James Looney NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Green Bay Packers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello (3) throws under pressure from California defensive end James Looney (9) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

POSITIVES

NFL bloodlines with his brother, Joe, a Dallas Cowboys lineman out of Wake Forest. His father, James, was a linebacker at Louisville.

—Varied moves that can help with pass-rushing production.

—His speed and athleticism are above-average and will help him in transition.

—Good first step that can be developed into a well-timed jump off the snap.

                                                  

NEGATIVES

—Doesn't fit a specific position and will have to either bulk up his 6'3", 280-pound frame or become a better athlete.

—Little waist and lower body that will struggle to hold up at the point of attack against NFL offensive linemen.

—Tendency to stand and peek over the fence to find the ball-carrier rather than square up blocks in the gap.

—High pad height creates leverage and balance issues against even adequate linemen.

                                 

OVERALL

Looney is an intriguing prospect who has family connections in the NFL with his brother a 2012 fourth-round selection of the San Francisco 49ers. James, however, may not be quite ready for a role on a roster. He'll have to either bulk up or suddenly develop some bend and flexibility to his game if he hopes to find a true positional fit. In the meantime, he's likely a special teamer who could see some work as a goal-line and short-yardage fullback.

                             

GRADE: 5.20 (Priority Free Agent)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Will Tukuafu, free agent

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