PROS: First step quickness and stride length pops, enabling him to establish a half man relationship and work to soften the outside edge track. Does well to reduce, tilt, flatten and work around the outside hip of offensive tackles. Generally takes good rush angles and complements his rush with ideal footwork. Hands are active, heavy and he does a great job of keeping his pads clean. He’s slippery when working through gaps and around edges. Can line up in a variety of alignments and win as a pass rusher and run defender. Rushes with a plan, showcasing an expansive array of moves to get home. Executes with good timing. Boise State had him play in a variety of roles including standup 3-4 outside linebacker and had him regularly drop into coverage. He looked comfortable in any role, which speaks to his football IQ. Extremely productive defensive playmaker across three seasons with an outstanding resume of accolades.
CONS: Flexibility and lateral mobility don’t impress and he’s a bit of a linear athlete. Needs development with his ancillary pass rush moves. Needs to be more consistent with pad level and not popping straight up out of his stance. Motor is not consistently cranked. Modest tackler and there are some bad whiffs in space - doesn’t have the ideal twitch to break down and be consistent.
BEST TRAIT - Hands
WORST TRAIT - Twitch
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - Derek Barnett
The 2019 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, Curtis Weaver enjoyed a prolific career as a defensive playmaker for the Broncos. Boise State used him a multitude of ways, highlighting his football IQ and versatility at the college level. With that said, I project him most favorably as a 4-3 base end because I don’t believe he has the dynamic movement skills needed to function regularly in space at the next level. Weaver is a technician. If you are looking for an explosive and fluid defender, then this won’t be your guy. With that said, he’s technically sound, deploys his hands well, has outstanding footwork and is slippery when working through gaps. His frame has room to develop and I can see him really taking a step forward in an NFL strength and conditioning program. He’s a bit of a projection, but Weaver has appealing developmental upside to become a solid starter.