Scout Report – Chapelle Russell

  • Position: Inside Linebacker – Mike, Off-ball, Adjuster
  • College: Temple Owls
  • Gridiron Guy Position Rank: 10 of 21

Age: 23 | Height: 6’2 | Weight: 236 lbs
NFL Size Comparison: Ronny Connelly

LB at a Glance: Physically and mentally tough LB with a knack for attacking the run, with potential in Pass rush and coverage


  • Best Game: @ #19 Cincinnati (L 13-15)
    • 11 tackles (4 solo, 7 assists) | 2 Pass Def
  • Worst Game: @ USF (W 17-7)
    • 2 tackles (2 solo)
  • Butkus Award Watch List (2019)
  • Male Comeback Player of the Year by Temple Athletics (2018)
  • Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award Nominee (2018)
  • Tied for 3rd best Bench Press reps at the Combine for ILBs (21)

__________ Physical _______________________


  • Within NFL average size for ILB at 6’2 236 lbs
  • Acceptable top speed with a forty time of 4.69s
  • Shows good upper body strength as he tied for 3rd best at bench press with 21 reps
  • Acceptable lower body power with a 121.0in Broadjump and 35.0in vertical
  • Good play speed to keep pace with any offensive weapon
  • Has the lateral movement you would like to get runners who are trying to bounce


  • Durability concerns are prevalent as he has had two ACL tears on the same knee
  • Poor production on the field, behind compared to others in his draft class
  • Low agility, ranked last in both the 3-cone drill and 20 yard shuffle among ILBs

__________ Mental _______________________


  • Ideal experience as a 3-year starter
  • Had been praised for his mental toughness for fighting back from both ACL tears
  • Fundamentally proactive in his play on defense
  • Tenacious LB who does not stop until the whistle is blown
  • Quick mind to diagnose plays and know where to go
  • Seems to have a good grasp of football, and offensive schemes
  • Mature player with a refined sense of play
  • Production inconsistent week to week, and never had a blowout year


  • Has a strange habit of leaving his mouthpiece out when playing
  • Can get caught up staring into the backfield he loses sight of the rest of the field

__________ Tackling _________________________


  • Assertiveness to put himself into a runner, does not shy away from contact
  • Good angle pursuit
  • Strong tackling fundamentals with a nice wrap up
  • Reliable tackler
  • Shows that he has a strong pop in his pads
  • Deadly grip to keep hold of a runner once they get in his range
  • Can be a reassuring defender on the sideline
  • Has the ability to extend his body when needed



__________ Run Defense___________________


  • Excellent eyes to track the runner in the backfield
  • Sharp instincts to feel where the offense is attempting to go
  • Good vision to see the field and where the holes are
  • Swift feet when crashing downhill
  • Physically tough to hit the trenches with ferocity


  • Inconsistent reading fakes
  • Lags behind when playing to flow
  • Does not always find the gap in time, leading to blockers and runners climbing to the second level on his watch
  • Can get lost in congestion when he attempts to meet the runner at the line

__________ Pass Rush __________________


  • Surprisingly good at slipping past blockers
  • Can meet blockers with a strong initial impact to knock them off balance
  • Quick burst off the line of scrimmage can get OL shaken on their backsteps
  • Has the speed to rip through holes in the pocket and create chaos
  • Proactive hands keep OL from getting a good grip on him


  • Little power in his bull rush, can be stalled quickly if he cannot jimmy his way past
  • Does not maintain his positioning when he is in a block, allowing RBs to scoot past him
  • Hand discipline is lacking, will flail his arms about when attempting to get by, wasting time and energy

__________ Coverage ____________________


  • Good awareness of the field to keep tabs on receivers running around him
  • Active enough to put on spy duty
  • Inside zone is effective for him
  • Promising ability to read the QB and drift toward his intended receiver


  • Seems to always be a step behind on man coverage
  • Does not play the outside and sideline with the same level of urgency as the interior
  • Poor positioning in zones often have him too far up or too far back
  • Does little to pressure routes that cross him
  • Disappointing closing speed, do not expect him to make a play on the ball
  • Lacking that urgency on his backpedal, seems more like a stroll than a race to cover the field

Bold Predictions:

  • Draft Placement: 5th – 6th Round
  • Status: Short-Term Project Player
  • Ceiling: NFL Starter
  • Floor: 4 & Out

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