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June 15, 2021

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: JaCoby Stevens

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JaCoby Stevens

During this semi-dead period of the offseason, we'll be comparing each of the Philadelphia Eagles' rookies to current or former NFL players. Today we'll find a comp for sixth-round linebacker JaCoby Stevens.

Previous player comp profiles

DeVonta Smith • Landon Dickerson
Milton Williams • Zech McPhearson
Kenny Gainwell • Marlon Tuipulotu • Tarron Jackson

New Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is a Mike Zimmer disciple, which means that there's a decent bet that Eagles linebackers are going to get more opportunities as blitzers. There's also speculation that Gannon will run a lot of zone coverages, which means that those linebackers better also, you know, be able to play zone coverage.

One of the players that I thought fit that mold during free agency was Raiders LB Nicholas Morrow, a player that Oakland converted from safety after signing him as an undrafted free agent in 2017. In 2020, Morrow allowed just 4.5 yards per target, per He was also a threat as a blitzer, as he collected three sacks and eight pressures on the season.

You can see Morrow's zone coverage and blitzing ability in the highlight reel below. Note that he also has a little pop when he hits:

Stevens reminds me of Morrow. A comparison of their measurables coming out of college:

 MeasurableJaCoby Stevens Nicholas Morrow 
 Height6'1 1/8" 6'0 3/8" 
 Weight212 216 
 Arm length31 3/4" 32" 
 Hand size9 1/4" 9 1/8" 
 40 yard dash4.62 4.52 
 10 yard split1.68 1.66 
 Vertical jump42" 37" 
 Broad jump130" 123" 

At LSU, Stevens was a safety/linebacker hybrid. He was a savvy blitzer (8 sacks the last two seasons), he delivered some big hits, and you can get a little taste of his ability in zone coverage when he played in the box in the highlight reel below from 2019:

Stevens' skill set and his transition to linebacker makes a lot of sense in a Zimmer-like scheme. 

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