Draft Profile: BioSteve Linton from Dublin High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Linton joined Syracuse.
In 2019 as a freshman Linton saw action in just 2 games and played a total of 8 snaps for the Orange. He recorded just one tackle, one assist, while adding no stops.
As a sophomore for the Orange in 2020 Linton played in 8 games and took part in 280 snaps for the Orange. He recorded 13 tackles, one assist, while adding 7 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 16 total pressures, and 13 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and no sacks during the year.
In 2021 as a junior Linton played in 6 games and contributed on 63 snaps. He recorded just 4 tackles, no assists while making 5 stops.
In 2022 as a senior Linton logged playing time in 11 games and logged a total of 297 snaps for the Orange. He also added 14 tackles, 6 assists, and 14 stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 16 total pressures, which included 10 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and 4 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- His closing burst is outstanding, and Linton routinely finished plays last year. Linton has range and toughness as a run defender, capable of dropping anchor to set the edge and showing the acceleration to chase down the backside in pursuit.
- He’s best right now against the run, playing with a low pad level despite his relatively tall frame, and he has the violent hands to win at the point of attack.
- He 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.
- While he has the flexibility to dip and bend under tackles, what makes him truly dangerous is his ability to counter.
- He can also win going speed-to-power, with the leg drive to push blockers back.
- Accelerates rapidly and has a great feel for angles. Linton isn’t huge, but he packs a pop.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Size will be a problem. Linton doesn’t have much in the way of take-on skills, struggling to shed once blockers get into his body due to short arms and a relative lack of upper-body strength.
- Lacks functional strength in the pass rush, struggling to disengage and too easily pushed past the pocket.
- Linton lacks the ability to drop weight and anchor against the run, getting manhandled at the point of attack.
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