Off Ball LB – #1 Texas A&M
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: St. Johns (Washington, DC)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9341)
Phil Steele: PS#35
Aaron Hansford Scouting Report
Very good speed for the position. Quick and agile. Explosive off the snap. Lateral quickness is subpar. Slow to change direction. Lacks a lot of upper body strength. Doesn’t show great tackling ability. Doesn’t wrap up consistently, tries instead to use the sideline and his hit power. Very rarely do you see him bring a ball carrier to the ground on his own.
Doesn’t work through traffic too well. Struggles to locate the runner. Not particularly adept at timing his rushes. Flashes a little shoulder dip to have some decent bend, but struggles to work through blocks for the most part. I don’t think Hansford is a great space defender. Contains fairly well, but doesn’t collapse on his contain nearly as well.
Has the ability to stay with lower-tier athletic tight ends. A little bit too handsy at the top of the break. Fairly competent in zone coverage. Reacts well in the zone and to the threats that enter. Reads the quarterback very well. Struggles to recognize concepts. Instincts aren’t great, but they flash at times. Tends to cheat up too far at times. Has taken two medical redshirts.
What we want to see from Aaron Hansford in Mobile
- The reason that Aaron Hansford is in Mobile is because of what he has displayed in pass coverage. Linebackers that can cover tight ends and running backs out of the backfield are at a premium in the NFL because of the way that the game has evolved. We want to see how well he can cover higher-tier athletic tight ends and just how effective he can be in man coverage.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
The biggest issue with Aaron Hansford’s game, in my opinion, is his lack of strength as a tackler. He really struggles to make tackles at times and doesn’t often take ball carriers to the ground. There’s not much that Hansford can do about that in this all-star setting, but he can solidify what we think he can do well – pass coverage. If he can show that he’s reactive enough to be effective in man coverage, which we think he will be, his stock will bolster.
Our projection on Hansford is as a fourth/fifth-round prospect. His lack of tackling ability will cause him to drop, but his coverage will be valuable in almost any system.