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Tackling machine LB Evan Weaver, out of Gonzaga Prep, selected by Arizona Cardinals in 6th round of 2020 NFL Draft


People who have coached or watched Gonzaga Prep product Evan Weaver joke he can find the football blind-folded.

That nose for tackling has landed the Cal record-holding linebacker an NFL job - to the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round (No. 202 overall).

In fact, nobody in college football has registered more tackles the past two seasons than Weaver - 341, including a Pac 12-record 182 last season.

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Longtime NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang said Weaver was dinged by a slower-than-expected 40-yard dash time at the scouting combine, but added "his instincts make him faster on the field."

Weaver, an all-state high school defensive end in 2015, is the first Gonzaga Prep player drafted in the NFL since running back Bishop Sankey in 2014 (second-rounder to Tennessee).