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Indiana
ILB

Prospect Info

College
Indiana
Hometown
Class
Cincinnati, OH
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
230 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
8 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.63
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.77
Seconds
 
Bench Press
27
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
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Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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The Ohio Associated Press Division 1 Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior (102 tackles, 13 sacks, two interceptions) wasn't as highly-recruited as you'd think because he didn't, well, tip the scales (listed at 6-foot, 206 pounds). He's proven to be an outstanding player for Indiana, however, earning Freshman All-American honors and the Hoosiers' Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2014 with 46 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and two sacks in 12 games. Scales excelled as a reserve again in 2015 (64 tackles, 5.5 for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups), finished the year with eight stops against Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl. In his first year as a starter, the athletic and instinctual linebacker was a team captain and MVP, was named second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and second-team All-Big Ten by league media. He led the country with 23.5 tackles for loss (seven sacks), as well as 93 solos, and topped the Big Ten with 126 total stops. Scales was the Foster Farm Bowls MVP that year after making 10 tackles, three for loss, and two sacks against Utah. He finished his career with a second-team All-Big Ten senior campaign. Scales' 12.5 tackles for loss paced the squad, and his six sacks tied for the team lead. He finished with 89 total stops and contributed two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
Brandon Marshall
Overview
Highly instinctive linebacker who combines a keen sense of play direction with a feel for the optimal angles to fill up the stat sheet. Scales may lack desired size and speed, but his 36 tackles for loss and 13 sacks over the last two seasons should give an indication of his playmaking ability. Evaluators may hem and haw over where to take him, but he has the football intelligence, motor and skill to continue finding tackles as an eventual NFL starter at inside linebacker or as a 4-3 SAM.
Strengths
  • Elite instincts keep him near the action and racking up tackles
  • Keys play direction instantly and gets early jumps to rendezvous point
  • Vocal leader
  • Can step downhill without getting trapped in the trash
  • Limits run lane depth by challenging climbing linemen early in rep
  • Looks for the action and doesn't wait for it
  • Uses shoulder turn and hand quickness to help play around and under blocks
  • Punches and separates from blocks and rarely gets glued for long
  • Possesses high-end football intelligence
  • Has innate feel for running back's cuts
  • Takes quality angles to the play and is able to adjust them around traffic
  • Decent cover skills in space
  • Gives strong redirect to routes
  • Finished career with eight interceptions
  • Plus coverage teams talent
Weaknesses
  • Undersized as an interior linebacker and frame may be maxed out
  • Struggles to maintain gap leverage while taking on lead blockers
  • At times, will widen running lane when side-stepping blocks
  • Will need to get better at striking and shedding at point of attack
  • Finds himself sliding off tackle attempts when diving rather than running through targets and wrapping up
  • Scouts question his pursuit speed and closing burst
  • Plays with some delay in acceleration when changing direction
  • Needs to be careful about voiding backside contain when flowing wide

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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