James Hearns – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

James Hearns

OLB

Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
OLB Louisville 99 SR

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

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'2 249 4.74 6'2 239 32 1/2 9 3/8

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

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.89 DNP DNP 22 DNP DNP

Overview:

Hearns finished his career at Louisville, where he played in 41 career games, he had 101 tackles, 28.0 for loss, 17.5 sacks, 5 pass breakups, 9 forced fumbles, and 2 fumbles recovered. He has good size, he has good speed, and a tackling machine. He is a tough nosed player, and has good instincts. He is a defensive play maker, and a difference maker on defense. He is a very relentless defender, and a ferocious defender. He gets good pressure on the quarterback, and is a good pass rusher. He is also a good cover linebacker, he is a hard hitter, and he uses his speed to get through the offensive line in pursuit of the ball carrier. On the other hand, he has some issues with bigger offensive lineman at times, and he missed all but 2 games in 2013 due to an injury. With that said, I see Hearns being a day 3 pick when it is all said and done.

Strengths:

Has good size

Has good speed

Tackling machine

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

A tough nosed player

Has good instincts

A defensive play maker

A difference maker on defense

Has put up good sack numbers

Is a good pass rusher

Gets good pressure on the QB

A relentless defender

A ferocious defender

A good cover LB

A hard hitter

Uses his speed to get through the offensive line in pursuit of the QB

Does a good job of bringing the QB and backs down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Weaknesses:

Has some issues with bigger offensive lineman at times

Missed all but 2 games in 2013 due to an injury

Career Stats:

Games Played: 41

Tackles: 101

Tackles For Loss: 28.0

Sacks: 17.5

Pass Breakups: 5

Forced Fumbles: 9

Fumbles Recovered: 2