Jake Venables
Jake Venables  LB  Clemson | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Jake Venables
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Clemson, SC
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Jake Venables LB Clemson | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Jake Venables LB Clemson
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #569 Position Rank: #78 (LB)
40 time: 4.58 seconds
Height: 6-2 Weight: 235
Overall Rating: 63.0 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #78
College Games: 30 College Snaps: 571
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (77/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #378 Pos Rank: #54 State Rank: #14
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (88.22/100 )
Ovr Rank: #455 Pos Rank: #29
Draft Profile: Bio
Jake Venables from D W Daniel High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Venables joined Clemson.

In 2018 as a freshman Venables saw action in just 2 games and played a total of 6 snaps at Linebacker for the Tigers. He recorded no tackles, one assist, while adding no stops.

As a sophomore for the Tigers in 2019 Venables played in 14 games and took part in 217 snaps for the Tigers. He recorded 26 tackles, 6 assists, while adding 25 stops. In coverage Venables made no pass breakups, no interceptions, and QB rating when targetted of 91.7.

In 2020 as a junior Venables played in 9 games and contributed on 318 snaps. He recorded 17 tackles, 6 assists while making 14 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 9 total pressures, which included 5 QB hurries, one QB hit, and 3 sacks on the year.

In 2021 as a senior Venables logged playing time in 5 games and logged a total of 30 snaps for the Tigers. He also added just 3 tackles, one assist, and 2 stops.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Cover skills, in both man and zone, as well as his speed, quickness, and agility, are very good. Fearless, relentless, and fast. Covers a lot of ground on the field.
  • Will stiff-arm linemen to stay free on some plays. Athletic enough to stay with running backs out of the backfield and knock receivers off crossing routes.
  • He’s an explosive mover who plays an aggressive, physical style. He’s extremely instinctive playing the run, and when Venables was at his best he showed sideline-to-sideline range.
  • Combines very good instincts with above-average reaction skills. Almost always finds the ball in traffic.
  • Along with great instincts, he’s an explosive mover. Venables can disrupt plays in the backfield due to his ability to read and react quickly.
  • Uses his low center of gravity to flash leverage and strong, violent hands to create space and shed to either side. Also spins off blocks to disengage.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Venables is on the small side, and his frame is pretty much maxed out. Despite his effort and intensity, he’ll simply get swallowed up at times.
  • Needs work on angles and· finding receivers in zone. Does not possess elite quickness. Fails to break down at times, grabbing shoulder pads and lunging to allow ballcarriers to elude him.
  • Possesses below-average instincts for the linebacker position. Leaves more plays on the field than Venables makes.
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