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Nathan Stupar Scouting Report

Nathan Stupar, OLB, Penn State
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 241

Strengths:

  • Good speed
  • Solid overall athleticism
  • Shows well in coverage, particularly zone
  • Good hands and ball skills
  • Solid tackler
  • Extensive special teams experience
  • Hard worker, improved every year
  • Good blitzer
  • High football IQ, academic All-Big Ten Honoreee
  • Good instincts
  • Blue collar player, great motor that never stops running
  • NFL pedigree

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized
  • Can get engulfed by lineman
  • Only started seven games in his career
  • Can take poor angles at times
  • Struggles to get off blocks
  • Will sometimes gear up too fast and overpursue
  • Little to no experience in man coverage

NFL Comparison: Tim Shaw

Nathan Stupar is the next in a long line of Penn State linebackers looking to make a name for himself in the NFL. Stupar is a solid overall athlete that comes from an athletic family with NFL pedigree. His grandfather played football at Tennessee, his father and three uncles played at Penn State. One of his uncles is Jeff Hostetler, former Raiders Pro Bowl QB. Brother, Jonathan, is a TE that played at UVA and spent 2008-2010 with the Bills and is currently a free agent. Stupar only started seven games in his career, as a senior following an injury, but he had extensive playing time as part of a rotation of linebackers as a junior and senior. Stupar was the nickel linebacker for much of his career and has experience dropping into coverage and blitzing. He improved every season and was good enough to catch NFL scouts eyes with a combine invite. Stupar is best suited to play weakside linebacker in a 4-3 in the NFL. At worst, he should be a core special teams player and solid backup/nickel linebacker in the NFL but if he continues to improve, he has the natural skills and athleticism to develop into a starter in the NFL. Stupar’s best fit would be with a team that runs a 4-3 base looking for a boost in special teams that needs a backup WILL like Chicago, Philadelphia, or Detroit.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks INTs Passes Defensed
2011 13 80 5.5 2 2 3
2010 13 73 6.5 2 1 4
2009 13 31 1.5 1 1 0
2008 13 21 1 0 0 1


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