Draft Profile: BioJunior Colson from Ravenwood High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Colson joined Michigan after being heavily recruited.
In 2021 as a freshman Colson saw action in 14 games and played a total of 521 snaps at linebacker for the Wolverines. He recorded 36 tackles, 20 assists, while adding 22 stops. In coverage Colson notched up 2 pass breakups, no interceptions, and QB rating when targetted of 98.5. As a pass rusher, he added 8 total pressures, which included 4 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and one sack on the season.
As a sophomore for the Wolverines in 2022 Colson played in 13 games and took part in 661 snaps for the Wolverines. He recorded decent 56 tackles, 37 assists, while adding 30 stops. In coverage Colson made no pass breakups, no interceptions, and QB rating when targetted of 108.2. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 9 total pressures, and 6 QB hurries, no QB hits, and 3 sacks during the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Colson can be used as a rangy run defender inside, instinctive when it comes to locating the ball with the quickness to get to it before blockers can react at the second level.
- He has an excellent feel for working off blockers and knowing how and when to counter as the play goes on.
- He will always try to plow into the largest piles and has a good knack of ending up glued to the ballcarrier.
- He disrupts plays in the backfield regularly. He also has the agility and pure speed to cover sideline to sideline, moving like a safety and then finishing as a violent and consistent tackler.
- Flashes strength to punch or stiff-arm to get off blocks. Stays with plays downfield, often making tackles even after being hit by multiple linemen.
- Colson shows good speed and closing burst when blitzing.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- As good as Colson is attacking downhill, he can get overaggressive and overrun plays, opening up cutback lanes for counter runs.
- He’s a grab-and-drag tackler and needs to be covered up by his defensive line in order to move freely against the run; he’s cooked if he runs into blockers at the second level.
- Generally an effective openfield tackler but doesn't wrap up consistently. Shows only average awareness in coverage.
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