Photo of Dan Fox
Grade
4.76 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 233LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Generally keys, diagnoses and locates. Functional take-on strength. Flows to the ball and gives effort in pursuit. Solid wrap tackler. Smart and aware. Tough and durable -- played all 52 games of his career. Played Mike and Will in a 3-4 front and has special-teams experience. Good football and personal character.

Weaknesses

Very short arms. Average athlete with tight hips -- shows stiffness in space. Short on agility to slip blocks and needs to improve his hand use in order to disengage more quickly. Could struggle to shadow backs and tight ends in man coverage. Was not a playmaker -- too many of his tackles come beyond the line of scrimmage. Has to be schemed free as a blitzer.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Fox played through a knee injury as a senior when he temporarily ceded his started spot to an underclassman, though he was granted a reprieve and wound up being ND's leading tackler. More productive than impactful, Fox has a ceiling as a backup Mike linebacker, though he will have to be a core special-teams player to hold down a roster spot.
-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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