NAME: Drue Tranquill
SCHOOL: Notre Dame
CLASS: RS Senior
JERSEY: No. 23
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 233 lbs
PROS: Clearly limited, but physicality and toughness will never be questioned. Non-stop motor and makes plays on effort a lot of other players wouldn’t consider. Chases hard to the boundary and arrives with a vengeance. Physical football player who will bring the fight to blockers. When at SAM, sets a strong edge and will body tight ends a yard or two deep.
Always on the hunt. Smart linebacker who stays assignment sound at all times. Does his job, and knows the importance of gap control. Won’t over-pursue as backside defender and leave cutback option. Good tackler when he can square the runner up. Uses his hands well to take on blocks. Effective blitzer who has flashes rush moves off the edge. IQ to play in zone coverage.
High-character, two-time captain at Notre Dame. Tore his ACL in back-to-back seasons, but battled back to return to the field for a healthy 2017 season.
CONS: Average at best overall athlete. Lacks the twitch and instincts to play downhill consistently. Slow-starter and limited in his range. Has flashed some zone coverage ability, but lacks the movement skills to be able to play over even flexed tight ends in the slot. Gave up too much separation to quicker backs even on simple flat routes. Added muscle to play linebacker seems to have taken some of his fluidity with it.
Lack of length and size is an issue at times. Blockers that can match his technique overpower him at the second level. Can struggle to shed cleanly when his opponent arrives with equal purpose. Not a quick enough processor to consistently beat blockers to spots. Can struggle to bring runners down outside his frame to a lack of elite tackle radius.
Older player who has two significant injuries in his past. Based on his tape, fair to wonder if the torn ACLs have zapped some of his athleticism.