Sterling Weatherford

Sterling Weatherford

Measurements
  • Height
    6035
  • Hand
    8 5/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    230lbs
  • Arm
    31 3/8
  • Speed
LB Combine Averages
  • Height
    6011
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    34
  • Weight
    238lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.69
Sales Pinckney - Scout
Sterling Weatherford
  • Overall Rank
    146
  • Position Rank
    14
  • Position
    LB
  • Age
    23.4 Years
  • Team
    MIAMI-OH

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Yds/Cov Snap
2018 12 27 2 25.0% 0.16
2019 14 98 5.5 10.0% 0.32
2020 3 18 1 40.0% 1.73
2021 12 66 2 9.1% 0.66

Build

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

Sterling Weatherford has adequate size and length for the linebacker position. He has a lean build with good muscle definition, and plenty of room to add on weight throughout his entire frame. He has no reported injury history.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    8
Grade 6.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Displays adequate toughness in his play style and is not afraid to directly engage blockers. He possesses limited instincts for the position, in part due to having played as a deep safety in college. Flashes a high motor but has tendency to give up on plays before the whistle.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    5
Grade 5.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Weatherford displays adequate explosion and downhill acceleration after he plants his foot and drives. Adequate play speed gives him sufficient sideline-to-sideline range. Possesses adequate overall body control and average change of direction ability. He is prone to coming in too hot and off balance to make a play, which can result in missed tackles. His overall flexibility in his lower body is adequate and he flashes good bend but needs to do so more consistently at the next level. Play strength is limited and he struggles to disengage from physical opponents in the run game.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 5.7

Technical

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

Shows adequate communication before the snap and during the play. Struggles to navigate through the trash up near the line of scrimmage and gets tangled up. Has limited block shedding ability due to his merely adequate strength and struggles to disengage quickly enough to make a play. He takes average pursuit angles and has a habit of missing tackles due to over pursue. Displays adequate physicality and hip explosion for power at the point of contact. He exhibits the traits to be an adequate coverage linebacker and should be able to transition smoothly as he was more comfortable as an underneath defender than as a deep safety in zone. He has the size and athleticism to match up against both tight ends and running backs, but he will struggle against quicker opponents due to his lateral mobility. Does not have much experience as a blitzer but flashes good hand use in his limited reps, and more experience should increase his viability in that role.

  • Hip Explosiveness
    5
  • Closing Speed
    6
  • Block Shed
    4
  • Pursuit Angles
    5
  • Physicality
    6
  • Cover Ability
    6
  • Productivity
    6
  • Leadership
    6
Grade 5.5

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?
Sterling Weatherford appeared in 41 career games, making 30 starts as a safety. He spent most of his snaps aligned as a high safety. He would also line up in the box or directly over in-line tight ends as dictated by the offensive formation. His size and athletic profile project better to playing linebacker than safety at the next level, where he will be a serviceable backup option. He fits best as sub-package coverage linebacker and special teams contributor. He lacks the instincts and strength to be an effective run stuffer as a linebacker and will need time to develop. Spending more time in the position and adding functional strength will be critical for his overall career path.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Cincinnati
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Displayed coverage ability and physicality against the best opponent on the schedule
  • iconWorst Game
  • VS Minnesota
  • Sep - 11 - 2021
  • Struggled to disengage and missed several tackles
Best Trait
Coverage Ability
Pro Comparison
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