Draft Scouting Report

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 68.17 (Role player)

Pro Comparison: Zach Brown


Shaka Heyward is a long, high-cut LB who plays a methodical yet effective game. He's not a sudden, explosive athlete but has deceptive speed and range to the football. He has plus coverage instincts and capability. He has good weight to his frame and is incredibly long. He has OT length, and it helps him a great deal in coverage. He will get his hands on the football even if he's not in tight. Much more of a block avoider than shedder right now. He needs to be coached up on how to utilize his length to sift through blocks as a run defender. Good, not amazing tackle reliability right now. For a team that prioritizes instincts and size over sheer athleticism at the LB spot, this is a mid-round prospect to target.


  • Smart, instinctive coverage type
  • Insanely long, which gives him an advantage in coverage
  • Plus ball skills
  • Avoids blocks well en route to the ball-carrier
  • Deceptive speed because of long stride


  • Clearly lacking burst and change-of-direction skill
  • Doesn't defeat blocks with much consistency
  • Tall leggy frame makes him susceptible to lower blocks

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.53 seconds
  • Vertical: 31 inches
  • Broad Jump: 9 feet, 8 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 7.32 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.4 seconds
  • Bench Press: 22 reps
Next Game
vs Clemson Tigers (11-3)
  • Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium

ACC Coastal Standings

Team Conf Overall
6-2 9-5
5-3 9-4
5-3 9-4
4-4 5-7
3-5 5-7
1-6 3-7
1-6 3-8

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 238 lbs
Birthplace: Dacula, GA
Age: 23