Fred Warner

BYU
OLB

Prospect Info

College
BYU
Hometown
Class
San Marcos, CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
236 lbs
32”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.64
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
San Francisco
49ers
Round 3 ‧ Pick 6
40 Yard Dash
4.64
Seconds
 
Bench Press
21
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
38.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.9
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.77
Seconds
 
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Cougars coaches locked up Fred, a four-star recruit from southern California, in the 2014 recruiting class and then his brother, Troy, came to Provo two years later. Both started for BYU in 2016 and 2017. Fred earning first-team All-Independent status in 2016 with 86 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). As a senior, Warner started all 13 games, leading the Cougars with 87 tackles, nine for loss, along with one interception and five pass breakups. Warner stepped into the starting role as a sophomore in 12 of 13 games played, making 67 tackles, 11.5 for loss, four sacks, and four fumble recoveries. Warner played as a true freshman, racking up 24 tackles and returning an interception for a pick six despite playing in only 10 games (no starts).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Warner's future success could largely depend on who takes him and how they use him. While most will view him as an outside linebacker, Warner moves around like a big safety. With his instincts and cover skills in space, finding a hybrid role in sub-packages might be where he is best utilized. Warner's size, speed and workout at the Combine may play into his draft value more heavily than many other prospects. Warner should find immediate work as a backup who can help on special teams.
Strengths
  • Size and experience as slot defender gives him some hybrid appeal
  • Possesses good length and fluid hips
  • Moves like a safety but plays near the line
  • Solid athletic ability
  • Change of direction comes fairly easy for him in space
  • Gets good production check marks over the last three years
  • Recovered five fumbles and grabbed six interceptions in that time frame
  • Team captain and active tackler
  • Plays with plus instincts
  • Quick to diagnose and trigger downhill for TFLs
  • Extremely responsive to quarterback's eyes in space
  • Gets early jump on receivers when he sees it
  • Adequate closing burst to the ball
Weaknesses
  • Takes inconsistent angles to the ball that can turn him into an arm tackler
  • Tackle consistency may be a concern on next level
  • Unclear what his best positional fit is
  • Scheme allowed him to play off the line and keep plays in front of him
  • Picks and chooses when to thump
  • Will need to add play strength if he gets moved into a standard linebacker role
  • Will click motor off and coast at times when he's on the back side of the play

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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