Player on the Rise: Lindsey Witten

Written by Rob Engle on September 21, 2009

Lindsey Witten

DE – Connecticut


A player that has been rising up many draft boards recently is UConn’s DE Lindsey Witten. Witten had 6 sacks over the first two weeks of the season and was consistently in the backfield of his opponents, Ohio and North Carolina.

Witten went up against Baylor this past weekend despite showing flu-like symptoms earlier in the week. He wasn’t able to get a sack on the elusive Robert Griffin, but he still had a couple of pressures and three tackles.

Witten was overshadowed by players like second-round pick Cody Brown last year, but he has come on really strong so far and his stock is on the rise. He has decent size at 6-4 and 250 pounds, good speed around the edge, and superb pass-rushing moves, so scouts could look at him as a possible 3-4 rush linebacker.

We will be keeping a close eye on Witten as the season progresses. He started out the season as a possible late round selection, but if he continues to impress he has top 100 potential (first three rounds).

Check back next week for another “Player on the Rise” feature.

Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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