Leighton Vander Esch
Leighton Vander Esch
23-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Dallas Cowboys
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Linebacker duos don't come much more established than Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith were last year, yet Vander Esch emphatically introduced himself as the Cowboys' top linebacker as a rookie, with 140 tackles on just 784 snaps. Some of those stops occurred on special teams, where he played 181 snaps (a figure that will drop in 2019), but even if last year's tackle rate is significantly lowered, Vander Esch projects for gigantic totals now that he'll have a three-down role all year. At 6-4, 256, with elite athleticism, Vander Esch might be the Brian Urlacher of this era. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $11.85 million contract with the Cowboys in May of 2018.
Big effort in return
LBDallas Cowboys
November 12, 2019
Vander Esch recorded 13 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.
ANALYSIS
After missing last week's game with a neck injury, Vander Esch looked in top form as he tied Jaylon Smith for the team lead in tackles while trying to contain Dalvin Cook. Vander Esch has delivered double-digit tackles four times in eight games, and even with the Week 9 absence, he's on pace for 126 tackles this season.
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Measurables Review
How do Leighton Vander Esch's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
256 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.15 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.88 sec
 
Vertical Jump
39.5 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
44.88 in
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 19th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Vander Esch joins a Cowboys linebacking corps packed with talent but also fraught with uncertainty. The Boise State product has outstanding speed and athleticism for his size, giving him plenty of upside in a three-down role as he racks up tackles, handles coverage assignments and makes the occasional blitzing foray. Whether he sees a three-down role on a roster that already features oft-injured Sean Lee and third-year LB Jaylon Smith is the big question, but Dallas' initial depth chart lists the rookie as the starting middle linebacker, seemingly putting him ahead of Smith in nickel packages. There were also concerns about a possible neck issue prior to the draft, but the Cowboys presumably didn't consider him a health risk when they used a first-round pick on him. If the workload is there for Vander Esch, elite production could follow.
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Good to go Sunday
LBDallas Cowboys
November 8, 2019
Vander Esch (neck) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to play Week 10
LBDallas Cowboys
Neck
November 8, 2019
Vander Esch (neck) is expected to start Sunday's contest against the Vikings, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Another limited practice
LBDallas Cowboys
Neck
November 7, 2019
Vander Esch (neck) was limited in Thursday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Limited Wednesday
LBDallas Cowboys
Neck
November 6, 2019
Vander Esch (neck) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
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Missing first career game
LBDallas Cowboys
Neck
November 4, 2019
Vander Esch (neck) is inactive for Monday's road contest against the Giants, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
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