Position: Outside linebacker

Terrence Lewis

Scouting Report: (5/26/2020) Terrence Lewis is an outstanding prospect at linebacker with a great combination of size and speed. He is a very heady player who consistently puts himself in the right positions to have a chance to make a play.

Against the run, Terrance has excellent sideline-to-sideline range and pursuit speed. He shows quick read and reaction skills and can redirect and mirror backs very quickly in space. He is quick to get over and through blocks once he locates the ball. He slices through traffic and shows very good quickness and agility flowing to the football.

Against the pass, Terrance is outstanding in coverage at this point in his career. He can recognize patterns as they develop and position himself to make plays. He shows great coverage range and can turn and get depth in coverage and closes fast underneath, giving up few yards after the catch.

As a tackler, he has knockback strength with impressive explosion from his hips. He consistently runs through ball carriers with flashes of striking force.

Overall, Terrance is a high impact linebacker that still has his best football ahead of him. His ability to pressure the QB or drop back in coverage fits the Volunteers scheme perfectly.

Marco Avant

Scouting Report (4/13/2020) Marco Avant has ideal height and length but lacks the needed bulk at this time but should fill out relatively easy once he hits a fulltime college weigh training program. He does show raw strength and knows how to utilize it functionally. He runs well, covers a lot of ground quickly, and overall brings very good range to the table.

Against the run, Marco is a quick reactor in run support. He takes smart angles to the ball and will often beat blockers to the ball with his quick first step and reactive athleticism. He shows he can hold point and anchor when teams run at him. He has a strong upper body for lockouts and is difficult to outflank. He transitions in pursuit without much-wasted motion.

Marco drives through tackles with good explosion from the hips. He consistently knocks RBs back and eliminates second efforts. He also shows he can breakdown in the open field with balance and agility. Occasionally he will come in too hot and overrun the ball carrier, but that is a rare occurrence.

He doesn’t seem to have much pass coverage responsibility in his current scheme, so this could be an issue of concern. However, he has the skill set to be a strong coverage linebacker with experience. He looks to have his best football ahead of him given his frame and athleticism. He is far from just an up-field presence as we see three-down potential and a lot scheme and positional versatility. He could be a standout on special teams as well.

Overall, he needs to improve his take on skills and have a strong freshman year in the weight room but he is a versatile defender who has the chance to be a very productive player at the next level.

Deontae Lawson

Scouting Report (3/9/2020) Deontae Lawson is an athletic, active linebacker that is tall, lean and high-cut. Although he needs to work to add more bulk to his frame, he is explosive and plays like he is 25-pounds heavier. He was highly productive last season for Mobile Christian is an athletic, active linebacker who amassed 144 tackles, including seven tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and three interceptions.

Against the run, he fills inside with a good base and shows great power and strength when taking on pulling linemen and fullbacks at the point of attack. Lawson consistently forces blockers upright and ball carriers inside. He’s a rare athlete who can slip blockers with good lateral quickness or shed using his strong hand technique. He possesses very good pursuit-speed and can close quickly, He can cover a lot of ground and makes a ton of stops up field in opposing backfield.

Against the pass, Lawson has improved his hand usage and strength as a pass rusher from his sophomore season. A ton of upside as a standup rusher given his length, strength and quickness. I would like to see more film in pass coverage but he does show the ability to drop and get depth and will close quickly.

Deontae is elite against the run and should continue to grow in the other areas of his game. There are no red flags in his game, he just time to continue to develop his body in a college strength and conditioning program.

Raesjon Davis

Raesjon Davis is a physical linebacker prospect who plays bigger than his 215 pounds would suggest. He has a good burst and pursuit speed to chase down ball carriers anywhere on the field. He also has the long speed and fluid hips to excel in pursuit and on the perimeter. He should pack on even more good mass once he hits a college weight room.

Davis is quick to read his keys and get a downhill jump on the football. He consistently shows he can beat blockers to the ball with inside-out angles. He is aggressive in pursuit while staying disciplined with his leverage.

He comes in hot as a tackler and will make solid contact when squared up to the ball carrier. Tackles high at times but will still strike and limit leaky yardage. He flashes low drive-through tackles with good pop from his hips.

