Displays average closing speed for the position and isn't as rangy as his frame would indicate. Breaks down well on contact. Is a solid wrap-up tackler, isn't overly fluid, but uses his arms well to get into the ball carriers' frame and does a solid job as a drag down guy. Isn't nearly as instinctive as he needs to be to play inside at the next level. Has a tendency to take himself out of plays, struggles to find the football quickly on misdirection and too often is playing from behind.
Is tight hipped in his drop and when asked to redirect in zone and make a play on the football. Does a nice job keeping his feet under him remaining balanced while keeping his eyes in the backfield vs. the pass. However, doesn't have the kind of initial burst and overall range to be overly productive at the next level when asked to play in space.
Impression: Is an undersized linebacker who isn't overly athletic, instinctive or physical and doesn't look like an NFL-caliber athlete."
Positive: Smart, tough linebacker who stacks up well against the run. Effectively diagnoses the action, takes good angles to the play, and shows a sense of anticipation. Gives a lot of effort and throws his body around the field trying to make the stop.
Negative: Too easily caught up in the wash or removed from the action by blocks. Lacks great pursuit speed. Struggled with injuries throughout his college career.
Analysis: Fleming is a solid run defending linebacker who lacks great size and speed and has struggled with injuries. He has a special teams mentality and should be given a look in camp this summer."