Justin Durant is not just one of the best linebackers at the D1-AA level, he is one of the best players, period. As a freshman, he missed time due to injury, but still managed to finish with 32 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and a sack. As a sophomore he began to show just how good he could be. On the season, was in on 94 tackles, 14.5 for loss and five sacks, along with three interceptions. Durant became a true force as a junior, earning MEAC Defensive Player of the Year honors after posting 124 tackles, 15 for loss, five sacks, and a pick. He became a 3-time honoree for conference defensive player of the year as a senior. Durant had 98 tackles, 13 for loss, and one sack on the year.
Durant is very good at playing in space and letting his natural reactions and speed take over. He is a good athlete, with the speed to run down plays all over the field. He quickly diagnoses plays and flies to the football. Durant has the quickness and ability to change direction to be a factor in pass coverage. He also shows the willingness to s tick his nose in the trenches and make plays in the running game.
Bulk and strength are the two issues with Durant. He has trouble dis-engaging from blocks, which is a problem that will only be exploited at the next level. He can be taken out of running plays once a blocker locks on to him. His lack of bulk could cause him to wear down over the course of a rigorous 16 game season.
Justin Durant is a playmaker at linebacker, but he may need some time to bulk up and get stronger. He has the athleticism and speed to play at the next level, but is a work in progress. The talent is definitely there and is a player to keep an eye on.