Leighton Vander Esch – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Leighton Vander Esch

OLB

Basics:

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

Overview:

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.

Strengths:

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

Weaknesses:

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