Luke Rhodes, ILB, William Mary: 2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Luke Rhodes has been a key part of William & Mary’s defense for the last four years. Recording 341 career tackles and two seasons with ninety plus, Rhodes’ tackles rank fifth all-time in W&M history.

He has 45 career starts, including nine his freshman year.  Rhodes is a three time All-CAA selection and in 2015 was the only FCS player added to the Butkus Award watch list, an award for the nation’s top collegiate linebackers.

From Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Rhodes has been a locker room leader dating back to high school. This remained the standard at college as he is one of only 11 players in W&M history to be voted captain twice.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 2″

Weight: 242

Strengths

Rhodes is strong and muscular. He posted 29 reps (225 lbs) on the bench press at W&M’s pro day. He plays with passion and seems to be involved in every play. He hits hard and forces fumbles.

A former running back in high school, he knows how to turn turnovers into yards. Rhodes always has been a vocal leader and constantly makes strides at becoming a better athlete.

He is bigger than the average NFL linebacker and consistent with applying film takeaways in-game.

Weaknesses

Luke Rhodes lacks deceleration but that’s because he runs through players. He’s not slow, but lacks quickness and isn’t fast. He could play more vertically within the box and improve on his hands.

Possible Fits

Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers

Final Thoughts

Rhodes has always had the game and size to be a professional athlete. He’s dominated at whatever position he’s played since high school.

He understands the importance of watching film and leads on action. A team looking for a tough player possessing youth leadership will find that in Luke Rhodes.