Photo of Devin Unga
Grade
5.09 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Married. Comes from a large Tongan football family, including several relatives who played Division I football and in the NFL. Born and raised in California before moving to Hawaii in high school -- played tight end and starred on the hardwood, winning state titles in football and basketball. Began his college career at Oregon State -- was part of the 2006 recruiting class, but served a two-year LDS mission in Guatemala. Joined OSU in '09 (wore jersey No. 41) -- converted to linebacker and contributed on special teams, tallying 18 tackles, one-half for loss and zero sacks in 12 games. Appeared in all 12 games in '10 and collected 32-2-1. Dislocated his left elbow in the season finale against Oregon. Transferred to BYU, walked on and sat out '11 per NCAA rules. Was a backup inside linebacker in '12, recording 28-3-1 with one pass breakup, an interception and a forced fumble in 13 games. Stepped into the lineup in '13 and was the Cougars' leading tackler -- started all 13 games at Mike in BYU's 3-4 scheme and racked up 143-7.5-0 with three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Suffered a chest contusion against Virginia then reportedly played through a broken hand in the middle of the season. Suffered a torn right ACL, MCL and meniscus in the fourth quarter of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Washington. Team captain. Was medically excluded at the NFL Scouting Combine (knee).

Analysis

Strengths

Good eyes to key and diagnose -- football smart. Plays on his feet and bends well. Steps downhill and has good take-on strength to stack and shed blockers. Motor runs hot in pursuit. Solid tackler. Drops competently into zone and shows nice awareness and reactions. Experience in a 3-4 defense. Has a special-teams mentality. Well-respected, motivated, hardworking leader. Comes from a football family.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal height and length. Has very small hands. Lacks ideal foot speed -- can be a step late to the perimeter. Can be covered up and negated when he plays on his heels and exposes his frame to larger linemen. Needs to be schemed free as a blitzer. Relatively inexperienced. Is overaged with limited upside -- will be a 26-year-old rookie.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

An overaged, competitive, physical linebacker of Tongan descent, Unga went from walk-on to captain at BYU, where he was a tackling machine in his lone season as a starter. Skill set and college responsibilities translate well to the pro game, and he’s capable of serving as a core special-teams player and solid backup for a 3-4 team.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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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.

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