Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Ben Niemann

Outside linebacker
School: Iowa | Conference: BIG 10
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3 / 235 | 40: 4.78 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.17
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Three-year starter who made 79 tackles (six for loss) with one sack, one interception, two forced fumbles and five pass breakups as a senior. Posted 69 tackles (three for loss), one interception and four PBUs in 2016. Tallied 45 tackles (6.5 for loss), three sacks and two pass breakups as a sophomore.
Pos: 
Aggressive linebacker with an underrated game. Strong, crashes to the outside to defend the run and stands up blockers to set the edge. Forceful up the field on the blitz, displays solid range and gets outside the numbers to make plays in space. Quickly reads and anticipates the action, wraps up tackling and brings ball carriers down in space to finish the play.
Neg: 
Does not display great pursuit speed and shows just an average closing burst. Marginal skill in coverage.
Analysis: 
Niemann is a nice-sized, tough linebacker who would be a fine addition as a backup on the strong side and on coverage units.