Post Draft Scouting Report: Elandon Roberts, LB

Roberts may not be the most athletic Linebacker, but he makes up for it in other ways.

Roberts may not be the most athletic Linebacker, but he makes up for it in other ways.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Sorry for the delay on these last three reports, the darn real job has been taking up all my time. With their first compensatory pick in round 6, the Patriots took an athletic player with lots of upside and intrigue but no real position. With their second compensatory pick, they potentially went with the same position, but completely different players. Let’s take a look at what Elandon Roberts brings to the table.

Name: Elandon Roberts (#44)

School: Houston (Sr.)

Pro Day Results

Height: 6”0″

Weight: 235 Lbs.

40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds
Vertical: 36 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet
Short shuttle: 4.26 seconds
3-cone: 7.23 seconds
Bench: 25 reps of 225 pounds

Again, I apologize for not having a spider graph for Roberts. While those numbers are not bad, Roberts will never be mistaken for a workout warrior. I watched quite a few Houston games this year, focusing more on William Jackson III, but Roberts consistently made plays for the Cougars. He is a throwback type Linebacker in the body of a new wave Linebacker. Where Roberts really excels is with his instincts. He is able to play the game much faster than his athletic numbers indicate because he diagnosis plays quickly and reacts. He is aware of his assignment and he does it perfectly. He takes great angles when he is in pursuit and rarely, if ever, takes himself out of a play by making the wrong read or taking a wrong path to the ball. Roberts should be the poster child for the correct way to tackle. He keeps his head up, squares up his opponent and hits them. He wraps up and rarely misses a tackle he should make. He is a downhill type player who made a ton of tackles in college. Where Roberts gets in trouble is when he is asked to play in space or has to change direction. He is stiff in his movements and he can get exposed when he is required to do much more than come down in the box and make tackles.  He does not have great size or speed, which hurts his chances of being more than a rotational player on defense.

If you read anything about Roberts, you can see why the Patriots like him and why they drafted him. He was a team leader in college and from all accounts, his life revolves around football. He has the work ethic and the passion to make this team despite being a limited athlete. Roberts is going to have to make the Patriots by performing well on special teams. If he can do that, he should find a role as a back up Inside Linebacker, but I am not sure how much time he would get on the field early in his career. I like the fact that he was such a strong presence both on and off the field for his teammates and his coaches. To me, he sounds like a smaller, less athletic version of Jerod Mayo. Roberts may never be considered a star, but I think he could fill an important role on this team, both on and off the field.  If he can continue to “win” with his instincts like he did in college, he could be a solid contributor as a run stuffing, old school type Linebacker.


16 Responses to “Post Draft Scouting Report: Elandon Roberts, LB”

  1. El Guapo says:

    Nice story, but let’s be realistic. Most of the corners not only gave him a 10yd cushion but they looked like they couldn’t start for their HS team. How many players of the field could play D1 or D1AA – a handful at best? Was very good vs a very low level of competition, if you’re measurables don’t excite the scouts then try the Arena League or Canada. Sorry Abiola you have a heart but there is a reason why no pro team is looking at you as you’re just not good enough. No shame in that as only about 1-2% of D1 players make the NFL.

  2. J H TARBORO says:

    Former Kent RB/WR/KR Dri Archer, who was drafted by Pittsburg in 3rd round in 2015, was picked up by the Jets early this offseason was released and picked up by Buffalo, it’s reported, he did not show up, and in an interview said he would like to play for the Patriots! Quote( “The Patriots would know how to use me”)

    • steve earle says:

      Really? Wonder how BB feels about the guy? Is it that other teams don’t know what to do with him or something else? Also he would be trying to fill the same roll of Lewis I believe. Not that I have anything against competition but how many ultra small backs can a team carry?

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Steve .E, the Steelers had L.Bell and the year Archer was drafted, 1 spot later in that draft came Martavis Bryant, proving they liked Archer but drafting without a real plan how they were going to use him. I would like to see Archer in New England, only if spots open up on our 90 man roster. I happen to like the team and it’s players we’ve assembled.

      • GM-in-Training says:

        Archer is ~170# isn’t he? He can’t break tackles. He can’t block. He can’t absorb punishment.
        Durability? Even the fastest players usually get tackled at the end of the play. He’s not a RB.

        He can’t make contested catches. That leaves you with kick returner?

        The Pats have bigger small guys who can play DB and return kicks.

        Would the Pats allocate a roster spot to gadget player?

    • acm says:

      JHT, you really need to learn how to move on, mate. 😉
      Just accept the fact that not every fancy college player and track athlete is cut out for the NFL.
      Archer was always a 7th-round, hail-marry type of pick. Steelers being stupid enough to waste a 3rd rounder in a draft class as talented as the 2014 one, didn’t change that.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        ACM, my friend, believe it or not i have moved on, i just happen to like the player, and knew even the year he was drafted that he would go to a team that wouldn’t know how use him, thats all. If you read my comments above, i expressed how much i liked what the Pats are doing. Let’s not become hypocrites, a year ago, before anyone knew who Dion Lewis was, probably wasn’t to high on a 5’8 RB, but he made a lot of people believe! I have always been a believer of these types of athletes based on the spread system we run here.

        • GM-in-Training says:

          Lewis was 193# coming out of college, which is still a little light for a scatback, but at least he’s got some beef to act as armor.

          Yes, somebody could use Archer for as long as he could stay upright during a season, but he has to be wide open.

        • acm says:

          Danny Woodhead also falls into the D-Lewis niche. That doesn’t mean, however, that every overly small/underweight (mind you both Woody and Lewis were much heavier than Archer) is cut out to be a football player, mentally and/or physically.

        • GM-in-Training says:

          Danny Woodhead was 195 or 200# coming out of college.

  3. Stephen J says:

    After reading what you said about him previously Roberts kept showing up and consistently made plays I was intrigued and excited to look at him. The more I watched the less I liked to be honest. He reminded me of a inverted Jonathan Freeney 2.0 and I don’t like him as a LB. Inverted in that Freeney is more athletic (special teams) yet is slow to diagnose plays. While Roberts can diagnose plays faster his lack of atleticism seems to hinder him and if that’s the case it’s going to be hard for him to stick around because in order to stick around he will need to be helpful on special teams where athleticism is needed.

    • Todti says:

      Looking at his numbers I think athleticism it’s not really the problem, it’s agility. His speed and explosion are solid, but the three cone time is terrible. Therefore it’s reasonable that he doesn’t look good in coverage but that shouldn’t exclude him from playing on ST. However, I agree that he probably won’t make the roster, and I think it’s less risky to try to get him on the PS than Kamu.

      • Mike Gerken says:

        Perfect statement Todti.

      • Stephen J says:

        I maybe splitting hairs here but isn’t agility a part of the package called athleticism. So if he isn’t or is lacking agility it’s his athleticism that is still the problem. Will it exclude him from ST’s no it just won’t help him stand out or excel at. Maybe he will be like the QB that manages the game well and doesn’t turn the ball over as a ST’s player will that be good enough I don’t know but time will tell.

  4. J H TARBORO says:

    WR Abiola Aborishade-Umass Dartmoth has been standing in front of Gillette Stadium every day since April 21st trying to secure a tryout from the Pats. Aborishade’s story is gaining local support and even starting to grow some legs, his highlights and story are on youtube!
    Good luck Abiola Aborishade!

    • steve earle says:

      Yea, read the story and I really like the idea of giving the kid a tryout. Who knows he might actually make a good impression? Good luck Abiola!

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