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Grade
4.95 ?
  • 4.74 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 240LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

2013: Second-team All-Big Ten selection after starting in all 13 games and leading the team with 112 tackles. 2012: Honorable mention All-Big Ten pick after playing in and starting 11 games. Led the Big Ten with 124 tackles. 2011: Played in eight games, but did not start. Missed five games due to a knee injury. 2010: Played in 10 games, but did not start.

Analysis

Strengths

Aggressive tackler. Flows fast to the ball (when he sees it) and has good playing range to the sideline. Plays bigger than his size and does not back down from big-bodied blockers or physical runners (see Ohio State). Fairly explosive hitter. Plays with a chip on his shoulder and is highly respected for his work ethic, makeup and overall approach. Is mentally and physically tough. Very durable despite lack of size (missed only one game in career).

Weaknesses

Is short and lacks bulk. Tends to play narrow-based and get rooted out of the hole on inside runs. Angles and anticipation could stand to improve -- is late to sort out misdirection. Very average cover instincts -- often is lured by play-action passing game. See-and-go reactor. Modest production for a weakside position where action is designed to be heavily funneled his way -- leaves some on the field.

Bottom Line

An active, undersized, run-and-hit weakside linebacker, Hitchens is at his best in a scheme where he is protected and free to run to the ball. Has shown gradual improvement and could stand to compete for a backup role.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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