What does everyone think about Eric Weddle?
I've never seen him play. But NFL Draft Countdown has us taking him in the 2nd round in their mock. From his scouting report there, he sounds like someone who would be very nice. I love high motor guys who perform in college, even if they don't win the underwear Olympics. Playmaking ability can't be graded at the Combine. And the fact that he can play cornerback (like Woodson) and was their punt returner is interesting insofar as it shows a degree of athleticism there that is hard to gage.
Anyhow, I was reading the Senior Bowl practice reports
and it sounds like Eric Weddle is making an impression there from that one reviewer:
One of the most impressive defensive backs on the field was definitely Eric Weddle of Utah, who was intense, showed some leadership qualities and made a number of nice plays versus the run that drew positive notice from the coaches. Say what you want about him but Weddle is simply a football player and the type of guy who will help some team one way or another."
If I was going to single out the day's top performers the names that would immediately come to mind are Daymeion Hughes, James Marten, Scott Chandler, Jay Moore, and Eric Weddle but something tells me others are going to emerge as the week progresses.
I don't know if it is the case that one scout fell in love with a player and is seeing what he wants to see or if anyone here has seen him play and comment on him or offer different perspectives on him.
Safety | Senior | Utah
Eric Weddle Height: 6-0 | Weight: 200 | 40-Time: 4.50
A playmaker with excellent ball skills...Has great instincts...Tough, aggressive and a good tackler...Is always around the action...A high character player who will be an asset on and off the field...Smart and a hard worker with a great motor...Was very productive and a game changer at the college level...Will be a great special teamer and also returned punts for the Utes...Versatile with experience at both safety and cornerback with the potential to play either position at the pro level.
A CB / S 'tweener who might not have a true position...An overachiever who gets the most out of his ability but isn't particularly big or fast...Will have a much more difficult time in coverage than he did in college...As a safety he won't be a great fit in coverage or in the box...Probably won't contribute as a return man in the pros.
Special education major who is very active in the community...The type who won't impress you with his physical tools but just gets the job done between the lines and is a true football player...Underrated prospect whose grade will be affected by a lack of measurables but he will end up making teams regret passing on him. Career Statistics Year GP TKL PBU INT YDS 2003 12 60 4 3 0 2004 11 75 5 4 34 2005 12 78 12 4 34 2006 13 64 2 7 80 Totals 48 277 23 18 148