Justin Strnad Roster Profile
Justin Strnad was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 33rd pick in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Strnad played his football at Wake Forest, where he played for four years.
In this profile we will examine:
- Strnad’s prospect profile from our Head of College and NFL Draft Content Simon Carroll
- his productivity in college
- his potential opportunities in the NFL in the upcoming season
PRO’S: Explosive linebacker whose speed in short areas can be devastating. Build up speed is lightning quick. Attacks gaps and into the backfield before blockers have got close to their sets. Range is phenomenal – will run all day and has that rare sideline to sideline speed. Athleticism aids him in man coverage but he excels in zone, dropping to his depth smoothly and effortlessly with the read and react quickness to make a play on the ball. Comfortable being moved around and offers blitz ability through inside gaps or from the edge.
CON’S: Skinny frame that doesn’t hold enough muscle mass to be a consistent factor in the run game. Too easily latched on to by blockers and without the requisite play strength struggles to disengage. Better hand usage in space when he build up speed can palm to the edge of a blocker, but in close quarters he can’t find his way through. Awkward tackler – form isn’t right unless he’s engaging square. Frame seems to slide down arms and is easily palmed off by the ball carrier. Play recognition is sluggish.
SIMON CARROLL: “Strnad’s impressive athleticism on an undersized frame will have poeple considering him as one of the new linebacker/safety hybrids that can be utilised in different ways by clever co-ordinators. He’s got a myriad of technique issues to clean up and could stand to add more weight if his frame can take it. Until then he’s a third down linebacker with the tools to be a playmaker”.
Opportunities at the next level
2020 is going to be an interesting season for Strnad when it comes to getting on the field for the Broncos. In fact, he faces serious competition to even make the roster.
The Broncos are deep at the inside linebacker position with seven players currently on their roster to fill two starting roles. However, despite the depth, the talent is no where near the same as the Broncos have at some of the other defensive positions. That presents an opportunity for Strnad to be a fast riser, which offers potential.
While there is a chance the offseason will be limited, what opportunities Strnad has he needs to take. If he does, then he could find himself rising up the depth chart quickly. He will need to take some steps to even make the roster, but make a big enough splash and he could even see a significant percentage of the snaps in 2020.
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