JACK CICHY SCOUTING REPORT

 

JACK CICHY | LB | WISCONSIN 

Height: 6021 | Weight: 238 | Arm: 32 1/8" | Hand: 9 1/2" | Bench: 18 | 3Cone: 6.87 | Broad: 124" | Vertical: 33.5"

 

Jack Cichy is a fifth-year senior who chose to enter the 2017 NFL Draft despite being eligible to receive a medical redshirt for a sixth year with the Badgers after tearing his ACL in preseason. When healthy, Cichy is a very productive player who was a Butkus Award Semifinalist and All-Big 10 Honorable Mention. Cichy was having an outstanding season in 2016, tallying 15 tackles (3.5 for loss) against Ohio State before tearing his pectoral muscle and missing five games.

 

Cichy boasts very good size and possesses the athleticism, change of direction ability, and lateral quickness to play as either an inside or outside linebacker at the next level, regardless of scheme. Cichy registered an eye-opening 6.87 three cone time coming off a torn ACL, validating the change of direction ability he's shown on tape.

 

Cichy is an adept block shedder and does well to hide his hands and time his strike like a cobra when the blocker reaches him in the second level, making it very difficult to anticipate Cichy's movement plan. In run support, Cichy is extremely disciplined with his gap control and shows good feel and instincts on timing when to shoot the gap, accelerating with urgency and exhibiting good striking ability and crisp form tackling. Cichy is extremely patient in mirroring runners in the open field and will grab feet and legs to hold up the ball carrier until his cavalry can come in and clean up the play. Like most Badgers LBs, Cichy's motor never stops and he is a team leader on a defense full of team leaders. Although gifted at shooting A gaps with timing, Cichy must show more consistency as a blitzer and finishing his backfield pursuit of QBs. Cichy's biggest deficiency is in pass coverage, as he was asked to mostly attack downfield and thump in Wisconsin's defense, but he has shown the ability to make some splash plays on the ball.

 

Off the field, Cichy is a model citizen, having graduated with a degree in economics and spends his free time volunteering at local homeless shelters and Ronald McDonald House. Cichy comes from an extremely athletic pedigree. His father, Steve, played football at Notre Dame and the CFL and his mother, Lisa, played basketball at Marquette. Cichy's biggest question mark is his durability and injury concerns, having suffered a season-ending injury in each of the last two seasons. Comparable to Cowboys LB Sean Lee, the biggest question mark with Cichy will be his durability. Although he has 2nd round tape, the fact that he has only played in 20 games in 5 years will likely drop him down to a late day three selection.

 

Overall Grade: 70

Athletic Ability: 5

Physical: 5

Play Strength: 5

Play Speed: 5

Competitive Toughness: 5

Tackling: 4

Hit Power: 4

Pursuit: 4

Man Coverage: 3

Zone Coverage: 3

Ball Hawking: 2

Recognition: 4

Block Shedding: 4

Versatility: 4

Gap Discipline: 4

Blitzing: 3

Maturity: 5

Production: 1

 

Player Comparison: Sean Lee

Projected Round: Round 6/7

 

 

 

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