PROS: Physicality, urgency and intensity all shine on tape. Throwback linebacker that thrives as a downhill thumper and excels as a blitzer attacking interior gaps. Excels playing into the line of scrimmage and defending the run. Explodes into contact and is a dynamic blitzer. Explosive hitter and is a tone-setting presence. Pursuit effort is outstanding. Knows how to take on blocks with his hands, leverage his hips and disengage. Highly productive four-year starter.
CONS: Rigid mover with tight hips and sluggish lateral mobility. Range is limited and he struggles to make an impact outside the b-gaps. Pursuit angles are poorly calculated and he often underestimates. Coverage upside does not inspire and he needs to blitz on passing downs to be effective. Too many missed tackles and he struggles to come to balance and square up at times.
BEST TRAIT - Physicality
WORST TRAIT - Range
RED FLAGS - None
Miami linebacker Shaq Quarterman was a productive four-year starter for the Hurricanes and a two-time team captain. A throwback linebacker, Quarterman excels attacking downhill and plugging gaps against the run. He is physical, urgent and is truly a second-level enforcer. With that said, Quarterman's lack of range, fluidity and athleticism present considerable restrictions as a run defender and in coverage. Quarterman has upside on early downs and has some value blitzing on passing downs. He’s best suited to play 3-4 inside linebacker and contribute on special teams.