2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LB Rayshard Ashby

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Rayshard Ashby was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech and a tackling machine. He’s a physical, aggressive, and urgent defender that was voted a team captain for the 2020 season. Unfortunately, the limitations with Ashby when projecting him to the next level are notable. He severely lacks height and length, which are problematic when it comes to taking on blocks, clearing contact, tackling, and defending the run. His lack of size also makes him a liability in coverage, especially when considering his modest overall play speed. In addition, he’s not a consistent processor in terms of play diagnosing skills and having timely responses to his keys. Those restrictions make it challenging to forecast him to the NFL where matchup advantages are exploited. His best chance is to become an elite special teams player and hone in on his downhill thumping ability against the run. Ashby made regular plays behind the line of scrimmage but it was often because of effort and scheme that created those opportunities. Ashby has an uphill climb to carve out a role in the NFL.

Ideal Role: Developmental inside linebacker, special teams contributor.

Scheme Fit: 3-4.

Written by: Joe Marino 

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Written By:

Joe Marino

Founder and Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Founder and Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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