Jabril Frazier 6’ 4” 238 lbs DE/OLB Boise st #8
Jabril Frazier is kind of a hard luck player. In 2014 when he was being recruited he picked the Broncos over a USC grayshirt offer. A grayshirt offer is when you sit out in the fall and enroll on scholarship the following spring. He chose Boise State because he was expected to push for immediate playing time as a true freshman for the Broncos in 2014.
Shortly before he was set to leave for Boise he found out that his ACT score didn’t qualify, and he’d be academically ineligible that fall. Frazier was allowed to enroll at Boise State on scholarship, but he couldn’t be around the team. He was not allowed to attend practices or meetings, and he wasn’t allowed to be in the weight room when his teammates were there. He was forced to work out at odd hours early in the morning or late at night.
You have to realize this is a kid from Los Angeles who at 18 moved to Idaho to play football. He had only two people that were friends, but they were both on the team so he couldn’t visit with them. “It was really hard, honestly,” Frazier said. “It was so tough. I couldn’t be around the team. I’d go lift for one hour and then go back to the dorms. Moving here and having two friends and not being able to ever see them, it was just really hard for me. I would talk to my parents every day and they just kept telling me to fight through it. It felt like the longest four months of my life, but I got through it.”
To throw salt into the wound, he was on academic redshirt and that season counted as a year of eligibility. Plus he had to earn a 2.8 grade-point average to become eligible for the following year. Not being the most gifted student this was a trying task for Frazier, but he persevered and became eligible the following year. He played in 6 games as a freshman at the STUD position which is a hybrid OLB/DE who is on the line but rushes the passer and also drops into coverage.
In 2016 he played in 12 games with 38 tackles, 4 TFL and 4 sacks, but he played most of the year with shoulder, ankle and knee injuries which all needed surgery. He finally gave into the pain before the Cactus Bowl. He was supposed to spread the surgeries out, but he elected to have them all at once.
“I wanted to do it just to get it out of the way,” Frazier said. “I was like ‘I might as well just do it all at one time and recover at one time,’ but once I did it and I was in that wheelchair, I was like ‘maybe that wasn’t a good idea.’” He missed spring practice and was not cleared to play until just before fall camp. “It was not a wonderful experience,” Frazier said. “But I’m happy to experience that because it definitely humbled me and made me more grateful for a lot of things, especially football.
His teammates appreciated all the struggles and hardships Frazier had been through and voted him one of the three permanent captains during his senior year.
“I think it’s a story of hard work, I really do,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “To overcome the adversity of sitting there and having to watch that entire first season and to go out there to prepare yourself to play and get on the field and then being injured … I think Jabril is in a good place now. I think he understands what it takes to be successful, and I think he understands that no matter how high he reaches right now and what level he’s at, he still has to get better and that it could be taken away from him too. There’s an appreciation for his opportunities.”
I have watched 6 games of this kid, and he will need a serious infusion of intensity along with technical training to be effective. He has good size but is an average athlete at best, He had a 4.79/40, 30.5” vert and did 22 reps on the bench with 33 1/2” arms. He is not an instinctual player and is literally awful out in space. He had zero INTs and 4 passes defended in 4 years. He had 18 total sacks in 43 games, but I never saw him once beat a tackle to get one.
He had 24.5 TFL in that time. Here is on. He is untouched on his way in from the edge.
The video is quite self-explanatory. The only question remains is why the QB didn’t pitch the ball. The back is open with no one around him. It’s as if he just forgot the play. This was a gift TFL for Frazier.
Here is a gift sack for Frazier when the offensive line forgets what its blocking assignments are on the play. He is playing the RDE position, and the line gets confused when the ROLB blitzes on the play.
The TE who is in the slot kind of gives Frazier a handshake as he goes out into the flat, but it was the LT job to pick up Frazier on the play.
This next play is the best play I saw Frazier make in 6 games. He is the LDE at the bottom of the screen, and he is again going up against a TE on the play. Once the ball is snapped the TE gets some help by the running back, but that back is Justice Hill who is really fast but is under 200 lbs with little to no power.
This is the only time I saw him use a spin move, and it was very effective. Frazier can have violent hands at times but rarely uses them. His rush counters are almost non \existent (save for this spin move), and he really doesn’t show a great plan of attack before the snap. Everything appears to be spontaneously made up at the instant it occurs. The same play from another angle.
At least this play shows you he has some talent to work with for a DL or LB coach to build upon. You will even see him occasionally run down plays from behind, but they are too far in between for a NFL player. Unless the play is right in front of him he will seem confused as to a plan of action. This next clip is the type of effort you see far too often. He is #8, the player who is on the top of the screen near the 20 on the field.
The play is being run to his side of the field, but he takes the outside route and has to run himself into a blocker (who is blocking someone else at the time) to have any contact on the play. He needs to read that play and attack by the hash where the play is. If the RB had broken through the tackle he was nowhere close to a position to affect a tackle.
This next play is befuddling to me as he is the RDE who has contain responsibilities on the play but crashes down instead of holding his ground.
He doesn’t read the play at all. This is a read option, and he has to guard the edge. He crashes down and tries to tackle the lead blocker. He wasn’t even faked the ball. Why would you do that? He took himself out of the play to attack a player who was never an offensive threat on the play, just puzzling.
On this last play the ball is run directly at Frazier’s gap, but he is taken out easily by the pulling guard. It’s a simple trap play that he has to be more aware of and step inside that block or stack the guard to make the tackle on the play.
The guard just drops him to the ground and keeps moving downfield like he was a tackling dummy. He has to use his hands much better in that situation to keep the guard off him so he can step into the hole and make the play.
Frazier will need a complete rebuild of his technical skill set and film study with a coach to make him more effective on the field. I doubt a coach will allot that kind of time to a UDFA unless he sees some kind of spark from the player. He has good size, but he is sort of a tweener because he is not strong enough to play as a DE in the NFL and has tight hips which would make it difficult for him to play in space.
In my opinion unless Frazier has a miraculous transformation in a few short months I don’t see how he survives the first cut if he makes it even that far.