Evan Weaver is a player that has gotten better each season at California. In 2019, Weaver earned Associate Press First Team All American honors. Weaver was also first team All-PAC-12 after he led the country with 182 tackles in his 13 starts. The only thing to determine is to figure out where Weaver land on draft weekend.
The best characteristic of Weaver’s game is his ability to read opposing offenses and not get fooled by misdirection and eye candy. Weaver makes good use of his hands in helping him to defeat blocks. I like that Weaver can make plays in the passing game and using his instincts to cover the tight ends and wide receivers. Weaver has a high motor and he does not allow blocks to knock him off his pursuit of the ball carrier.
The main area that Weaver needs to focus on improving is his speed. Weaver is not fast enough to catch opposing offensive linemen off guard when he comes on the blitz. Weaver does not have the build of an NFL linebacker, so getting stronger and improving his speed will be what teams will want out of the former Cal Bear.
Weaver plays hard and keeps his motor going. I have Weaver going in the late fourth round. Weaver is a talented, instinctive player, but the lack of speed will likely have an impact on his draft stock.