Photo of Doug Middleton
Grade
4.97 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 210LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

Plays with the mindset of a linebacker. Absolutely punishing hitter. Fires downhill aggressively in search of the ball and runs through targets with jarring blows. Very good ball production in 2014. Will flash focus and above average hands when throws are in his grasp. The closer to the line of scrimmage, the more comfortable he becomes. Praised by scouts for leadership ability and character off the field. Fifth-year senior around whom defense rallies. Makes calls on the back­ end and has immediate special teams value.

Weaknesses

Bulky through hips and thighs. Clunky when attempting to open and change directions. Doesn't have reactive twitch to recover quickly enough when out of position. Shows issues processing combination routes. Instincts from deep are inconsistent. Waits for ball to be launched before drifting and driving towards target. Better hitter than tackler. Drops head and lunges towards target rather than striking and running feet. Had 14 missed/broken tackles this season. Recovery speed is a concern.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Bottom Line

High-end leader with outstanding football and personal character. Middleton has experience playing both safety spots, but his 2015 tape didn’t show enough recovery quickness and lateral agility to make a living in the deep safety spot. Middleton can hit like a freight train and is made for the box. With an ability to come in and compete on special teams, Middleton will have a shot at making a roster.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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