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Combine Results

Grade
5.33 ?
  • 4.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.30 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 227LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Each year there is a highly productive but undersized linebacker prospect in the draft, and the question is always the same -- "is he too small?" An NFL team will find room for Striker because of his explosiveness to the ball; ironically, he grew up in Tampa watching a Buccaneers defense that would have valued his speed and tenacity despite his size. He garnered first-team All-Big 12 and Associated Press All-American notice as both a junior (third team) and senior (second team). In his three years as a starter, Striker lived in opponents’ backfields, racking up 46.5 tackles for loss and 23 sacks, while also hustling in coverage to defend 12 passes.

Analysis

Strengths

Chess piece Oklahoma defensive coordinators moved around the board. Excellent chase speed from backside with ability to shut down run play before it gets started. Plays with good bend and forward lean. Flexible ankles allow him to lean and trim edge sharply. Shows blockers unorthodox angles making it hard to get a solid punch on him as pass rusher. Flips hips and shoulders to squirm over top of a soft edge block and around the corner. Coordinates hands and feet to improve positioning after contact rather than laying on blocks. Fluid dropping into space and handles his business in coverage. Instinctive and aware in space and mindful to restrict passing windows. Proactive hand use and attempts to win early against larger, longer opponents. Able to snap off multiple direction changes while stalking prey.

Weaknesses

Thin frame missing the sand in his pants to play full-­time on the edge. Below average play strength. Can’t consistently set an edge. Will get pushed around at the point of attack by physical tight ends. Doesn't have back-­end range to play full­-time safety role. Teams must have a plan for him or he could be miscast. Carries little pop behind his pads as tackler and isn't always tackle ready. Allowed four broken tackles on the season. Pass rush success reliant upon quickness over skill. If early edge burst gets shut down as pass rusher, doesn’t have consistent counter to go to. Gets jolted off-­course by a solid punch. Chase­-oriented tackler who has issues when teams come downhill at him. Has issues with losing contain against the run.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

Tony Jefferson

Bottom Line

Full-time, three­-year starter who has shown the ability to rush the passer, and cover in space. Striker's production was good, but not overly prolific and he doesn't appear to be a clean fit at the outside linebacker spot where he played in college. While teams could consider Striker as a 4­-3 WILL linebacker or as a box safety, he is most likely to appeal to teams who are looking to deploy him from a variety of spots on the field.
-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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