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Stevenson Sylvester (LB)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    231 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/8 in.
  • College:
    Utah
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 35 (166)
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Pick Analysis: Pittsburgh continues to bolster its 3-4 defense with productive linebackers by taking Utah's Stevenson Sylvester. Very competitive, with a high moter, Sylvester excels at dropping into coverage and chasing down plays. He is somewhat small, though, and could use work on his blitzing given the Steelers' aggressive scheme.

Overview

Sylvester has been a highly productive player for the Utah defense over the past three seasons. He has a good frame to gain additional bulk and this should help his overall game at the next level. Sylvester is a high energy defender that has excellent instincts and is rarely out of position. He has some trouble taking on large lineman between the tackles and is best when covered up. Sylvester does a nice job maintaining leverage with proper angles and hand use to work through traffic. He has better range than his timed speed would indicate and gets to the pile often outside the hashes. Stevenson has excellent quickness, balance and agility in coverage but needs to improve his ability when in a blitz mode. Sylvester is an excellent collegiate football player that should eventually start in the NFL.


Strengths

Sylvester possesses adequate size. Best attribute may be his sound, consistent tackling. Has been highly productive. Is a tough, competitive ‘backer who displays impressive instincts when reading his keys. Has a big-time motor. Uses hands well to help compensate for lack of ideal size. Impressive range and speed when tracking running plays and dropping into coverage.

Weaknesses

Only possesses average strength at the point of attack and doesn’t play well in a phone booth. Needs to expand his pass rush package. Won’t be able to get to the quarterback on quickness alone at the next level. Can struggle diagnosing play action at times and get caught out of position.

Grade

2.0