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2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Demarvion Overshown (LB – Texas)

2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Demarvion Overshown (LB – Texas)

As the NFL season winds down, FantasyPros will be taking a look at early NFL draft scouting reports before the combine in March. Here’s a look at Demarvion Overshown.

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2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Demarvion Overshown (LB – Texas)

Demarvion Overshown (LB – Texas)

6’4” – 224 lbs.

Background:

Four-star recruit who originally played safety in high school and at Texas, but converted to linebacker early on. Barely played in 2018, then took 253 snaps the following year and posted 18-7.0-2.0 before stepping into a full-time starting role. Went 60-8.0-1.0 in 2020, 74-5.5-2.0 in 2021, and then 96-10.0-4.0 in 2022, having added five breakups as well.

Positives:

Three-year starter with escalating production. Tall, lanky linebacker who has played all over the place: safety, weakside linebacker, middle linebacker, inside linebacker, in that order. Physical temperament is what teams look for in the position; can help set the tone with his energy. Plays the game with patience, avoiding too many false steps. Pretty good quickness and flexibility to work around blockers. Has the length to lock out opponents. Explosive athlete who gets up to speed in a hurry and can fly around the field; able to pursue out to the sidelines. Looks like a homing missile when he has a clear path to the ball; outstanding burst to close. Keeps the play in front of him when working in zone, getting sufficient depth with his drops and demonstrating controlled footwork on his backpedal.

Negatives:

Consistency has been an issue over the course of his career. Will need to add additional functional strength to play linebacker in the pros; converted safety and it shows. Gets washed out easily when taking on blocks between the tackles; can be overpowered by tight ends. Contact balance is below average; doesn’t always have a base under him. Cleaned up his tackling this past year but missed over 20% of attempts in each of the three previous seasons; too many arm tackles. A little bit of gather in his transitions to driving on a spot. Probably not a true safety in the NFL; will probably have to make it as a linebacker or end on special teams.

Summary:
A big, long-limbed Rover type who closes as quick as can be for a linebacker prospect, but whose lack of functional strength and reliability as a tackler causes him to struggle against the run at times. If he can add additional bulk/strength without losing the athleticism that gives him so much range as a defender, could be a versatile sub-package player or potentially even a starter. For one of the highly-regarded linebacker prospects in the class, represents a relatively risky choice with considerable upside.

Projection: Round 4

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