Trey DePriest, ILB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Springfield, OH
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 254 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

A four-star linebacker recruit out of high school, DePriest escaped the clutches of the in-state Buckeyes and signed with Alabama, serving as a reserve player as a true freshman in 2011.

He replaced Dont'a Hightower as the starting MIKE linebacker in 2012 as a sophomore, recording 59 tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss. DePriest started all 13 games at MIKE in 2013 and posted 65 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and the only two sacks of his career, earning Second Team All-SEC honors. With C.J. Mosley off to the NFL, DePriest saw added snaps in 2014 as a senior, starting 13 games at MIKE and finishing with 88 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss, earning First Team All-SEC honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part and thoroughly built from head-to-toe with a thick bubble and stocky bulk...attacks the line of scrimmage with the body type to take the punishment...agile footwork in small areas to work around bodies...strong wrap tackler with a low strike zone, bringing his legs and throwing his weight through the target...seeks out violence and doesn't avoid contact with a high threshold for pain - doesn't play passive and sets the tempo...good depth in his drops with alert eyes and a nose for the ball...three-year starter as the MIKE in Alabama's 3-4 scheme (38 starts and 237 total tackles in his career).

WEAKNESSES: Ordinary range and play speed and not an explosive player...tightly wound with stiff change of direction skills to recover after false steps...limitations in coverage - late getting to the flat to cover the RB and struggles to play over the tight end...lacks the hand strength or technique to take on blocks and quickly disengage, struggling at the point of attack to easily shed...doesn't anticipate blocks and too easily taken away at the second level, struggling to avoid blocks in space.

Inconsistent ball awareness in coverage, attacking the wrong man in zone reads and lacking the fluidity to hold up...too many missed tackles and plays where he is a step late...doesn't have the versatility to play multiple linebacker spots...several suspensions on his resume for violating team rules (2013) and an undisclosed NCAA infraction that forced him to sit out the 2014 season opener - maturity and accountability need vetted...medical reports on his left knee are crucial.

SUMMARY: DePriest saw his snaps and production rise each season in Tuscaloosa, adding new responsibilities each year as the starting MIKE for Nick Saban the past three seasons. He is at his best attacking the line of scrimmage, avoiding or working off blocks in the hole and attacking the ballcarrier with forceful collisions.

DePriest is a physically tough player with the size to get into the boxing ring, but his character and versatility aren't ideal situations. He doesn't have NFL suddenness, agility or speed to handle coverage responsibilities, but he's a hammer in search of a nail who could potentially stick on a roster as a reserve 3-4 inside linebacker and special teams player.

--Dane Brugler

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08/13/2014 - Other Alabama prospects worth watching: ILB Trey DePriest, Senior...DePriest will be looked upon to take over as the leader of Alabama's linebacker corps with Mosley now in Baltimore. The two-year starter is coming off a career-high 65 tackle (including 7.5 for loss) junior season and could see a significant uptick in numbers this season. DePriest is a classic 3-4 inside linebacker at his best attacking the line of scrimmage, shedding blockers in the hole and knocking down backs with forceful collisions. He possesses just average agility and speed for coverage responsibilities and therefore projects as a Day Three selection. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


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