Photo of Junior Sylvestre
Grade
5.37 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 222LBS. Weight

Overview

Selected first-team All-MAC in 2013 and 2014. Played in all 26 games with five starts during the 2011-2012 seasons. Played wide receiver and defensive back at South Broward High School (Fla.). Was on 4x400 relay team that placed second in state.

Analysis

Strengths

Plays as fast to the perimeter as just about any linebacker in this draft. Smooth to flow and mirror running back when playing from on top. Outstanding at navigating through traffic and coming out of the other end to get to the play. Changes direction well and finishes with good form and a thud behind his pads. Able to cover running backs out of the backfield. Can glide and slide through crevices as a blitzer. Has acceleration to become a factor with blitz-happy team. Shows good awareness in zone coverage.

Weaknesses

Fails to hit the 6-foot mark. Smaller than desired for the position. When he waits on linemen to climb up to him, he can be pushed around. Must work to become more proactive and aggressive as a downhill force to compensate for his lack of size. Can improve his play strength. Will get grabby in man coverage.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

NFL Comparison

Jonathan Casillas

Bottom Line

Likely 4-3 weakside linebacker as a pro who can run from sideline to sideline with the ability to heat the quarterback up as a blitzer. Had his weight up from the mid 220s to 233 for his pro day and still ran a sub-4.6 40-yard dash. While Sylvestre is smaller than desired, he plays with toughness and finds a way to keep himself clean and in more plays than expected. His ability to play fast and with focus gives him a legitimate chance to be taken on the third day of the draft with a shot at becoming an eventual starter.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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