Baltimore Ravens scouting reports: Curtis Weaver an underrated edge
Boise State’s Curtis Weaver is one of the most accomplished pass rushers in the 2020 NFL Draft, making him a day two target for the Baltimore Ravens.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Mountain West Conference’s all-time sack leader, Curtis Weaver. Weaver was wildly productive in his time in Boise, Idaho, and is one of the most accomplished pass-rushers of the 2010s. With Weaver, you have yourself a two-time First-Team All-MWC player, as well as the MWC’s Defensive Player of the Year. The man is accomplished both in accolades and numbers.
Naturally, NFL teams have taken notice and he looks like a possible top-50 selection for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
Watching Curtis Weaver was a treat. He’s a strong man with a mentality of “I’m better than you are.” Weaver is an alpha-dog and I think he’ll translate his successes to the next level.
Notable stats for Curtis Weaver (full stats here) 2017-2019:
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- Mountain West Conference all-time sack leader with 34 sacks
- 47.5 career TFLs
- Minimum 9.5 sacks each year
- Ultra-productive in three seasons with the Broncos
- Stoutly built edge at 6’2″ 265-lbs.
- Experience lining up on either side of the line; comfortable in a two-point stance
- Get-up-and-go is solid; good burst to beat tackles off the line
- Outside rush is elite; forces tackles off their spot and by then has already beaten them
- Heavy hands to keep his chest clean; technician with his hands
- Keeps his eyes in the backfield; reads the quarterbacks eyes and locates the ball
- Once he gets to you, you can expect to be hit hard
- Shorter arms at just 32 3/8″; will longer tackles be able to neutralize his rush?
- Pursuit speed leaves some to be desired; seemingly gives up on plays if the ball is out of play for him
- Hot and cold motor; no sense of hustle at times
- Very lateral mover; not much bend or twitch to his rush
- Offers next to nothing when asked to drop into coverage; strickly a rush edge
Fit with the Ravens:
It’s simple: the Baltimore Ravens need pass-rushing help and Curtis Weaver would give them just that. Better yet, Weaver could be an immediate starter, not just contributor, for the team opposite Matt Judon.
The production alone speaks for itself, but Weaver is absolutely ferocious off the edge. Weaver converts speed to power and is an absolute nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Weaver’s build is perfect for Baltimore’s 3-4 defense and his experience in a two-point stance makes him even more ideal for the Ravens. Weaver provides great value with one of the team’s second-round picks.
The best part about Curtis Weaver’s game is that his pass-rushing prowess will translate well to the next level. For the Baltimore Ravens, they land themselves an immediate starter who can come in and get five-or-more sacks from day one. This is a great pick for Baltimore in round two if he slips far enough.