Photo of Aaron Wallace
Drafted By: Titans
  • Round 7
  • Pick 1
  • Overall 222
Grade
5.39 ?

Draft Analysis:

Dick LeBeau could eventually find a role for this "jack-of-all-trades" linebacker on his defense. His pass rush ability and range vs the run make him a quality 7th round pickup. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 240LBS. Weight

Overview

Wallace didn't get to experience a lot of his father's professional career, as the former Oakland Raiders' second-round pick left his job as an NFL linebacker when his son was only five years old. However, the younger Aaron obviously carries the family athleticism genes -- though he didn't really get to show his wares until his senior year with the Bruins. His senior year of high school was disappointing, as he couldn’t play due to torn ankle ligaments. After a redshirt year at UCLA, he played in 23 games as a reserve in 2012 and 2013, totaling eight tackles. Wallace saw the field a bit more regularly as a junior, starting one contest and making 19 tackles. He didn't earn a starting job coming out of fall camp in 2015, but injuries in the linebacker corps gave him a chance, and he took advantage. Wallace garnered honorable mention All-Pac-12 credentials, making 65 stops, 12.5 for loss and seven sacks on the year, getting on NFL scouts’ radars.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds
Vertical: 36 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 10 inches
Short shuttle: 4.27 seconds
3-cone: 7.35 seconds
Bench: 25 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Well­-built with good muscular definition. Slightly pigeon-toed with explosive burst upfield to threaten tackles. Quick-­twitch athlete. Plus lateral quickness and good knee bend in his play. Has enough juice to be a true edge rusher. Can dip and trim the corner with a tight turn. Finished this season with seven sacks and 17 pressures despite playing less than 60 percent of the snaps. Holds a solid edge against tackles and has the strength and potential to own tight ends at point of attack. Shows agility in space to cover. Has experience as 3­-4 rush linebacker and 4­-3 WILL and SAM. Showed massive improvement over the course of the season. Was playing his best football at the end of the year.

Weaknesses

One-year starter. His play is more thinking than reacting at this time. Lacks experience and instincts to cut it loose and play at full throttle. Needs to play fast all the time. Can learn to strike with more authority as a tackler. Will get fooled by play­-action and can be slow to find the ball after the mesh ­point. Technique needs work taking on split zone blockers and pulling guards. In need of more violent punch and shed approach to disengage. Must improve at leveraging his gap from 4­-3 looks.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Sources Tell Us

"Completely different player from the BYU game to the USC game. He has some talent but he's like a sophomore in terms of his linebacker instincts. I don’t know if that will change with experience or not." -- NFC West scout

Bottom Line

Wallace is an ascending prospect with the twitch, athleticism and power to become an eventual starter as a 3­-4 outside linebacker. However, despite his growth as a player this season, he is still in a developmental phase and may take some seasoning before he is ready to become a contributor on the NFL level.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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