Photo of A.J. Tarpley
4.94 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 241LBS. Weight



Good football intelligence. Instructional-video quality tackling when he locks on. Stays square and slides from gap to gap stalking runner. Takes good angles chasing wide and is adequate space tackler. Efficient mover with decent hips and feet. Used to spy UCLA QB Brett Hundley. Can cover backs and tight ends. Zone aware. Football runs in his family with father and brother both playing college football. Starter for most of the last four years for physical stop unit.


Doesn't step downhill. Second-level tackler. Tentative at times waiting for plays to come to him. Doesn't have twitch to explode laterally to widen play radius. Average athlete and straight-line inside backer with limitations to the perimeter. Could use a little more nasty in his game. When linemen get hands on him, he's in trouble. Not a threatening blitzer.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

NFL Comparison

Emmanuel Acho

Bottom Line

Heady inside linebacker mindful of assignments in scheme-oriented Stanford defense. Nothing special about his size, athleticism or competitiveness on tape and lack of downhill metrics could limit his draft prospects despite his steady play. Has backup potential in the league.
-Lance Zierlein
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.