Photo of Stephen Weatherly
Drafted By: Vikings
  • Round 7
  • Pick 6
  • Overall 227

Combine Results

Grade
5.35 ?
  • 4.61 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Weatherly has as much upside as any Day 3 pick this year. He was a stand up edge rusher when Vandy switched to a 34 base and and has some speed to power traits that the Vikings can unleash at some point during his rookie contract. He should be a high-quality backup in the NFL. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 34 1/2" Arm Length
  • 267LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Weatherly possesses one of the more unique family and personal backgrounds among the 2016 draft class, with a grandmother who graduated from Harvard and MIT and the ability to play six musical instruments. On the field, he has grown from a rotation defensive end as a redshirt freshman in 2013 (19 tackles, five for loss, 3.5 sacks) to part-time starter as a 3-4 linebacker (nine starts, 55 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks) to a team leader (46 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks). Having nearly completed his degree, Weatherly decided after the season to move on to the NFL as an early draft entrant.


Pro Day Results


20-yard short shuttle: 4.42 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.07 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Long-limbed frame with wide hips and a big bubble should handle more muscle. Has experience with a hand down or standing up. Used as A-­gap blitzer at times and showed some slippery to knife through on occasion. Tall and can peek over the fray to find the ball. Closes off the edge to the ball like a freight train when unblocked. Long legs help him range around field and close ground against hesitant runners.

Weaknesses

Open-side rusher at Vanderbilt lacking upfield burst. False step, pre-­rush slows him in the race. Rushes with hesitation rather than cutting it loose. Play strength could benefit from greater bend and leverage at the point of attack. Doesn’t utilize length and an effective punch as often as he could. Stays wired to blocks for too long.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

NFL Comparison

Quanterus Smith

Bottom Line

Weatherly has the size and overall length to intrigue NFL teams as a developmental prospect, but he will need additional work to become a more competitive pass rusher off the edge. If he can add functional strength while maintaining his closing burst, he may have a role as a backup strong­side OLB in a 3­-4 with a shot at competing as an eventual starter.
-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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