Jack Cichy NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2015, file photo, Maryland quarterback Perry Hills, left, is sacked by Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy in the first half of an NCAA college football game, in College Park, Md. Maryland faces Ohio State on Saturday. The Terrapins have lost four of five, including a 59-3 humiliation at Michigan. Throw in the 101 points that Ohio State has scored in its last two games against Maryland, and this shapes up to be a huge mismatch. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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POSITIVES

—Was on path to be four-year contributor at big-time school suggesting coaching staff saw all necessary traits.

—Doesn't waste time getting lower half into motion once he's committed to a read.

—Instincts and processing skills are above-average and put him in the right spot more often than not.

—Productive blitzer who shows solid hand usage to keep himself clean in traffic.

       

NEGATIVES

—Missed second half of 2016 with pec injury and missed all of 2017 with knee injury.

—Limited athlete who wins by being correct and can struggle to even compete if his instincts are wrong.

—Average height but routinely plays high and upright; will struggle to routinely win leverage.

—Limited playing time makes him even more of a projection than most.

—Two-down linebacker who will be exposed by skill players in space at the next level.

         

OVERALL

Jack Cichy's injuries are a major concern and will weigh heavily in his evaluation. He simply doesn't have enough consistent tape to know what teams will be getting at the next level. Throw in his limited athleticism and teams will be guessing about where exactly he'll fit with their teams. The instincts are obvious and Wisconsin's staff clearly had high hopes, suggesting there's enough there to warrant a look.

     

GRADE: 5.65 (Round 5-6)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Nick Kwiatkoski, Chicago Bears

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