2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE Rashad Weaver

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After logging 47 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks in 2018, Pittsburgh EDGE Rashad Weaver missed the entire 2019 season with a knee injury. Picking up where he left off, Weaver collected 34 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks in nine games in 2020. Weaver is a long and powerful defensive end that has upside in the NFL as both a 5-technique in a 3-4 defense or as a base end in a 4-3 defense. As a pass rusher, Weaver has sufficient rush variety and his length is a major asset. With that said, he lacks burst and flexibility and he’s a slow-burn rusher, which limits his ceiling at the next level. As a run defender, Weaver is a good processor and is capable of squeezing gaps. He would benefit from adding functional strength to hold up better against drive blocks and he has to be more careful committing to inside gaps and being more mindful of his modest flexibility and lateral mobility to avoid getting cornered by the ball-carrier on outside runs. Perhaps another year removed from the knee injury will reveal a more dynamic athletic profile, but Weavers projects as a rotational defender in the NFL. 

Ideal Role: Rotational defensive end.

Scheme Fit: 4-3 base end, 5-technique in odd fronts.

Written by Joe Marino 

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Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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