Keishawn Bierria

Washington
ILB

Prospect Info

College
Washington
Hometown
Class
Carson, CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
230 lbs
31 1/8”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

4.95
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Denver
Broncos
Round 6 ‧ Pick 43
40 Yard Dash
4.79
Seconds
 
Bench Press
21
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.26
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Bierria knows that nothing comes easy. He lost his father to cancer as a young man (they share a birthday), and recently has had to watch his mother battle leukemia. She's been successful in that fight, and she has watched her son play for the Huskies since his redshirt freshman season. The first-team all-state and all-city pick from the Los Angeles area (Carson) played in every game in 2014, starting four (35 tackles, three for loss, sack). Bierria progressed as a sophomore, started 12 of 13 games played and starring with 15 tackles in the team's final two games (77 total for the year, 7.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks). His missile-like closing speed, aggressive nature (70 stops, five for loss, two forced fumbles), and knack for being around the ball (led the FBS with five fumble recoveries) led Pac-12 coaches to vote him second-team all-conference in 2016.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
NFL Comparison
Hayes Pullard
Overview
Bierria is a smart, try-hard linebacker with a solid resume from a successful program, but he lacks the athletic traits and playmaking talent that teams covet from early round linebackers. Bierria's work ethic and leadership are plusses in his favor, but he may end up as a career backup inside linebacker who will need to perform well on special teams to secure his roster spot.
Strengths
  • Has been a consistent performer in all three years as a starter
  • Plays with desired urgency and effort on every snap
  • Patient and smart
  • Spots his keys and slides into position to find ball carrier on interior runs
  • Generally quick to diagnose and trigger
  • Plays as fast as he needs to
  • Recognizes climbing guards and will hit accelerator to climb over them and stay in the play
  • Does a good job of righting the ship and changing course when fooled by misdirection
  • Able to pass off and collect receivers seamlessly in zone coverage
  • Cited by scouts for his leadership qualities
Weaknesses
  • Very average athlete with hips and feet that are a little sticky
  • Lack of top-end speed and reactive athleticism creates a much smaller margin for error
  • Will miss tackles when forced to try and make them from challenging angles
  • Gives an honest effort in pursuit, but gets beat around the corner by runners when it's purely speed vs
  • speed
  • More reactive than attacking in his play
  • Will struggle to leverage his gap against NFL lead blockers
  • Upright in space leading to slower transitions that lack acceleration

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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