Photo of Colton Underwood
Grade
4.85 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 31 1/8" Arm Length
  • 256LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Thickly built and muscular. Toils in the weight room, and it shows (26 bench press reps). Good eyes and instincts. Plays with leverage. Motor runs hot -- brings consistent intensity and pursuit effort. Closes hard down the line. Arrives with bad intentions and hits with thump. Has some bulldog in him -- lined up everywhere and competed even when overmatched. Has a special-teams mentality. Outstanding, face-of-the-program type makeup -- very hardworking, tough and competitive. Loves football and hones his craft when no one's watching. Professional approach. Team captain as a 21-year-old senior.

Weaknesses

Has 'tweener traits -- lacks ideal length for defensive end and speed for outside linebacker. Plays short-armed and can be subdued by larger linemen who get their hands on him. Is tight-hipped and shows some stiffness in his movement (shows in space). Average suddenness and flexibility. Does not change direction or accelerate explosively. Too much production is effort-based, and numbers decreased as a senior without the benefit of Nate Palmer (Packers) and Shelby Harris on the line.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A two-time Buck Buchanan Award finalist, Underwood is a productive, motivated, high-motor effort rusher who compensates for natural limitations with relentlessness. Has the determination to carve a niche as a core special-teams player and backup defensive end/rotational pass rusher, but will have to adapt as a small fish in a big pond, particularly given his short arms and average athleticism and flexibility.
-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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