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Possible Pick: BYU's Warner Would Add Versatility, Athleticism to LB Position

(Editor's Note: While the start of the 2018 NFL Draft isn't until April 26, it's never too early to profile some of the key participants. The staff of intends to preview the landscape of the draft's top prospect, with an emphasis on possible Cowboys draft picks – from the first round to the last. Today's featured player is BYU linebacker Fred Warner.)

  • Name:Fred Warner
  • Position:Linebacker
  • College:BYU
  • Height/Weight:6-3 / 236 lbs
  • Key Stat:Ranked in the top five of linebackers at the scouting combine with a 38.5inch vertical jump.  

Where He's Projected:

Warner has helped himself at both the combine and individual workouts. His athleticism is starting to surface, combined with this production and nose for the ball. Warner is a solid Day 2 pick and might have jumped himself into the second round.

How He Helps The Cowboys:

The Cowboys still need depth at this position, especially younger talent that can develop into a starter. Warner fits that mold and would be someone who could potentially  compete for a starting job right away. With his size, he could play SAM but also has the speed and agility to help on special teams and in the nickel situation. The Cowboys have Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith as the projected starters, and returned Damien Wilson alongside newly-signed Joe Thomas. But a player like Warner could be a good fit for this team because of his athleticism and size. 

  • Outstanding size and quickness. Makes a ton of plays due to that quickness. 
  • Really nice job finding the ball. Can work through the trash. Takes good angles. If he does struggle, it's dealing with power. There are snaps where he will get locked up on a blocker and has trouble getting away.
  • Athletic to play in coverage. Can really cover some ground when running. When he sees it, he is gone
  • Good blitzer. Can finish. Works to create turnovers. Will try and punch the ball loose. Goes for the strip
  • Good with his balance. Hard to knock him off his feet. Movement is easy for coverage. One of his best traits.
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