Rankings

Player Display Name: 
James Hearns

Outside linebacker
School: Louisville | Conference: ACC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2.5 / 239 | 40: 4.89 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.27
Projected Round
7th
Bio: 
Two-year starter who made 42 tackles (13.5 for loss), tied for the team lead with seven sacks and posted a team-high four forced fumbles as a senior. Led the Cardinals with eight sacks in 2016 and made 42 tackles (10 for loss) while forcing a team-high five fumbles. Made a full recovery after being shot near campus in December 2016. Played two games as a freshman in 2013 before suffering a season-ending injury and redshirting.
Pos: 
Solid pass-rushing defensive end who projects to outside linebacker at the next level. Gives effort, plays with a nasty attitude and works hard. Bends his knees, works his hands and shows terrific quickness. Easily changes direction, slides down the line of scrimmage in pursuit of the action and can bend off the edge. Displays solid edge speed and ability in pursuit.
Neg: 
Possesses more of a short burst than long speed. Rarely used in space and was allowed to pin his ears back and rush up the field.
Analysis: 
Hearns was good in his role as a pass rusher but was never really used in space or in coverage. He offers potential as a pass rusher standing over tackle and comes with upside but must learn to make plays in reverse.