Drafted: ROUND: 1 - Pick Number: 27 (JAX)
Draft Profile: BioDevin Lloyd was a high school stand-out who played safety, receiver, and punter at Otay Ranch High School. As a senior team captain, he had 52 tackles, eight interceptions, three pass breakups, and three defensive touchdowns (1 FR, 2 IR), as well as 29 receptions for 493 yards and six touchdowns. As a result, he was rated as a three-star safety recruit and opted for Utah over UNLV, Colorado State, and San Jose State.
Lloyd didn't get much playing time under his belt until his sophomore season, where he won the starting job at rover linebacker and led the Utes in tackles with 91 he also added 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks an interception, 2 pass deflections, and a defensive touchdown. He received an honorable All-Pac-12 mention at season's end.
Covid cut short the 2020 season and Utah only played five games but Lloyd still managed to put up good numbers. He ranked eighth in the FBS in solo tackles per game (6.6), second in the FBS in tackles for loss per game (2.0), and fifth in the Pac-12 in total tackles per game (9.6). - this led to a Pac-12 All-Conference first-team selection, Sporting News All-America second-team selection, and a Phil Steele All-America honorable mention.
Lloyd's junior year in 2021 was his best yet, he ranked third in the Pac-12 with 110 tackles on the season, including a league-leading 22 TFL, he also had eight sacks that led all Pac-12 linebackers, had four interceptions (two for touchdowns), six PBUs, two hurries, and a fumble recovery. He also had an impressive rating in coverage limiting receivers to a 55.3 QB rating when targetted. Notably, Lloyd was the only Power Five linebacker with multiple pick-sixes during the 2021 season.
He received a spot on the 2021 All-America First Team (Associated Press, CBS Sports, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, Reese’s Senior Bowl, Sporting News, Walter Camp) as well as being a Butkus Award Finalist.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Lloyd is a tall athletic linebacker with great range and a lean build - looks like he was born to play the position. Showcases very good speed to patrol all areas of the field
- Really excellent lateral movement patrols the whole field with high football IQ
- Has become a complete pass rusher - in 2021 recorded 8 sacks, 7 QB hits, and 16 hurries
- He’s a super-smart, instinctive player whose game intelligence is the best on the field - a real quick thinker.
- Has a good burst and can close on the ball carrier in a hurry.
- Keeps feet moving after initial contact. Jumps inside as a counter to typical rush, but needs to show a larger variety of moves.
- Greet feel in coverage who can cover like a corner (originally scouted as a safety). Often arrives at the receiver at the same time as the ball. Possesses straight-line speed to stay with or chase down receivers in man.
- Tougher between the tackles than many expect. Fluid and quickly drops into zone coverage. Hovers enough ground to be Tampa-2 "MIKE" and knows where the markers are.
- Ferocious against the run and very good in coverage is extremely versatile. Despite his build, he holds up well in traffic and makes a lot of plays by engaging a block, shedding, and pursuing.
- He will always try to plow into the largest piles and has a good knack of ending up glued to the ball carrier.
- He can line up at MIKE, outside, rush on the edge, and over the slot if pushed.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Lacks pop and strength to anchor, though. Most effective, when uncovered inside and chasing stretch, plays to the sideline
- To be a dominant edge rusher in the pros he will get a little stronger and add bulk to his frame
- He can be too aggressive and will overrun his lane, although has the speed to recover.
- While he has good athletic skills he's not off the charts and will never be a physical dominator at the next level - will have to rely on smarts and technique
Scouting Report: SummaryDevin Lloyd has pretty much everything scouts look for in a pro-ready weakside linebacker - he's fast, a hard hitter, who wraps well, and has become an excellent pass rusher on the edge, he also possesses truly elite coverage skills. Lloyd isn't perfect, however, although not far off - he's a little undersized and could be overwhelmed by tackles at the next level if he doesn't improve his size and strength.
We expect Lloyd to become a very good pro - the extent to which he will become either a good pro or an elite one will be dependent on whether he can add weight without sacrificing speed.
We consider Lloyd to be one of the top LBs in this year's class a will likely hear his name called in the middle of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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