2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Steven Friday
Steven Friday has been one of the most surprising and quiet 2011 NFL Draft risers of the entire NCAA.
Friday came out of Phoebus High School in Hampton Virginia to land a scholarship with the Hokies of Virginia Tech. He was a three star line backer recruit who played defensive end, linebacker and wide receiver in high school.
Player Name: Steven Friday
Position: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
School: Virginia Tech
Friday is an underrated pass rusher who was often overshadowed thanks to Virginia Tech’s solid secondary play in 2010. He has a great first step and pure quickness on the edge. He gets up field in a hurry, and does a decent job keeping contain. He’s very athletic and has good speed. His strength in the weight room is top notch, reportedly benching around 440 pounds. However, he has yet to show off his pure strength as a bull rusher. He moves well laterally and can play in space. He’s fared well enough dropping in coverage to think that he could make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker.
We want to see Friday’s bull rush improve. He’s quite strong, but doesn’t show it much as he struggles to get leverage. He will struggle against stronger offensive tackles, and needs to come out of his stance lower. He relies heavily on athleticism, and needs to develop a bigger arsenal of moves as he’ll sometimes get taken out of plays with the same edge rush constantly.
Friday has a lot of untapped potential, much like many of these late second to early third round prospects. He will be a big time riser come 2011 NFL Draft time because every team desires a stud project that can rush the passer. He’s quite raw, but a 3-4 defense like Arizona, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New England, Buffalo or New York (Jets) will grab him with their second or third round pick and groom him.
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