Off Ball LB – #2 Baylor
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: La Porte (La Porte, TX)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8438)
Phil Steele: PS#115
Terrel Bernard Scouting Report
Good speed. Excellent burst when he needs to work back into the play. Strong lateral quickness. Quick feet. Moves quickly laterally. Average upper body strength. Nothing too special. Wraps up extremely well. Delivers a powerful hit. Consistently makes the tackle when in position.
Struggles to work through traffic, but angles are average for the NFL anyways. Excellent blitz timing. Does a great job coming in from depth. Doesn’t work off of blocks well, won’t be a good pass rusher if he is engaged.
Flashes very strong man coverage ability. Great recovery off of the break. Get’s good positioning to take away throws. Baylor preferred him in man against tight ends, which he covered well inside and on the boundary. Likes to stay physical but can get too handsy at times. Needs to get better depth when dropping into zone coverage. Bernard plays too heavily to the run. Wants to get downhill more than anything. Bernard is oftentimes a step late. When he can get there to clean up a play, though, he’s dangerous. Recognizes concepts fairly well, certainly puts some work in the film room. Natural instincts are about average.
What we want to see from Terrel Bernard in Mobile
- How well does Terrel Bernard stay with athletic tight ends? We saw a lot of potential against Iowa State working against Charlie Kolar, but the biggest issue with his game is his lack of feel and depth in zone coverage. We want to see how well he plays in drills against more athletic tight ends and if he can maintain his positioning through the rep.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Terrel Bernard isn’t nearly as effective in zone coverage as he is in man, but the issue with his projection will be that fact combined with his lack of size. Big, athletic tight ends will be a mismatch. If he can impress teams enough to think that he can stay with tight ends, he will be a great three down fit in a heavy man coverage scheme with a 4-3 front. We’re not exactly sold on that.
We like Bernard as a fifth/seventh-round projection. He has tools that are good and will be effective in very select heavy-man scheme 4-3 fronts, but we think he’s realistically a third linebacker on the field when the nickel isn’t playing himself.