BIO: Four-year starter and prior All-Conference selection who played six games as a senior, totaling 35 tackles. Posted 93/11.5/3.5 as a junior after 86 tackles the previous season.
POSITIVES: High-motor defender effective at several linebacker positions. Diagnoses the action, scrapes laterally and is effective in pursuit. Fast to the sidelines, cutting the corners off from running backs. Gets depth on pass drops and displays a feel for coverage.
NEGATIVES: Undersized, gets caught up in the wash or has tackles broken. Suffered a knee injury as a senior that required surgery in December.
ANALYSIS: A vocal leader who competes hard, Derting has potential on the inside in a 34 defense or at the weak side in a one-gap system. Knee injury from last season puts his immediate future in doubt, and he may not play football in .07.