Drue Tranquill

Notre Dame

Prospect Info

College
Notre Dame
Hometown
Class
IN
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
234 lbs
31 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.33
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers
Round 4 ‧ Pick 28
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40 Yard Dash
4.57u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
31
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.94
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.14
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.64
Seconds
 

Playlist

Tranquill, a two-time Irish captain from Fort Wayne, became the heart and soul of the 2018 College Football Playoff participants. He started 12 of 13 contests, posting 86 stops, nine for loss, 3.5 sacks, and four pass breakups. He started all 25 games in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, though he moved from safety to linebacker in-between. As a junior, he racked up 85 tackles, 10.5 for loss, an interception, and three pass breakups one year after making an impact in the secondary (79 tackles, two for loss, one INT, two PBU). His first two seasons, however, prematurely ended due to injury. As a true freshman, he started 3 of 11 games (33 tackles, INT) before suffering a torn left ACL. The following year, Tranquill returned to play in the season's first three games (nine tackles, 2.5 for loss, two PBU) but tore his right ACL in a celebration following a game-ending pass breakup against Georgia Tech.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Mike Hull
Overview
Tranquill is a strong, tough football player who loves to play the game. What evaluators are going to see is a player who has below-average size, recovery athleticism, and man cover skills. He Might not get much bigger so he needs to gain the attention of general managers with explosive testing and then prove he can shine as a special teamer in order to secure a roster spot and make a living as a backup linebacker.
Strengths
  • Aggressive, physical mindset made transition from safety to linebacker much easier
  • Beach-body build with strong base and low center of gravity
  • Plays assignment-based football and is effective doing dirty work as run blitzer
  • Revs up motor from the first snap to the last and rarely lets off the gas
  • Improved ability to elude and work around head-on blocks
  • Stalks running backs with good patience and desired leverage to sideline
  • Uses strong hands and powerful upper body to jam and redirect tight ends headed into routes
  • Experienced and productive in kick and punt coverage
Weaknesses
  • Frame looks maxed out
  • Doesn't have the athletic traits to consistently recover from missteps
  • Stat sheets filled with too many missed tackles over last couple of seasons
  • Fearless taking on climbing blockers but lacks mass to hold his ground
  • Lacks speed and length to prevent runners from outpacing his pursuit to the corner
  • Man coverage more inconsistent than expected for a former safety
  • Slow to turn and find football and allows tight ends to separate from him out of breaks
  • Two separate ACL tears (each knee) will certainly draw attention from medical staffs
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league