Leighton Vander Esch – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Leighton Vander Esch



Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
OLB Boise State 38 JR

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

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'4 240 N/A 6'4 256 33 7/8 9 3/4

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

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.65 39.5 10'4 20 6.88 4.15


Vander Esch finished his career at Boise State, where he played in 31 career games, had 176 tackles, 10.0 for loss, and 4.0 sacks. He also had 4 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovered. He has great size, is a tackling machine, a hard hitter, a run stuffer, and a good cover linebacker. He also has good instincts, is a defensive play maker, and a difference maker on defense. He is also very physical. On the other hand, he is not known as a big sack guy, and he does not have the best speed, but that does not hurt his game. With that said, I see Vander Esch being an mid-late 1st round pick, to early 2nd round pick when it is all said and done.


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 jobof 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 great job of bringing the ball carrier down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss


Not known as a big sack guy

Does not have great 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 Breakups: 5

Forced Fumbles: 3

Fumbles Recovered: 1