However, isn’t a real gifted athlete, lacks ideal range in space and isn’t a guy who can consistently make plays sideline-to-sideline. Isn’t real compact or coordinated with his footwork either at this stage. Struggles to cleanly change directions in coverage and isn’t real fluid or rangy when asked to click and close. Fails to consistently wrap up in pursuit, but is much more effective in a phone booth where he does generate a good thrust through his hip into contact.
Impression: Has the ability to win in the run game, but isn’t real fluid or rangy vs. the pass and his lack of height hurts his chances of ever being anything more than a fringe roster guy in the NFL."
Positive: Explosive run-defending linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Plays with good pad level, stays with assignments, and fluid changing direction. Easily moves sideline to sideline, displays adequate speed in pursuit, and has the ability to get depth on pass drops. Explosive at the point of attack and works hard to make plays.
Negative: Marginal footwork moving in reverse. Easily taken from the action by blocks.
Analysis: Duncan has been a productive linebacker at Texas Tech but was moved around as a senior and did not develop at any single position. He offers potential as a backup middle linebacker in a conventional alignment and comes with a special teams mentality."
Negatives: Not an elite athlete, looks a little stiff and plays too high at times... Does not look very comfortable in coverage, definitely not his strong suit... May get bottled up when pass rushing in the NFL, lacks elite quickness to shoot gaps very effectively in the NFL... Change-of-direction ability could be better, not especially quick for the linebacker position... Not a sideline-to-sideline defender, does not scrape very well or get across field very quickly... Sort of a tweener at this point, could possibly play some defensive end in the right scheme at the next level, may start out as a situational pass rusher and special teamer in the NFL."
Weaknesses: Appears stiff and mechanical. Not a top-tier athlete, and lacks great speed. Not fluid in pass coverage; two-down player. Maxed out physically and doesn't have much upside.
Projection: Low-round pick or free agent. Would be a good fit as a backup LB in the 3-4 and on special teams."
The following two seasons Duncan led the Red Raiders in tackles and seemed to always be around the ball in order to make the big play. After tallying 94 tackles in 2008 and 88 tackles in 2009, there was some mystery about how he would respond to defensive coordinator James Willis' new scheme. Duncan was asked to do less tackling and more blitzing as the hybrid end/linebacker. The result was a team high 12.0 tackles-for-loss and 7.0 sacks through the regular season. Duncan's tackle total dropped to 58, but he quickly proved to everybody that he can be a traditional linebacker or a pass rushing linebacker at any level.
Duncan's versatility is a mixed bag as far as his draft stock is concerned. He could have been a solid outside linebacker in a 4-3 NFL defense, but he has shaped his body to fit the buck position at Texas Tech. The good news is that Duncan can get the job done in any system. He can continue to gain weight if he ends up as a pass rushing linebacker or regain some of his quickness by preparing to be a traditional outside linebacker or even an inside linebacker. Every NFL team, regardless of scheme, should have him on their board and know that he can get the job done no matter where they want him to play."
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