Ranking the top Stanford and Cal prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft

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3. Evan Weaver, LB — Cal

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Evan Weaver was a tackling machine during his time as a Golden Bear. In fact, his 103 tackles were tied for the most in the nation during the 2019 season. He also had a game (a 35-0 loss against the Utah Utes on October 26, 2019) in which he recorded an astounding 22 solo tackles.

While Weaver isn’t ranked among the top overall linebackers, some experts have projected him to be selected as early as 95th overall. His draft profile is relatively simple.

Weaver is expected to bring top-of-the-line tackling and run-stopping skills to whichever team calls his name. This trait alone should allow him to have a long career as a starting middle linebacker. He could easily develop into a Sean Lee typed NFL player.

His coverage ability is one of his greatest weaknesses, leaving him vulnerable in situations where he is asked to drop into coverage against tight ends and running backs with receiving skills. His pass-rushing numbers were also unexciting during his time at Cal.

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However, his ability to read the defense and relentlessly pursue the ball carrier should allow him to transition smoothly into the NFL and make an immediate impact.

Draft Projection: Early 4th round