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2016 NFL Draft: Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell

Prior to his torn ACL, Kyler Fackrell was a possible first round pick, but where will he go this weekend?

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Kyler Fackrell, outside linebacker, Utah State Aggies6'5", 245 pounds

Mocking the Draft position ranking: 9

Mocking the Draft overall ranking: 66

Strengths: Despite missing almost the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL, Kyler Fackrell didn't miss a beat in 2015. The long and athletic Fackrell recorded 82 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, and five recovered fumbles. At 23, he is one of the older players in the draft but many scouts appreciate the maturity he has shown in facing adversity as well as being a father.

Fackrell has great length and athleticism that many teams would love to have on the edge. He also has the ability to cover in running backs in space. Fackrell's hip explosion and long arms help him go from a speed rusher to a power rusher. He also has long strides, which make it easier to make up and cover substantial ground in his first three steps.

Weaknesses: Many have noted that Fackrell plays too high, which make it too difficult to play through redirect blocks with contact balance. His initial rush off the edge is powerful but when that stalls, his counterattack is lacking.  Another fear that teams have is the ACL tear in 2014. It could limit the range of motion and ability to cut at different angles in the NFL.

The bottom line: Despite the ACL tear, Fackrell is a poster boy for teams that want athleticism and length coming off the edge. With the versatility he has shown in coverage and as a pass rusher, he should hear his name called in the 2016 NFL draft. According to, that ability could make Fackrell a future contender for a Pro Bowl nod.

Projected round: 2nd or 3rd

NFL Comparison: Manny Lawson, Buffalo Bills or Conner Barwin, Philadelphia Eagles