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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Review - LB Cedric Gray


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Player Description



Name: Cedric Gray

School: North Carolina

Position: Linebacker

Class: Junior

Height: 6'2

Weight: 234 lbs

Draft Projection: Early Day 2 to Late Day 3

 

Strengths:


  • Quick-twitched athlete

  • Ideal frame and physicality

  • Highly-versatile defender

  • Instinctive - good nose for the ball

  • High volume tackler

  • Ubiquitous on the field

  • Excellent range and closing speed

  • Excels in supporting the run

  • Acceleration makes him an asset in both supporting the run and coverage

  • Allows the play to unfold before making his move

  • Able use his speed to make plays in the backfield

 

Weaknesses:


The biggest concern with Gray is his ability to shed blocks. In these situations, Gray has problems separating from opposing blockers to make plays. In relation to this, Gray's overall play strength is questionable and will need to considerably improve when facing offensive linemen climbing the second level.


Gray's overall pursuit angles are problematic and often lead to missed tackles. Though he is generally productive in this area, he has missed out on opportunities to make plays in these instances. As a pass rusher, Gray has made some improvements, but overall, he lacks the requisite skills to be effective in this area.


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