LB – #10 Arkansas
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Lovejoy (Lucas,TX)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.8947)
Phil Steele: PS#37
Bumper Pool scouting report
Decent speed. More quick than fast. Very decent athlete. Has a good first step to help him accelerate. Decent upper body strength. Typically controls the tackle through the rep. Not a brute, but considering his length and lack of physique, Pool has some brute strength to his game.
Very tough, physical tackler. Wraps up well. Works well off of blocks to get to the running back in run defense. Consistent tackler – always found around the football. Pursuit angles could be better. Not a great pass rusher. Struggles to work off of blocks at times to make tackles in space.
Has good man coverage ability against running backs. Plays effective zone coverage. Shows good instincts and isn’t too aggressive. Always near the football. Might be one of the most consistent players in the class. Very consistent overall.
What we want to see from Bumper Pool in Los Angeles
- Bumper Pool has flashed some strong coverage ability against running backs, which is nice, but we need to see what he can do against tight ends. If Pool is capable of covering tight ends down field, his NFL stock will dramatically increase. We want to watch him in practice to see how he performs down this stretch.
Pre-Collegiate Bowl projection
Bumper Pool has good size and decent athletic ability to make plays on the field. He is so instinctual and works downhill very well, almost always found near the ball. Pool projects best as a weak side 4-3 linebacker and could probably fit into a 3-4 inside linebacker role as well.
Pool’s projection is difficult to make simply because of the style of linebacker that he plays. If he’s not particularly capable in man coverage against tight ends, his usage on the field is diminished significantly. We think he looks like a seventh-round/PFA prospect who may or may not be drafted late.