NAME: T.J. Brunson
SCHOOL: South Carolina
JERSEY: No. 6
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 230 lbs
PROS: Decent athlete with solid range. Doesn’t back down from blockers despite lack of great size. Physical mentality that needs further cultivation. Could be a potential third down matchup piece depending how he tests. Tenacious blitzer.
CONS: Exceptionally slow processor who doesn’t trust his keys or play downhill. Not an explosive mover. Takes several steps to get to top speed. Can’t work off of blocks. N.C. State’s outside zone scheme had him lost. Consistently stuck at the second level and reached easily by blockers.
Blew two coverages (Missouri and N.C. State) due to falling dramatically for play fakes. Chases backfield motion and easily manipulated out of position. Needs to wrap up better. Overpursues in space and misses stops as a result. Smaller linebacker, not sure he has the frame to add a lot more weight.