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2016 NFL DRAFT

Jeff Luc, ILB

School: Cincinnati  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Port St. Lucie, FL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 251 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
263137-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.602.661.56- -08'10"4.567.30

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Built like a Sherman tank with a compact, heavily-muscled frame that stood out even amongst the best-built players at the Senior Bowl. Quick to read run, attacking would-be blockers with a physical pop to disengage and make plays in the hole. Physical enough to potentially play inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Possesses 32" arms, which help him keep blockers from latching onto him. Shows some lateral quickness and flexibility to slip by blockers, surprising opponents gearing up for collisions. Has a short area burst to close, exploding into ball-carriers with enough force to knock the ball free (six forced fumbles in 2014) and shows excellent strength and hand-eye coordination to rip the ball free. Improved awareness in coverage in 2014. Took his game to another level as a senior, providing evidence that his best football may still be ahead of him.

WEAKNESSES: Strictly a two-down run-stuffer at the next level. Possesses less-than-ideal fluidity and straight-line speed for coverage responsibilities, perhaps in part because of his muscle-bound frame, which leaves him a stiff and lacking change of direction skills. Lacks the preferred speed to the perimeter and is too often beaten to the edge by backs. Only one season of impressive production at the collegiate level.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Graded by recruiting experts as the top inside linebacker prospect in 2010, Luc (pronounced LUKE) was recruited by virtually every school in the country, ultimately signing with Florida State. Luc saw action in eight games as a true freshman but felt that he wasn't getting enough of an opportunity for extended playing time after his sophomore season and ultimately transferred to Cincinnati, leaving the Seminoles with 23 tackles, including three tackles for loss in 19 career games.

After sitting out the mandatory transfer year in 2012, Luc initially struggled to make a significant impact with the Bearcats, recording "just" 43 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss while playing in all 13 games. The light went on for Luc a year later, however, as he exploded for 134 stops, including 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks to cap his collegiate career, earning an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl.

Sporting a heavily-muscled frame, Luc might be the most imposing inside linebacker in the country. His powerful build and aggressive nature make him an ideal run-stuffing presence in the middle. Scouts worry that Luc lacks the lateral agility and speed, however, to handle coverage duties, making him strictly a two-down defender in the NFL and a likely Day Three selection.

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01/22/2015 - 2015 Senior Bowl, Thursday: Orchard is technically listed as an outside linebacker for the North, which is good because the rest of the unit hasn't been nearly as impressive. Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha, like Orchard, is much better rushing the passer than he is in coverage, where his lack of balance and fluidity are readily apparent. Hayes Pullard tipped a pass in the end zone that resulted in an interception by fellow Trojan Josh Shaw, but other than this, his greatest contribution has been as an explosive downhill hitter in run support.

While full-on tackling is not allowed in practice, Pullard has consistently rocked fullbacks and pulling guards on his way to "tapping" the ball-carrier. This is the area in which Cincinnati's Leff Luc has excelled, as well, though the muscle-bound 6-foot, 263 pounder has struggled moving laterally and may not possess the straight-line speed to beat backs to the edge. Each look like traditional two-down Mike linebackers at the next level and Day Three prospects at that. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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