2017 NFL Draft Profile: Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin
Get the strengths, weaknesses, and video highlights of linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin out of Tennessee in his 2017 NFL Draft profile.
When it comes to linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin out of Tennessee, many attributes come to mind. Toughness, aggression, and patience to put himself in a position to make an impact on the gridiron are just some of the words that come to mind. As he prepares to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, Reeves-Maybin has the potential to push the envelope for a team willing to take a chance on him.
Reeves-Maybin has a bit of an injury bug as he suffered a severe shoulder injury that caused him to miss a plethora of football games. If he can be healthy and bulk up from his 6’0″, 230lbs. frame, Reeves-Maybin could turn into a solid situational linebacker.
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Reeves-Maybin brings a smart football IQ and speed to disrupt offenses with precision. He has a knack at sifting through offensive plays meant to confuse but ends up making a big defensive play or key 3rd down stop. Reeves-Maybin has experience in coverage schemes as well as in special teams which means he might have to start out from there before being eased into linebacker rotations.
Size will be an issue when Reeves-Maybin transitions into NFL as obviously, everyone is bigger, stronger, and smarter in the pros. Teams will be reluctant to select him high in this year’s draft due to it and his shoulder injury. All of which means he might need to take a year off to heal and grasp everything that awaits him at the pro level. Reeves-Maybin is a developmental player for a team willing to be patient in his progression.
DRAFT DAY PREDICTION
Due to injury concerns and the fact that Reeves-Maybin will need the right coaching and patience to pan out in the league, he’ll more than likely be taken in Round 2 or Round 3. The potential is there as one lucky team will find a hidden gem in this year’s draft.