Photo of Jamil Merrell
5.17 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 252LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands



Good instincts to locate the ball quickly. Outstanding effort and back-side chase pursuit. Anticipates the snap very well and can flatten down the line and secure ball carriers from behind. Motor is always revving. Strong tackler. Flashes pass-rush ability. Solid base strength to hold the point -- plays bigger than his size. Good football intelligence. Respected, vocal leader who carries himself well. Tough and battled through a foot injury all season (after missing first two games).


Lacks ideal bulk to defend the run. Average bend to trim the corner. Very tight-hipped, as confirmed in 4.58-second 20-yard shuttle at his pro day. Is not a creative pass rusher. Displays no counter moves. Lacks ideal acceleration and burst to beat NFL blockers.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

Bottom Line

A high-motor disruptor who plays faster than his timed speed and has the toughness, football smarts and leadership traits to earn a job in the pros. Could be best as a 3-4 outside linebacker for an aggressive, zone-blitzing team such as the Ravens or Steelers.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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.