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Drafted By: 49ers

Combine Results

Grade
59.7 ?
  • 4.77 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 27 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.03 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Fleming will improve the depth and athleticism behind the 49ers' starting linebackers. He will also anchor their special teams units as a cover guy and possibly develop into a contributor as a situational player.

  • 6'2" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 245LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Fleming has good size for a linebacker and can bend and move well for his build. He was a starter at Notre Dame for more than two years and the key part of a very strong linebacker group. He is a good lateral mover and aggressive both in pursuit and once he gets to the ball. Fleming can be a liability in coverage, but he has value in a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker who purely rushes the passer and sets the edge.

Analysis

Strengths

Fleming is a superb rusher who has a strong burst off the line to get into a tackle, bend his knees and dip around his opponent. He excels at setting the edge and keeping plays inside of him. He is natural in his a lateral movements and can pursue plays to the outside. He has fluid hips that he relies on to recover and run down plays.

Weaknesses

Fleming has little value as a dropping pass defender and often looks lost when forced to cover. He is a scheme player and would struggle if forced to cover tight ends in space in a 4-3 scheme. He also struggles when defending inside runs and is better when just setting the edge to keep the play inside.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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