Davis is capable of covering most TE’s and running backs one-on-one. He shows good range in zone coverage and the ability to close quickly on his underneath targets. David has the skill set to be an elite pass rusher and blitzer. He is quick to penetrate and close and comes with a great motor.

He is an aggressive and productive linebacker prospect who is strong and athletic enough to develop inside or out. If he stays healthy and hungry, he should develop into an All-SEC player.

Devon Williams

Devon Williams is a physical linebacker prospect that runs well with very good burst and pursuit speed. He has an athletic frame that should allow him to pack on more good weight once he hits a college weight room. His frame should be able to hold an extra 30 lbs. without losing his athleticism.

As a linebacker, he is quick to read his keys and get a downhill jump on the football. Devon shows he can beat blockers to the ball with inside-out angles. He is aggressive in pursuit while staying disciplined with his leverage. He has strong take-on skills flashing explosive jolt-back strength but would benefit from consistent leverage and improving power base.

Devon comes in hot as a tackler and will make solid contact when squared up to the ball carrier. He tackles high at times but will still strike and limit leaky yardage. He flashes low drive-through tackles with good pop from his hips but will need to come more consistent in this part of his game.

In pass coverage, he’s more than capable of covering most TE’s one-on-one. He shows good range in zone coverage and the ability to close quickly on his underneath targets. Shows some tightness in transition but this will come with time. He flashes skill as a pass rusher and blitzer and is quick to penetrate and close.

Devon is an aggressive and productive linebacker with a great motor. His success will be based upon how much muscle he can put on. Expect big contributions after a year in the strength and conditioning program.

Chris Braswell

Chris Braswell possesses excellent height and length with a lean muscular build and should be able to continue to add needed mass with further physical development. He does display excellent playing strength, which should continue to improve as he fills out. Chris has an elite first-step quickness.

Against the run, he consistently fires out low and plays with good pad level. He does an excellent job of shooting his hands and can be very active with them using his reach and upper body strength to slip blockers quickly. He also can get off the ball and power through contact and knife through gaps at times to disrupt with penetration. He can fight to hold ground, but he is best on the move at this stage with adequate anchor and needs to continue to add size.

Against the pass, Chris has as good of an initial burst that you will see in the 2020 class. He needs to continue to refine but can be active with his weapons and displays the ability to flip hips and quickly pull thru.

Braswell is a player that is not afraid to compete and mix-it-up and displays a good motor and willingness to move around and play where he can help the team. He is an excellent tackler with a long reach to reel in ball carriers.

Braswell is an outstanding prospect but is just scraping the surface of where he should get to. He could offer some versatility to a college defense as well with the ability to potentially fit as a DE or OLB.

He is a versatile, highly-disruptive defender who can play standing up or with his hand in the dirt with speed to make plays on the perimeter. With refinements and continued physical development in his game, he should develop into at least an All-SEC performer.

 

Mekhail Sherman

Scouting Report: (7/11/19)

Mekhail Sherman is fast and physical linebacker prospect who plays bigger than his 234 pounds would suggest. He has a great combination of size and speed and has been timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Mekhail has an elite burst and pursuit speed to chase down ball carriers anywhere on the field. He also has the long speed and fluid hips to excel in pursuit and on the perimeter. Despite having good size, he should pack on even more good mass once he hits a college weight room.

Mekhail is quick to read his keys and get a downhill jump on the football. He consistently shows he can beat blockers to the ball with inside-out angles. He is aggressive in pursuit while staying disciplined with his leverage.

He comes in hot as a tackler and will make solid contact when squared up to ball carrier. Tackles high at times but will still strike and limit leaky yardage. He flashes low drive-through tackles with good pop from his hips.

Mekhail is capable of covering most TE’s and running backs one-on-one. He shows good range in zone coverage and the ability to close quickly on his underneath targets. Mekhail has the skill set to be an elite pass rusher and blitzer. He is quick to penetrate and close and comes with a great motor.

Mekhail is an aggressive and productive linebacker prospect who is strong and athletic enough to develop inside or out. If he stays healthy and hungry, he should develop into an All-SEC player and first-round draft pick.

