Jeremiah George, ILB, Iowa St. (HT: 5’11¼” WT: 234 lbs)
Fifth Round: 154th Pick
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- Has put on weight and managed it well, up from 195 pounds as a sophomore.
- Adequate bulk for an NFL linebacker.
- Can backpedal quickly to get depth in coverage.
- Adequate hands to make plays on passes and intercepted multiple passes as a senior.
- Fine balance to keep his feet when taking on blocks and maintaining position to make tackles.
- Is a small and elusive target to whom blockers don’t often get their hands.
- Has short-area quickness to elude blockers, effective in tight spaces.
- Effective against zone concepts with lateral quickness to slide and mirror backs who can get through multiple holes.
- High effort in pursuit led to high tackle numbers.
- Much improved from 2012 to 2013, development is trending in the right direction.
- Sat and learned as an underclassman behind two current NFL linebackers (Jake Knott and A.J. Klein).
- More of a stat accumulator than a true difference-maker on the Iowa State defense.
- Undersized in terms of height and length.
- Lacks athletic potential.
- Mechanical mover with stiff hips and insufficient change-of-direction ability.
- Poor long speed for an undersized linebacker.
- Too indecisive when reading keys and is an overly reactive linebacker.
- Bounces around aimlessly in coverage at times.
- Lets his eyes lock onto the QB and loses awareness of route-runners in his zones.
- Struggles with footwork in man coverage to break on routes and limit separation.
- Lacks recovery speed to close down route-runners.
- Little potential as a blitzer and unproductive making plays in the backfield as a collegiate linebacker.
- Plays on his heels and allows blockers and backs to run up on him too often.
- Doesn’t close down space by coming downhill with decisiveness in his run fits.
- Not a highly impactful tackler, little power to bring backs down without extra yardage.
- Inconsistent tackling technique, doesn’t always keep feet moving through contact.
- A 3-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2010, 55th-ranked inside linebacker by ESPN.
- 2013 First Team All-Big 12.
- 2013 Pete Taylor Team Most Valuable Player.
- 2013 co-captain.
Jeremiah George has come a long way in a very short time to mold himself into the caliber of player who will get the attention of NFL teams. Just two years ago he could hardly garner significant playing time outside of special teams work for the Cyclones. His poor athletic measurements and lack of any special characteristics make him more of a flier than anything, but if he continues to develop at the same pace he should stick on an NFL roster, or at least a practice squad.
Draft Projection: 7th Round-UDFA
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