2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Clemson LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr
Jeremiah Trotter Jr
Jeremiah Trotter Jr
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- Locates and tackles really well in traffic, as well as out in space
- Fights through traffic and has a tenacity to finish the play
- Does a great job of shedding blocks and targeting the ball
- Strains to diagnose the read-option and play-action correctly
- Can get sucked into the play early, leaving the middle of the field open
- Inconsistent ability to remain locked with the receiver in man coverage
2024 NFL Draft: Jeremiah Trotter Jr Draft Profile and Scouting Report
Jeremiah Trotter Jr burst onto the scene in 2022, following limited-appearances during the 2021 season. Played just 59 snaps in 2021, but was able to tally 15 total tackles and one sack. 2022 was a breakout year for him, racking up 89 total tackles, including 13.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble, as well.
Jeremiah Trotter Jr 40 Time
Projected 40 Time: 4.60 seconds
Jeremiah Trotter Jr is a two-year contributor at linebacker for the Clemson Tigers. He possesses adequate height and solid weight for the position when compared to the league average in the NFL. Our projected 40 time of 4.60 is slightly quicker than average at the linebacker position. His father, Jeremiah Sr., was a 12-year veteran of the NFL and a four-time pro bowl linebacker.
He displays a good ability to plug running lanes up the middle and attack the ball carrier for the tackle. Shows a very good ability to shed blocks at the second-level and attack the ball. Capable of quick processing to recognize the pass and attack the ball with very good angles. He attacks quickly and does a very good job of fighting through traffic to reach the ball carrier. Great job of reading the quarterback as he drops into coverage and remaining aware of where receivers are in his zone. Does a tremendous job at locating the ball carrier in traffic and using his wide tackle range to finish the play. Finally, he’s absolute money at tackling the ball carrier in the open-field.
However, Trotter Jr has a tendency to get sucked into the play-action early. Tendency to miss a blocking lineman at the second-level. Struggles heavily to diagnose runs and attack the ball. He’s inconsistent in his ability to read-option, as he’ll often bite on the fake, leaving the middle of the field wide open. Shows a tendency to rely on grabbing the receiver in man coverage, especially in the redzone.
Jeremiah Trotter Jr is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He played football for head coach Tim Roken. He was a five-star recruit and the 7th player nationally, according to ESPN. He scored a 0.9818 in the 247Sports Composite as a four-star prospect, which is where Rivals had him ranked, too. However, all three platforms had Trotter Jr as a top-five linebacking prospect in the 2021 class.
He was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game, as well as the All-American Bowl. Additionally, he was a PrepStar five-star recruit and was ranked 23rd in the Top 150 Dream Team. Furthermore, he was also a MaxPreps 2020 Preseason First-Team All-American.
Prior to his commitment to Clemson, Trotter Jr had offers from Miami (FL), Michigan State, and Wisconsin, as well as several others. Trotter Jr committed to Clemson in September of 2019, which his letter of intent coming on National Signing Day in December of 2020. Finally, he was an early enrollee in January of 2021.
- 2022 Second-Team All-American (Associated Press)
- 2022 Third-Team All-American (Pro Football Focus)
- 2022 Second-Team All-ACC (Pro Football Focus, College Football Network, and Phil Steele)
2024 LB Rankings
Jeremiah Trotter Jr
LB – Clemson
LB – Ohio State