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Weight: 229 lbs
The star ILB from Alabama enters the 2017 draft after posting a solid combine showing until he was dismissed from the combine after letting his temper flare in the long lines for medical examinations although other combine attendees who witnessed the exchange state that the situation was “blown out of proportion.” Reuben has a history of mouthing off and catching attitude but what he brings onto the field is what stands him apart from the rest of this year’s LBs which is what is keeping his draft stock in the first round of the NFL draft. His ferocity on the play, competitiveness, and explosiveness is what earned him SEC Championship MVP and such a high draft grade from the experts.
Obviously Foster displayed growth in his game each year he played. He became a starter in 2015 blowing his 2014 performance off the charts. Unlike the usual argument that he racked up tackles against lesser teams, Foster mustered an astounding 125 tackles against SEC teams alone but these numbers do hint that Foster is more of a run stopper than anything else.
Not only does he have elite sideline-to-sideline speed but he has the ability and endurance to track down the run on wheel and nine routes. Between 2015 and 2016 he improved his tackling technique to deliver harder blows to offensive linemen early and often during the game to wear them down.
Unlike his predecessor, Reggie Ragland, Foster houses coverage skills to drop back and remain on the field in passing down situations having deflected 9 passes in his time at Alabama. These traits lead to his utilization either on the inside as an ILB or weak-side ILB.
Needs work with his hands in shedding and stacking blocks. Has been known to lower his head when making tackles leading to “stinger” issues through his time in college. Relies too much on speed and quickness rather than instincts leaving him to play catch up.
If you are thinking Reggie Ragland with more speed and pass coverage skills, you have Foster. He will be a tackle monster at the NFL level giving you a solid LB1 especially if he lands in a 4-3 scheme playing weak-side ILB which will allow him those pass coverage opportunities. Either way, if your league grants competitive IDP scoring you can look to safely add Foster at the bottom of the 2nd rounds at the 2.11 or 2.12.