Prospect Profile: Tony Ficklin

Tony Ficklin School: San Jose State
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 268 40: 4.73 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three year starter that's been used at defensive end, defensive tackle as well as linebacker. Posted 52/17/7 as a senior after 36/6/4 the prior year.

Positives: Explosive athlete still very raw on the football field. Quick off the snap, plays with excellent pad level and gets leverage on opponents. Rarely off his feet, quickly changes direction and moves laterally. Strings plays out to the sidelines and displays outstanding balance and body control. Has a burst of closing speed and flashes on the scene.

Negatives: Does not always chase hard unless the play is in his immediate vicinity. Not instinctive or quick locating the ball. Though weight room strong, very slow getting off blocks and handled by opposing tight ends.

Analysis: A defender that's been moved around the field and has been used at several positions, Ficklan has never settled in any one area which has hurt his development. Possesses terrific natural abilities and has recently turned in some outstanding workouts which included 38 repetitions on the bench press and a vertical jump of 39 inches. A lack of height combined with adequate speed projects him to outside linebacker at the next level in a 34 defense.

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