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Tahir Whitehead

Tahir Whitehead - #2 - OLB

Height: 6-1 1/4
Weight: 233
Speed: 4.69
Arm: 32 3/8
Hand: 10 1/4
Wingspan: 78
Birthdate: 04/02/1990
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Grade: 5.20

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/16/2012 Temple Pro Day 6-1 1/2 237 10 1/4 31 1/2 78 1/2 4.77 21 10'7" 35 1/2 4.16 11.53 7.18
02/29/2012 Combine 6-1 1/4 233 10 1/4 32 3/8 78 4.63 21 10'4" 37 4.37 7.16
01/30/2012 Players Classic 6-1 1/8 233 10 1/4 32 77 7/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-1 1/4 229 10 1/8 31 1/2 78 1/8 4.70

 

Notes:

Played safety, running back, receiver and tight end as a New Jersey prep. Committed to the Owls and then-head coach Al Golden in 2008, when he played all 12 games, recording seven tackles without any for loss or a sack. Had postseason surgery on his right shoulder. Played all 13 games in ’09, tallying 30-41 ⁄2-0 with two pass breakups and one forced fumble. Switched from jersey No. 31 to No. 2 in ’10, when he started 8-of-12 games outside and totaled 56-7 1⁄2-2 with two pass breakups, one interception and two forced fumbles. Started 12-of-13 games played at SLB in ’11 and recorded 70-13 1⁄2-5 with one pass breakup and four forced fumbles. The non-start was against Temple due defense opening in nickel coverage. Team captain.

Positives:

Has large hands. Works to get off blocks — uses his hands well to punch/pull and free himself up. Chases aggressively and has good straight-line speed. Wrap tackler. Plays hard and does not shy from contact. Flashes potential as a blitzer. Played all three downs and has special-teams experience. Solid person and football character — well-respected, self-made leader who puts the time in to improve.

Negatives:

Lacks ideal size and bulk — needs to continue getting stronger. Average physicality and tackle strength. Shows some tightness in his hips — is not fluid or sudden changing direction. Unnatural working in reverse.

Summary:

A motivated, hardworking overachiever, Whitehead is a lean, competitive, college strong-side linebacker who will have to move to the weak side in the pros. Lacks starter-caliber size and athletic ability but has a good football temperament that could enable him to earn a backup job in a 4-3 and contribute on special teams.


Tahir Whitehead's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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