Jason’s Early 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Boise State OLB Leighton Vander Esch

Basics:

Name- Leighton Vander Esch
Position- OLB
College- Boise State
Jersey Number- 38
Class- Junior

Measurements:

Height- 6’4
Weight- 240 lbs

Pros:

Has great size
A good cover LB
A hard hitter
A run stuffer
A tough nosed player
Has good instincts
A tackling machine
Put up good INT numbers
Does a good job of breaking up passes
Is a defensive play maker
A difference maker on defense
Has a non stop motor
Is in on every play
Does not give up on many plays
Very physical
Did a good job of bringing the ball carrier down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Cons:

Not known as a big sack guy
Does not have the best speed but that does not hurt his game

Career Stats:

Games Played: 31, Tackles: 176, Tackles For Loss: 10.0, Sacks: 4.0, Interceptions: 4, Pass Breakup: 5, Forced Fumbles: 3, Fumbles Recovered: 1