Photo of Tahir Whitehead
Grade
54.2 ?
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 233LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Whitehead is a good all-around linebacker prospect who will not blow anyone away with his play, but he is serviceable and will be a good special teams player at the next level. He is a competitive defender who likes to play against the run but is even better at mauling tight ends off the ball and keeping them out of their routes. He doesn't do as well to stay with the man downfield, and he shouldn't be relied upon much against the pass in any capacity. Whitehead is a solid prospect with fifth- or sixth-round value.

Analysis

Strengths

Whitehead is very good at using his hands and arm strength to harass tight ends at the line of scrimmage. He has a good base and he likes to set his butt to get up under tight ends and bigger linemen to throw them off their stance at the snap. He has good speed to run a guy down across the field, but he is more of a long-speed runner and isn't as great in short areas. He is a solid tackler inside who could get the job done against NFL linemen.

Weaknesses

Whitehead is a run defender and should only be relied upon to re-route guys early when working in the passing game. He doesn't change directions well when running with guys downfield against the pass, and he will struggle here greatly at the next level. He doesn't look natural when dropping into zone coverage and shouldn't be put in a scheme in which he has to defend the pass often. He's more of a two-down defender.
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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.