Weight: 265 lbs
2019 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year
2019 Ted Hendricks Award Finalist
2019 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist
Three-year starter for Boise State University. Consensus three-star recruiting prospect out of high school. In this scouting report, we’ll breakdown his mechanics and evaluate his future as an EDGE rusher in the NFL.
What I Like:
Pass Rush Effort
This effort from Curtis Weaver is what stands out on Sundays. He displays an excellent effort to elude the tackle quickly and pressure the quarterback to make a quick throw. His ability to get his hands up to bat down the pass, as well as his hand-to-eye coordination to catch and secure this ball are outstanding.
What I Dislike:
Rush Instincts Off The Edge
I’ve watched this play over and over again, and despite doing so, I’m still unsure of what Curtis Weaver’s plan was here. Weaver is able to get by the tackle and has the advantage off the edge to pressure the quarterback. However, he cuts back inside and loses his advantage. Had Weaver stayed outside, the corner would have had a shot at collapsing the pocket, too.
Where I’ve Seen Improvement:
High Motor and Penetration
Curtis Weaver isn’t able to tackle the quarterback on this play, but it’s still a strong effort from him. The penetration that he’s able to get off the line is key as he fights through the trenches. The sack would have been great for the stat line, but the effort on this play is what matters.
Has solid height and adequate weight for the EDGE position. Displays solid use of hands at the line of scrimmage to shed blocks quickly. Has a solid bend to get around offensive tackles along the edge. Displays good effort to fight through double-teams and disrupt the pocket. Shows to have solid agility off the edge to disrupt the pocket and pressure the quarterback. Has solid reach to disrupt the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage. Displays a solid motor. Shows to have a good ability to get hands up off the edge to disrupt passes. Has a solid closing rate to break on the ball in zone coverage. Displays a solid ability to cut in front of routes along the sidelines.
Has adequate explosiveness and acceleration. Has a marginal ability to tackle ball carrier at the point of attack. Displays an adequate ability to leverage the gap and break on the ball. Shows to have an adequate ability to leverage blocks in the run game to give the back limited space to work in. Displays an adequate ability to get penetration inside the tackles from the defensive end position. Shows to be a stiff runner in coverage and struggles to stay within range of target in flats and along the sidelines. Displays a marginal ability to tackle in the open field.
2020 NFL Draft Projection
Late-First to Mid-Second Round
I have Curtis Weaver as a fringe-first round prospect at this point in the process. I do believe that positional drills, where he’ll be asked to change directions quickly to show off abilities in coverage, will hurt him. Curtis Weaver has a high motor when he’s able to penetrate the pocket, but I’d like to see him play with more consistency on all downs. My guess is that Curtis Weaver ends up as a defensive end, but could play outside linebacker in certain schemes.