4. Te’Von Coney, Notre Dame 6-1, 231 (3)
Career Statistics: 313 tackles, 7 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 4 broken up passes
Why Te’Von Coney Is Here On The List: Just okay as a part of the defensive puzzle early in his career, he turned into a leader and volume tackler who did a little of everything over his last two seasons. Steady more than spectacular, he’s just okay as a pass defender, but he has enough to get behind the line and he’s a killer against the run.
There’s a chance to bulk up just a little bit to play at over 240 and become even more of a thumper. No, he’s really not going to do much as a pass rusher at the next level, but athletic linebackers end up working on the outside – at least in this draft. Slow and steady isn’t a bad thing here.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Quickness, quickness, quickness. Is there any explosiveness to his game? Is he enough of a top-shelf athlete to think he can do anything more in pass coverage? Scouts are going to want something to like about him, but he needs to show off a few tools.
Bottom Line: He’s a little short, and he doesn’t do enough to make a big splash on a regular basis, but he’ll come up with stop after stop, he can work in a variety of ways and positions, and he’ll be a no-concern, consistent starter who’ll quietly rack up a whole lot nice tackling numbers.