Azeem Victor NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Oakland Raiders' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2016, file photo, Washington's Azeem Victor reacts to a play against Rutgers in the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Seattle. In the midst of being the starting middle linebacker for the No. 4 team in the country, Azeem Victor is trying to do more. Victor’s goals go beyond what he’s doing on the field for Washington and what he’s doing in getting his education. In Victor’s case, doing more means starting a foundation while a college student and football player. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
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POSITIVES

—Aggressive player who isn't afraid to poke his nose into traffic and stuff the run.

—Plays with good instincts; his 2016 tape showed a high football IQ.

—Uses his hands well to stack and shed but also to get physical when in coverage.

—Sinks into zones well and can close on routes coming up to play the ball.

—True downhill thumper who attacked the run game.

      

NEGATIVES

—Tested well below NFL standards with a 4.4 short shuttle and a 7.2 three-cone to go along with an average
4.72 in the 40.

—Almost declared for 2017 draft but broke his leg in November 2016.

—Started only five games in 2017; suspended after DUI arrest; appeared out of shape and unmotivated
compared to previous seasons.

—Coaches did not vouch for him when we talked to them. Isn't a self-motivator.

—Was benched as a senior.

      

OVERALL

Azeem Victor was a big name in 2016 but didn't look the same this past season. A poor showing at the combine didn't help his stock since there were already concerns about work ethic and motivation. Victor is unlikely to be drafted.

       

GRADE: 5.00 (Priority Free Agent)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON
: Manti Te'o, New Orleans Saints

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