Troy Apke NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Washington Redskins' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Penn State safety Troy Apke celebrates breaking up a pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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POSITIVES

—Blew up the combine with a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, 41-inch vertical jump and 6.56-second three-cone.

—Height, weight, speed prospect teams will hope can develop.

—Doesn't get scared in run support.

—Has ability to match up with tight ends at the line.

—Works like a smaller linebacker against the run and is active.

                         

NEGATIVES

—Inconsistent producer and gets lost in space.

—Lots of missed tackles on tape from poor technique (dipping head).

—Football IQ appears low based on timing, angles and alignment.

—Stiff through transitions and moves more like a sprinter than a safety.

—Has added weight in the past, and his frame is maxed.

—Small hands (8 ⅜"); under the NFL threshold.

                

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OVERALL

The 6'1", 200-pound Troy Apke made a name for himself at the NFLPA game and then again at the NFL Scouting Combine, but we're still talking about a player who was an afterthought on film. Unless he can quickly improve his diagnosing skills and football IQ, he'll just be a track guy in pads.

                    

GRADE: 4.99 (Camp Body)

PRO COMPARISON: Chris Clemons, retired