WT: 265 lbs
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: St. Anthony (Long Beach, CA)
Accolades: 2017 Freshman All-American.
Curtis Weaver Scouting Report
Speed/Athleticism: Curtis Weaver is a fluid athlete and mobile for a man his size. Very explosive as most of his muscle mass is in his legs. Incredibly quick and agile, especially for being 265 pounds.
Burst/Bend: Shows good burst and good bend. His forte is not coming off of the line of scrimmage and creating havoc, rather, it’s being a speed rusher off of the edge and creating opportunities with his quickness. Weaver does an incredible job mixing his opportunities and blending his moves.
Power/Strength: Isn’t nearly as much of a power rusher than he is a speed rusher. Won’t bull rush someone very far, and struggles even to move tight ends.
Finesse/Hand Work: Excellent technician. Uses his hands flawlessly. Mixes his moves incredibly well, staying unpredictable against blockers. Almost unstoppable with his rip move. Mixes well with his speed rush. Works well out of both a seven-tech and a nine-tech.
Tackling/Pursuit: A decent tackler. Nothing to brag or write home about. Weaver misses an awful lot of tackles in space. There are a lot of sacks that Weaver has missed on too, simply from being too aggressive. When he gets his hands on people, he’s a good tackler. You just have to wonder how well he can do that at the next level with all of the tackle opportunities that you see him miss on.
Overall: Curtis Weaver is a very talented athlete, but his role might be more difficult to find at the next level. Weaver is a stand-up 3-4 outside linebacker, a dying breed of players in the NFL. K’Lavon Chaisson entered this draft too, who is better in pass coverage than Weaver. He’s an excellent speed rusher and has honed his craft to be very good at what he does. However, because of his lack of scheme fits, and the tackling issue, he’s probably going to slip out of the first round and could go deep into the second. I think he’s a late first-round prospect, even if he doesn’t get drafted that high.