Te'Von Coney

Notre Dame
LB11

Prospect Info

College
Notre Dame
Hometown
Class
FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
234 lbs
32 7/8”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.53
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

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The former top 15 linebacker recruit nationally was a two-time all-state pick at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He contributed as a true freshman (13 tackles) but ran into an off-field issue the following summer with an arrest for marijuana possession while hanging out with teammates. Coney earned a starting spot the following fall in nine of 12 games played, making 62 tackles, 1.5 for loss. Coney, a philosophy major, led the Irish with 116 tackles in 2017, 13 going for losses and three sacks. He started all 13 games for the Irish in 2018, garnering Associated Press third-team All-American honors by leading the team with 123 tackles and posting 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception, and four pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Craig Robertson
Overview
Coney is an average athlete with average size but shows an impressive resilience to stay alive and make tackles, even when he looks like he might be blocked. He's consistent as a square-up, wrap-up tackler, but teams might want to see him play with more juice as a disruptor willing to take a few more downhill chances. If he runs well and adds some beef, Coney could project as an average starter at a two-down, inside linebacker spot.
Strengths
  • Athletic frame has room for additional muscle and overall mass
  • Shows feel for ball carrier's intentions as interior runner
  • Active hands and long arms allow him to stack and separate from linebackers
  • Can play over top of climbing blockers with hand useage or under them with some edge strength
  • Works quickly to his run fits and keeps pads square to the line when scraping
  • Good transition quickness from taking on blocker to becoming tackler
  • Maintains vision on ball carrier despite the traffic between them
  • Comes to balance as downhill tackler and operates with plus form
  • Sees what he hits and uses his length for optimal tackle finishing
  • Scouts question his long speed, but he appears to have adequate short-area burst for his position
Weaknesses
  • Average change-of-direction quickness on the move
  • Willing to gear the motor down at times when play is flowing away from him
  • Comes in hot and gets too easily sidestepped by his targets on receiver screens to perimeter
  • Occasionally loses gap leverage when trying to elude blockers
  • Allows linemen to climb up to him rather than working downhill to control where battle is fought
  • Instincts and response time to misdirection and counters is very average
  • Faces limitations in man coverage
  • Struggled in that area in 2017
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