E.J. Speed

Tarleton State
LB

Prospect Info

College
Tarleton State
Hometown
Class
TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
227 lbs
33 1/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Indianapolis
Colts
Round 5 ‧ Pick 26

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Speed was a high school quarterback and receiver who started his career at Tarelton on offense. He redshirted in 2013, working at receiver with the scout team. He missed the entire 2014 season due to injury, receiving a medical redshirt, and then moved to defensive end the following spring. In 2015, he played in seven games, posting 16 tackles, two for loss. Lone Star Conference coaches voted him second-team all-conference in 2016, as he contributed 13 tackles for loss and six sacks among his 68 total stops. He also led Division II with five forced fumbles. He played only five games in 2017 due to injury (41 tackles, 8.5 for loss). Speed returned to form in a big way in 2018, racking up 106 stops at linebacker (12.5 for loss, five sacks) to again garner second-team All-LSC honors. He also had one interception in each of his last three seasons.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Overview
Wide receiver turned linebacker with the field demeanor to play with adequate toughness and the range-and-tackle radius to chase and finish in space. Speed's length and cover potential add to his allure and his experience as a core special teams player gives him instant roster credibility.
Strengths
  • Former wide receiver with plus range and play speed
  • Uses speed and 80-inch wingspan to chase and finish runners
  • Finished final season with 106 tackles
  • Good athletic ability in space with plus acceleration
  • Posted 34 tackles for loss and 11 sacks over last 28 games
  • Able to impact run game and passing game
  • Offers cover talent in zone and man
  • Has core special teams experience and traits
Weaknesses
  • Will be a 24-year old rookie
  • Disappointing vertical jump and broad jump in explosion testing
  • Underdeveloped upper body and muscle in his arms
  • Will need time to get his body built up to NFL standards
  • Level of competition was below par
  • Maturity issues could be a concern

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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