Photo of Austin Calitro
Grade
5.31 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 240LBS. Weight

Overview

Playing with one of the top prospects outside of the FBS in defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon helped Calitro get noticed for his talents, as well. After biding his time as a reserve for two-plus seasons (11 tackles as a redshirt freshman), the former all-state pick from Connecticut got into the starting line-up at the end of his 2014 season (33 tackles, 2.5 for loss). Calitro was ready for prime-time as a junior, earning third-team All-CAA notice by leading the Wildcats with 90 tackles (11.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks) and three forced fumbles. League coaches named him first-team all-conference this fall (86 tackles, 12 for loss, 3.5 sacks, four pass breakups.)

Analysis

Strengths

Highly instinctive with a strong sense for the running back's track. Quick to recognize misdirection and can be found waiting on cutback runs. Peripheral vision and feel help him avoid blocks from an angle. Strong, active hands help swipe away block attempts. Good play strength in his lower half and plays with good contact balance. Willing to step into the hole and mix it up with lead blockers. Heavy hitter who explodes into his intended targets. Tackles with fundamentals. Aware in coverage and allows quarterback's eyes to take him to the play. Finished with seven passes defensed as a two-year starter.

Weaknesses

Below average athleticism. Plays with some tightness in his hips that becomes more obvious when he's forced to turn and run in coverage. Agility is average. Lacks desired play speed to range from sideline to sideline as an interior linebacker. Will have a limited margin for error when chasing running backs to the perimeter.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

NFL Comparison

Josh Mauga

Bottom Line

Possesses a compact frame and plays with a good motor and above average instincts that allow him to make up for some of his speed and athletic deficiencies. He is a likely inside linebacker, but he might offer some value as a 4-3 SAM linebacker. Calitro is a solid football player who finds his way to the football and his intelligence, work ethic and instincts give him a shot of becoming a quality NFL backup.
-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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