Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Jerome Baker

Outside linebacker
School: Ohio State | Conference: BIG 10
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1 / 234 | 40: 4.53 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.89
Projected Round
2-3
Bio: 
Two-year starter who earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in each of those seasons. Led the Buckeyes with 72 tackles (eight for loss) and added 3.5 sacks and three pass breakups as a junior. Recorded 83 tackles (9.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and two interceptions in 2016.
Pos: 
Explosive, athletic linebacker with an unpolished game. Breaks down well, fires up the field and displays good instincts against the run. Shows burst and good quickness and speed moving in every direction of the field. Effective in pursuit, covers a lot of area and wraps up tackling. Breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself. Does a terrific job making plays in space.
Neg: 
Late to react in coverage and does too much trailing of opponents when the ball is in the air. Undersized and smothered by blocks.
Analysis: 
Baker is a terrific athlete who shows great range and the ability to make plays in every area of the field. He’s best defending the run and struggles in coverage situations, which makes a move to inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment likely. He comes with tremendous upside, but Baker must elevate every aspect of his game to meet expectations.