Photo of Calvin Munson
Grade
4.95 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 245LBS. Weight

Overview

Coming out of St. Charles, Missouri's Francis Howell High School, Munson had the choice of playing college football or going into minor league baseball as a 31st-round pick of the home-state Cardinals. He chose to follow his father's footsteps in football (Kurt was a defensive lineman at Oregon State). After playing 11 games as a reserve as a true freshman (four tackles), Munson entered the starting lineup with a bang. He was the team's Defensive Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-Mountain West pick with 83 tackles, 10.5 for loss, four sacks and four interceptions (one touchdown). His production increased as a junior, and he garnered first-team all-conference honors as a result (98 tackles, 15 for loss, 9.5 sacks, two INTs, two forced fumbles). Munson repeated those accolades in 2016, leading the team with 116 stops, 11 for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Physical, hard-charging linebacker. Plays the game downhill and with purpose. Good motor and good aggression. Works to sink under climbing offensive linemen while playing square to the line. Willing to stand his ground and challenge lead blockers with some force. Plays with his hands. Can punch and release to play off of blocks and make tackles. Tackles with heavy pads. Very productive as a starter. Showed coverage talent on special teams early in his career.

Weaknesses

Straight-liner with limited lateral acceleration in pursuit. Struggles to redirect his weight and is susceptible to missed tackles in space. No finesse or wiggle in his approach as a blitzer. Runs head-first into blockers rather than trying to slip past their edge. Stiff in coverage and lacks the agility for extended man coverage. Production was a little over-inflated due to amount of run blitzing he was involved in. Instincts look iffy. Will run to spots rather than locating the ball and improvising his path.

Draft Projection

PFA

Sources Tell Us

"He's a better athlete than people think. I actually think he will test out okay. He's no more than a backup but he does have special teams ability which could help him stick." - AFC western region scout

Bottom Line

Teams will like his aggressiveness and his ability to stand his ground and bump in the box, but he lacks range as a tackler and can be mismatched in coverage.
-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

Comments