Christian Sam – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Christian Sam

ILB

Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
ILB Arizona State 2 JR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'2 237 N/A 6'1 244 31 1/2 10

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.75 32 9'6 28 7.03 4.25

Overview:

Sam finished his career at Arizona State, where he played in 40 career games, had 242 tackles, 17.0 for loss, 7.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 7 pass breakups, and 3 forced fumbles. He has good size, he has good speed, and he was a tackling machine. He is a tough nosed player, and has good instincts. He gets good pressure on the quarterback, and is a good pass rusher. He is a good cover linebacker, and a hard hitter. He is also a defensive play maker, and a difference maker on defense. On the other hand, he is not known as a big sack guy, he has issues with fast backs, and quarterbacks at times, and while he has good speed, he does not have elite linebacker speed, but that does not hurt his game. With that said, I view Sam as a day 3 pick when it is all said and done.

Strengths:

Has good size

Has good speed

Tackling machine

Very experienced

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

A tough nosed player

Has good instincts

Gets good pressure on the QB

Is a good pass rusher

A good cover LB

A defensive play maker

A difference maker on defense

A hard hitter

Did a good job of breaking up passes

Did a good job of bringing the ball carrier down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Weaknesses:

Not known as a big sack guy

Has issues with fast backs and QBs at times

While he has good speed he does not have elite LB speed

Career Stats:

Games Played: 40

Tackles: 242

Tackles For Loss: 17.0

Sacks: 7.0

Interceptions: 3

Pass Breakups: 7

Forced Fumbles: 3