There is always going to be a premium on players that can rush the passer and that is the greatest strength for one of the top outside linebacker recruits in the nation, Michael Divinity.
His 40 time might not be blazing, but his film says SEC speed to me and he is a coveted prospect by several of the top programs in the top conference in college football.
I’m not sure what is current weight is at, but he looks to have added some good muscle since his junior year and should be able to add quite a bit more. He didn’t test out great at an Opening regional camp, but he looks to have some twitch and good speed. He shows fluidity and loose hips.
Divinity lines up primarily on the edge for his high school and makes a ton of plays in the backfield because he is often unblocked. He closes in a hurry. When he does rush the passer and he is picked up, he shows the ability to dip and bend. He wins with speed and isn’t forced to use his hands to finish right now, but can convert speed to power.
He shows the ability to play man coverage and can really flip his hips and go. I didn’t get to see him play in zone so I can’t really add any insight in that respect.
He will use his length well to get off take on and disengage from blocks. He needs to develop more shock in his hands to not let blockers to get to his chest, but the intention and the technique is there if he can get stronger. He is a very good pursuit player that can make plays from the backside.
There is very limited film of him as an off the ball player.
I’m not sure about him as an off the ball linebacker and how instinctive he would be in that role, but he might actually be a great Sam that can line up on the ball or walk out on a slot occasionally. He does show great potential as a rush linebacker in a 3-4.
Even though he is undersized, he does have the athletic traits that suggest he could end up developing into a dynamic pass rusher. He’s an intriguing player that athletically could fit into several roles in a defense. I think he can develop into a high level starter in the right scheme.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)