Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has the potential to develop into a player similar to Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, according to NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah.
Jeremiah revealed that San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, Brooks’ former teammate with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is trying to build a similar defense through the draft to the one that won a Super Bowl in 2003.
Jeremiah noted that that defense included two Hall of Famers in Brooks and Warren Sapp, as well as a potential Hall of Famer in Lynch himself. He then compared Foster to Brooks, claiming they have similar size, play speed and toughness.
Foster’s draft stock has been widely debated this offseason. While Foster inarguably is the top prospect at his position in this year’s class, his shoulder injury – as well as his early dismissal from NFL Scouting Combine last month – has some teams concerned.
Last week, ESPN’s Adam Caplan tweeted that a high-ranking executive had Foster as the No. 2 prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft behind only Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.
Had high-ranking personnel exec say that two best players graded off tape for this draft: Garrett then Foster. https://t.co/f5eDQFtIqu
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 12, 2017
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