Antonio Doyle Jr.

Antonio Doyle Jr. is a physical linebacker prospect that runs well with very good burst and pursuit speed. He has an athletic frame that should allow him to pack on more good weight once he hits a college weight room. He is a solid prospect at both outside linebacker and tight end but will likely land at linebacker.

As a linebacker, he is quick to read his keys and get a downhill jump on the football. Antonio shows he can beat blockers to the ball with inside-out angles. He is aggressive in pursuit while staying disciplined with his leverage. He has strong take-on skills flashing explosive jolt-back strength but would benefit from consistent leverage and improving power base.

Antonio comes in hot as a tackler and will make solid contact when squared up to ball carrier. He tackles high at times but will still strike and limit leaky yardage. He flashes low drive-through tackles with good pop from his hips but will need to come more consistent in this part of his game.

In pass coverage, he’s capable of covering most TE’s one-on-one. He shows good range in zone coverage and the ability to close quickly on his underneath targets. Shows some tightness in transition but this will come with time. He flashes skill as a pass rusher and blitzer and is quick to penetrate and close.

Antonio is an aggressive and productive linebacker with a great motor. You don’t get offers from Alabama and Georgia at the linebacker position unless you are a potential NFL draft pick. If he is able to stay healthy and hungry, he should develop into an All-SEC caliber player.

Jashaud Stewart

Jashaud Stewart will not wow you in terms of measurables on paper, but once you turn the film on you will be pleasantly surprised. At 6’2 and 221 pounds, he will arrive on campus a bit undersized as a defensive end but has an amazing skill set. In fact, when he reaches the offensive player, he brings more pop than most guys 30 pounds heavier than he is. He has a frame that should be able to add more good mass but if not could move to outside linebacker.

Against the run, is where he will need to add good mass to help anchor against bigger blockers but demonstrates he can fire out and maintain a good ‘football position’ and creates separation. He displays elite lateral agility to squeeze and take away cutback lanes and shows great awareness and discipline as a defender.

As a pass rusher, he is capable of quickly firing off the ball and getting up-field. Jashaud stays active and is violent with his hands in attacking blockers. Flashes the ability to convert speed-to-power and is a very good edge rusher at this stage.

Last season he recorded 89 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries. The key to Jashaud success will be finding the right spot between gaining weight and not losing his athleticism. I have to admit, I was skeptical before I watched his game film. However, now I think he has the potential to become a big-time contributor for the Razorbacks. You cannot teach the type of instincts and aggression that he plays with.

Drew Sanders

Scouting Report: (6/17/2019) Drew Sanders might be the most intriguing prospect in the nation. I am not a fan of giving players listed as athletes five-stars. Normally if a player doesn’t have a defined position before they arrive on campus, they’re unlikely to live up to the five-star hype. They will spend much of their college career trying to find where they fit in best. Just because a player is good at several things in high school, does not mean he will be great at one thing in college.

Sanders is different because he could be a five-star at two positions. He will likely play outside linebacker at Alabama but could develop into a first-round draft pick at tight end.

On offense he is the definition of a playmaker. Drew has played several different positions in high school, but he can get hit an open hole with impressive downhill burst and has the patience to read his blocks and LB flow when needed. He cuts on the run very well for a player his size.

As a receiver, he is a natural, confident pass catcher with quick, strong hands. He demonstrates very good body control with the ability to adjust to throws outside of frame and can track the ball well over his shoulder.

Despite all the talent he displays on the offensive side of the ball, it will be hard to keep him off the defensive side of the ball.

As a linebacker, he is smart, instinctive and very opportunistic around the football. Sanders flashes quick downhill reads and fills between the tackles. He stays clean with explosive shedding and jolt back strength. He has the speed and quickness to scrape for a lot of production outside the hashes.

Drew is a textbook tackler with explosive run through form. He does not let up leaky yardage and limits forward progress with his power. Sanders breaks down well in space and can shows good balance and body control on contact and he knows how to use leverage.

If Drew stays healthy and hungry, he will succeed on either side of the football. I personally think he could be the best tight end in the nation by the end of his sophomore season but should grow to All-Conference as an OLB too.