Jonathan Ledbetter

Georgia
DE
DL44

Prospect Info

College
Georgia
Hometown
Class
Tucker, GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
280 lbs
34 1/2”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.27
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.14
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
26.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
108.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Ledbetter came into Athens with high expectations, a four-star recruit ranked in the top 10 defensive tackles nationally. After contributing as a reserve in seven games (four tackles) as a true freshman, he was suspended for the first six games of the 2016 season for multiple alcohol-related arrests (fake ID, found passed out in car) in the off-season. Ledbetter had 24 tackles, 2.5 for loss, in seven games (four starts) when returning to the field. He really started showing his skills in 2017 as an 11-game starter, making 38 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 15 games played for the SEC champs. He was a second-team all-conference pick as a senior, starting 13 of 14 games played and recording 56 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and one sack. Jonathan's brother, Joseph played tight end for Georgia.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Jeremiah Ledbetter
Overview
Clear-cut "tweener" lacking the quickness and rush of a defensive end and the mass of an interior tackle. Ledbetter has an ability to win with skill, technique and effort over traits and twitch, but that will become much more challenging on the next level unless he continues to get bigger and stronger. He doesn't offer rush value, but he plays hard and does his job. He should find work as a blue-collar backup defensive lineman with some flexibility between DE and DT, depending on scheme.
Strengths
  • Feels pressure on his edge and snaps hips to sink
  • Above-average anchor for his size
  • Operates with well-timed punch to stick and separate
  • Slams into pulling guards, allowing linebackers to flow unimpeded
  • Relentless motor with ability to recover from early deficit in the rep
  • Balances through contact and maintain gap integrity
  • Uses punch to arm-over for his quick wins
  • Good read-and-react from two-gap technique
  • Chests up as tackler and has a high finishing rate
  • Generates imbalance in pass sets with plus hand-fighting and upper-body strength
Weaknesses
  • In-between size makes finding a fit more challenging
  • Movement more gradual than sudden
  • Very little career sack production
  • Lacks upfield charge to threaten
  • Face-up rushing style easy to find and punch for tackles
  • Unable to hit quick counters to work from edge to edge
  • Doesn't have get-off for effective penetration in gaps
  • Needs to be quicker and more decisive with block shed on NFL level
  • Play becomes stiff-legged through block engagements

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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