Justin Rice
Linebacker from Arkansas State 2021 Draft Profile
Justin Rice
Height
6-2
Weight
225 lbs
College
Arkansas State
Position
LB
Class
Senior
Home town
Modesto CA
56/100
Player Rating
76
PositionRank
4.82
FortyYD Time
Sacks
7
Fumbles Forced
Tackles
76
Sol tackles
57

Justin Rice LB Arkansas State Draft Profile

Strengths
  • A bit stiff but makes the clean open-field tackle. Good effort in pursuit.
  • Good key and diagnosis skills. Quickly locates the ball and shows no wasted motion in getting there. At least adequate lateral agility to avoid blockers and shows good vision and anticipation.
  • Intelligent player who can play "MIKE" linebacker despite his lack of size because of his instincts and ability to find the ball in traffic.
  • An aggressive run defender, filling run lanes hard, and won't shy from contact. Plays with violence to fight off blocks, flashing a physical nature. An intense, powerful hitter who willingly gives up his body.
Weaknesses
  • One-speed player, lacking dynamic qualities and doesn't look natural in reverse. Lacks the fluidity to be consistent dropping against the pass with unpolished cover skills.
  • Can be too hesitant when he doesn't find the ball immediately.
  • Lacks functional strength to shed and take on blocks at the point of attack.
  • Lacks the strength to blow up fullbacks and bulk/length to prevent getting engulfed by better linemen at the second level.
  • Saught looking into the backfield occasionally instead of getting to the receiver in the flat. Leaves his feet at times while tackling, and NFL backs will take advantage of that.

How other scouting services rate Justin Rice (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
563.0
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
70.0