Shaquille Quarterman is another one of my draft crushes. Quarterman is a four-year starter at Miami University. He projects as a backup middle linebacker and special teams asset at the NFL level.
Quarterman is an old school middle linebacker, a down-hill violent thumber. He will hurt you between the tackles when he meets a ball carrier in the hole. Quarterman doesn’t have the sideline to sideline mobility that is expected at the NFL level.
He’s been remarkably durable during his college career, never missing a start in his four-year carer at Miami. In four years, he’s never accounted for less than 80 tackles in a single season. Last year Quarterman recorded 107 tackles, 15.5 of which were for a loss, both career highs.
He knocked down five passes, forced one fumble, and recovered another two. Quarterman recorded 12 sacks over his four-year college career, but just one last season.
Quarterman stands 6’1 and plays at 240-pounds, his stout figure is something Matt Patricia’s likes looks for in a middle linebacker. He’s still a bit smaller than Patricia would like. In a Patricia built defense, he doesn’t expect his linebacker to scream sideline to sideline like Jarrad Davis. He prefers the Jahlani Tavai type. Tavai is 6’2, 250 pounds with limited mobility.
Quarterman ran a 4.74 40-yard dash, produced 23 bench press reps, had a verticle jump of 31.0, and a broad jump of 120.0 at the NFL combine. With the 149th pick, Quarterman could be valuable to the Lions primarily on special teams and in a reserve role behind Reggie Ragland, Davis, and Tavai.