Utah State is located in Logan, Utah, just west of the Rocky Mountains. A small town that isn’t much more than the University has produced it’s share of NFL talent over the past few years. Kyler Fackrell is the next name the Aggies present after Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin went on to have successful careers in the NFL.
Kyler Fackrell is a big, strong, athletic linebacker who can turn the tide of a football game. In high school, Fackrell played not only quarterback but wide receiver as well. Spending time at both positions has not only excelled him at his position of outside linebacker but also puts his athleticism and leadership to display. Fackrell has received a ton of praise for his ability to return from a 2014 torn ACL injury, his stats and play did not take a drop once he returned in 2015.
Name: Kyler Fackrell
2015 Seasons Stats: 82 tackles (15 for loss), four sacks, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries
Aside from his 2014 season, Fackrell has never had a year of less than 80 tackles and/or eight tackles for loss. In fact, for his career he has 253 tackles, 36 for loss and 13 sacks. He shows his worth in the passing game where he had four interceptions in his first two seasons (none in 2015) while also forcing four fumbles in his career. Fackrell is long and athletic, he has the ability to use his arms to get around the edge while also allowing him the range to be in coverage as well.
He possesses a lot of strengths and his potential hasn’t quite been tapped yet. While used mostly in coverage, he has a ton of talent that could turn him into a great edge rusher as well.
He recovered from his ACL tear and had a great season, however scouts will still want a medical report on the long term success of his injury. While some players recover from ACL tears and go on to have successful careers, many others relapse on the injury and find themselves out of the league sooner than expected.
Fackrell struggles with chopping his feet and finding the hole at times, being 6’5 and having a long stride makes it difficult for him to redirect his weight and length. This can also be a problem in the open field where smaller, shiftier backs, may create a balance issue for him when trying to tackle.
Kyler Fackrell will be a good to great player in this league, so long as his knee allows him to be. A guy with a great motor and the ability to use his athleticism and size to his advantage will find a place on anybody’s team.
Although you don’t find too many players at 6’5 with the ability to cover in the open field, Fackrell has a chance to be a complete player in the correct scheme.