Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Matt Oplinger

Inside LineBacker
School: Yale | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2.5 / 250 | 40: 4.75 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.21
Projected Round
FA
Pos: 
Athletic linebacker who makes plays up the field and in lateral pursuit. Quick, breaks down well and fires through gaps to defend the run. Moves well and plays to his athletic numbers. Gives effort, shows good change of direction and flows well laterally. Sells out on the blitz and sacrifices his body to defend the run. Relatively instinctive and does not bite on ball fakes.
Neg: 
Primarily used in the box or up the field. Inefficient when asked to play in reverse. Must use his hands better to protect himself. Lacks bulk and easily gets sealed by blocks.
Analysis: 
Oplinger comes off a terrific senior campaign and is now on the radar in the scouting community. He’s a nickel linebacker who needs to polish his game but comes with a special-teams mentality.