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K.J. Britt NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

American Team linebacker KJ Britt of Auburn (33) runs during the NCAA Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
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HEIGHT:
 6'0 1/2"

WEIGHT: 235 lbs

        

POSITIVES

—Very violent player who does not hesitate to take on offensive linemen.

—Smart player who quickly diagnoses the game.

—Consistent club-up tackler.

        

NEGATIVES

—Change-of-direction skills are closer to an offensive lineman than a coverage player.

—Will not be able to play sideline-to-sideline in the NFL with his foot speed.

—Coverage ability is a limiting factor when projecting to the next level.

        

2020 STATISTICS

 2G 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 0 sacks

      

NOTES

—Missed most of his senior year with a thumb injury but was able to recover for Senior Bowl and pro day participation.

—Started 14 games in college, making All-SEC as a junior, his first season as a full-time starter.

—Had 23 tackles in only two games in 2020.

        

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OVERALL

Despite his lack of playing time, K.J. Britt has flashed his potential as a "thumper" type of linebacker who should be looked at as a 3-4 inside linebacker. For as consistent, smart and violent as he is, he lacks some of the athletic traits to transition to the NFL.

Being able to make it on special teams early in his career will be crucial to him sticking on a roster, giving him time to develop. Currently, he may have more value as a high-effort practice player who gives others good looks more than he can bring to the table on game days. 

       

GRADE: 6.7/10 (Round 6)

OVERALL RANK: 225/300

POSITION RANKLB21

PRO COMPARISON: Joe Giles-Harris

       

Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda

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