Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana (HT: 6’2¾” WT: 234 lbs.)
Fifth Round: 171st Pick
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- Smart linebacker who reads keys well and can react quickly.
- Quick, nimble feet in short areas.
- Terrific long speed to chase down plays in the open field.
- Has initial quickness to accelerate on the ball or in blitz calls.
- Instinctive to find small gaps as a blitzer.
- Comfortable in a back pedal to get depth in zone coverage.
- Can put his foot in the ground to come forward and play routes in front of him well.
- Anticipates routes well and has skills for man coverage.
- Fits the run quickly coming downhill to close down space.
- Disciplined in pursuit angles, not a liability to his team.
- Always seems to be around the ball.
- Plays with a high motor and high energy level.
- Athleticism and instinctive traits translate to special teams value.
- Complimented leadership and off-field traits.
- Not an overly dominant or stand-out type player at the FCS level.
- On the small side in terms of both weight and length.
- Not an overly fluid mover, tight in the hips.
- Tightness limits versatility and ability to limit separation throughout routes in coverage.
- Limited in terms of functional strength and doesn’t translate as a traditional box linebacker well.
- Not an overly physical defender.
- Doesn’t always extend hands to keep blockers off his frame and has short arms if he does.
- Gets mentally hung up when taking on blockers, will lose eye contact with the football.
- Inconsistent to poor technique as a tackler.
- Doesn’t keep head up and drive to generate power, need to drag down backs instead of driving to limit yards after contact.
- Suffered a shoulder injury three games into his 2011 season that required surgery and ended his season.
- Two-time FCS All-American
- Two-time first-team All-Big Sky
Jordan Tripp came into the draft picture during his senior season and may have locked himself into a “draftable” designation with a successful Senior Bowl week. His leadership, mentality and intensity were all eye-catching characteristics in Mobile, Ala.
Unfortunately, the lack of size and strength may hold back Tripp. His combine measurements all came in at impressive numbers, which may indicate a team will give him an opportunity to win a job at linebacker. He translates as a depth linebacker in a base 4-3 with special teams value.
Draft Projection: Fifth-Sixth Round