’t often show the ability to escape blockers when they get a hold of him
  • Occasionally taken out of plays by biting on play-action
  • Won’t have the speed to stick with faster tight ends, running backs and wide receivers in the NFL
  • Isn’t a ferocious tackler and will struggle to take down power backs in the NFL
  • Doesn’t have a wide repertoire of pass-rush moves
  • Generally disciplined, but can get overly eager and overplay his assignments
  • Like most small-school prospects, is still raw and will need time to develop before he can contribute regularly on defense

Overall Outlook

While it’s unlikely that Tripp gets drafted anywhere before the seventh round, the small-school backer could prove to be worth a flier for a team looking for depth and special teams help. Tripp plays with tremendous football IQ, never gives up on plays and has the raw physical tools to earn an NFL roster spot. He might never be anything more than a backup and special teams ace, but the Montana product definitely deserves an opportunity to ditch the small-school label and develop into a quality weakside linebacker.

2014 Draft Projection: 7th Round/Undrafted Free Agent

Film Watched: vs. North Dakota (2013), vs. Appalachian State (2013)

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Content Planner for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.