Profile: Nathan Proctor
Position: Outside linebacker
High School: Indian Head (Md.) Lackey
The Scouting Report: Proctor has a high ceiling and will greatly benefit from a college strength and conditioning program, and a college nutrition program. He is a hard worker and a student of the game, and he has the frame to be 250 pounds, if that is what Virginia Tech wants.
He can play a hybrid role as an outside linebacker and defensive end, but he will enter college as an outside linebacker.
Proctor, the No. 161 prospect in the 2017 class and the No. 11 outside linebacker in the nation, is at his best blitzing off the edge and playing near the line of scrimmage. He is patient but plays with burst, and he disengages from blocks and closes on the ball carrier well.
Against the run, Proctor diagnoses plays well and stays within his assignment. He has the quickness to keep the ball carrier from getting to the edge, and he breaks down well, uses his length and is a good tackler. He needs to work a bit more on his change of direction.
Proctor plays with a great motor and he will chase a play down from behind, be it to the far sideline or 40 yards down the field.
In coverage, Proctor needs to continue to work on getting into and out of breaks. If he is matched up against a running back or a tight end, he will have to improve his foot speed in transitioning from backpedaling to turning and running with the receiver.
He has a feel for playing zone defense, but it needs to be refined.
Overall Analysis: Proctor has big room for growth, and he could eventually be a strict defensive end in college. He is built to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but he can also excel in a 4-3 defense playing on the strong side. He has the talent to play as a true freshman, but a red-shirt year would aid his development greatly.