The talk of the Oregon State football program’s off-season (outside the COVID-19 pandemic and a reworked schedule) has been all centered around Beavers linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. and his rising stock nationally into one of the best talents in all of college football.
Pro Football Network is taking it’s own notice of the prospect and in their own analyst Dalton Miller’s recent two-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, the star on the Oregon State defense was projected as the #30 overall selection by the Baltimore Ravens.
30) Baltimore Ravens: Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE Oregon State
Talk about a fun prospect. Rashed has the fluidity and explosiveness to play in coverage picking up backs out of the backfield and play in zone in the flats and hook area. He can also really put pressure on offensive tackles with his explosiveness. He’s undersized as a true pass rusher, but as a hybrid player who splits time between off-ball and rusher, he’d be a fun chess piece for the Ravens. - Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network
Miller is not wrong in his analysis. Rashed Jr. fits the mold of a hybrid edge type of player, who has the ability to play in space and see players coming out of the backfield. He’s an aggressive tackle for sure and the “fun prospect” moniker could also be very accurate as the 6’ 4”, 240-pounder may be able to do everything from cover on kickoffs to call in signals, depending on where he fits at the next level.
Overall, the great press around Rashed Jr. is so well deserved and somehow it just keeps rolling in. Already this off-season, the linebacker was included on watch lists for the Butkus Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award, in addition to being named a Phil Steele Magazine 2020 Preseason All-American First-Team member and selected as a preseason Walter Camp First-Team All-American.