#35 Joe Bachie
High School: Berea (Brook Park, Ohio)
Accolades: 2019 3rd Team All-Big Ten. 2018 1st Team All-Big Ten. Voted 2017 Team MVP (Governor’s Award). 2017 3rd Team All-Big Ten.
3 Cone: 6.93
20 Shtl: 4.34
Scouting Report: LB Joe Bachie, Michigan State
Speed/Athleticism: Joe Bachie is by no means an athlete. He doesn’t move well on the field and removes himself from the play for his lack of speed and athleticism. He is quick off of the snap and goes from zero-to-sixty rather quickly. Shows some explosive tendencies, but will never be a true sideline-to-sideline player. Testing at the combine was average. 11/20.
Strength/Power: I thought Bachie showed impressive strength and power, especially for his frame. It’s clear that he is a bit undersized, but he works through blocks well with upper body strength and delivers powerful hits. He’s a strong dude, there is no denying that. 12/15.
Tackling/Pursuit: I’m concerned a little bit about his ability to pursue the tackle. Don’t get me wrong, even with the hike in the numbers from a mistake standpoint (10 missed tackles in 2018 through 13 games, 10 through 2019 through 8 games), I am not concerned with his ability to tackle. I’m worried about how he is going to get himself there in the NFL. Because of his lack of athleticism, sometimes he just can’t get to a spot in time to make the play. He will under pursue things hoping to get there faster. It doesn’t work. 15/20.
Coverage Ability: Bachie’s coverage ability is poor. Oftentimes doesn’t drop deep enough and will instead creep toward the line of scrimmage. His lack of athleticism will prevent him from making much of an impact down the field against tight ends or running backs. When assigned to man coverage, he was better simply for his understanding of passing concepts. 10/20.
Pass Rush Ability: Bachie has the ability to time his blitz well, that is one thing that he has going in his favor. His ability to flow through the chaos during a blitz is outstanding. However, when he is locked in 1v1 with a lineman, he struggles to get off the block mostly due to his lack of size. 6/10.
Football IQ/Instincts: Joe Bachie actually showed impressive football IQ and his instincts are remarkable. His mental game is what has allowed him to be an impact for three seasons at Michigan State. Bachie breaks on routes, not the quarterback’s windup, anticipating where the receiver will go. Flows with the play, isn’t caught often moving away from the ball. 8/10.
Leadership/Personality: Failed a PED test in 2019, missed final five games as a result. Mixes well with a locker room, was best friends with Kenny Willekes. I don’t think that he will be a problem in a locker room. 4/5.
Joe Bachie shows promise as a box defender in the NFL, but that’s about it. He’s just not athletic enough to do most of the things that the league would want him to do. Bachie is incredibly smart and moves with the play pretty well. That being said, he can’t be asked to cover often, nor can he be relied upon as more than a half-field defender. I think Bachie brings promise as a late day three guy, but his upside is severely limited by his lack of athleticism.
Injury Rating: (+2)
Ceiling Rating: (+1)