Genard Avery

Memphis
ILB

Prospect Info

College
Memphis
Hometown
Class
Grenada, MS
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
248 lbs
31”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.42
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cleveland
Browns
Round 5 ‧ Pick 13
40 Yard Dash
4.59
Seconds
 
Bench Press
26
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
124.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.9
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.36
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Avery worked with former NFL All-Pro defensive lineman before his senior season; his coaches and NFL scouts noticed the improvement in his game. He started all 13 games for the Tigers in 2017, garnering first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors with 80 tackles, 22 for loss (which ranked in the top ten of the FBS), 8.5 sacks, two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He started all 13 games as a junior, as well, leading his team with 11 tackles for loss (81 total) and five sacks, while forcing two fumbles and returning both of his interceptions for touchdowns. Avery started seven of 11 games played in 2015, making 53 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and three sacks. The all-state high school football player from Mississippi actually led Memphis with five sacks as a true freshman, playing in all 13 games with one start.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Elandon Roberts
Overview
Avery is a big, athletic linebacker with a history of production whether he's playing inside or outside linebacker. While he's a little tight-hipped, his movement in the open field is generally unencumbered. Avery offers versatility and teams may choose to build on some of the rush talent he showed this season, but his best spot appears to be as a 4-3 strong-side linebacker with plus special teams ability.
Strengths
  • State champion powerlifter
  • Lower body built like a tank
  • Well-balanced through contact with plus body control
  • Consistency of production across the board is impressive
  • Can scrap and scramble to win second half of the rep and find his work
  • Flashes straight-line burst to close as rusher and in ball pursuit
  • Plays with better sink and flow in space than anticipated
  • Worked on pass rush moves before 2017 with former All-Pro defensive end Chuck Smith
  • Hands are active early as rusher to force the tackle's hand (literally)
  • Uses strong, well-timed slap to dislodge blocker's outside hand
  • Has experience as inside linebacker
  • Able to play over tight ends and has special teams value
  • Tested off the charts with 4.59 forty, 36" vertical leap and 6.90 three-cone
Weaknesses
  • Hand usage needs work at point of attack
  • Tries to work around blockers rather than punching and controlling
  • Drops eyes when engaging blockers and will lose track of the football
  • Instincts and diagnosis from inside linebacker is below average
  • Tardy starter in flows to perimeter gets him caught behind blocks
  • Pass rush is tight-hipped around the edge
  • Will need more work creating rush plan if playing on the edge
  • Defaults to arm tackles
  • Will gather feet into contact, at times, rather than bringing his full force to the ball carrier
Sources Tell Us

"I think he's really interesting as a prospect because of his size and his versatility. I wanted him to be a better pass rusher that he actually was on tape, but we can work with it. I'm sure our (special) teams coach is going to love him." -- NFC defensive assistant

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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