Aaron Hansford

Aaron Hansford

Measurements
  • Height
    6021
  • Hand
    10 1/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    239lbs
  • Arm
    32 3/8
  • Speed
LB Combine Averages
  • Height
    6011
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    34
  • Weight
    238lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.69
Sales Pinckney - Scout
Aaron Hansford
  • Overall Rank
    202
  • Position Rank
    19
  • Position
    LB
  • Age
    24.3 Years
  • Team
    TEXAS A&M

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Yds/Cov Snap
2019 13 15 3 26.4% 0.7
2020 9 46 7 22.2% 1.17
2021 12 89 8.5 9.9% 0.62

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Aaron Hansford possesses above the line height and length for the position. He has a lean and muscular build, but he has maxed out his frame's potential. Missed most of the 2016 season and the entire 2018 season due to injury.

  • Size
    7
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

He displays toughness in his play style, and is not afraid of contact or taking on larger opponents in the hole. His overall instincts are limited due to his relative inexperience at the position, and his play play recognition can be thrown off by eye candy and play action. Plays with an adequate motor in pursuit, but has flashed a tendency to let up on plays he feels are out of his range.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    4
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Hansford displays above the line sideline to sideline range and the ability to beat backs to the outside if he has a clean read and route to the edge. Has adequate explosiveness and acceleration, but can come in out of control rather than with his feet under him. Flashes good change of direction when under control, but shows slightly stiff hips and average lower body flexibility overall.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 5.8

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Displays average ability to form tackle and roll his hips when form tackling head on. Shows the ability to stack blockers in the hole with physicality and flashes the ability to duck blockers entirely, but lacks the ability to disengage in order to make the tackle when taking them on. Often takes bad angles to the ball carrier and takes himself out of the play as a result. When he does have a good approach he displays above the line closing speed. Showcases good range in zone coverage, but lacks route recognition and overall instincts. Has the size and physicality to matchup with TEs in man coverage, but can be exposed against RBs due to his inconsistent change of direction. Has adequate blitzing ability with speed but does not use his hands very well and can be swallowed up by lineman in pass protection.

  • Hip Explosiveness
    5
  • Closing Speed
    7
  • Block Shed
    4
  • Pursuit Angles
    4
  • Physicality
    6
  • Cover Ability
    5
  • Productivity
    6
  • Leadership
    6
Grade 5.4

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Aaron Hansford began his career as a wide receiver at Texas A&M before switching to linebacker prior to the 2019 season. He played in 9 games as a receiver before the switch, and appeared in 34 games with 21 starts after the switch. Projects best as a two-down backup MIKE or depth level backer that is removed in favor of better coverage or pass rushing options in passing situations. His inability to shed blocks consistently and his struggles with change of direction wil limit his ability to contribute in a significant role on the defense. He possesses the long speed and toughness to be a contributor on coverage and return units, and he will need to perform in that role to stick on NFL rosters.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Colorado
  • Sep - 11 - 2021
  • Season low production, relatively low motor and bad pursuit angles
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Mississippi St
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • Limited receivers in the middle of the field, season high tackles
Best Trait
Closing Speed
Pro Comparison
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