DE TAYLOR HART, OREGON

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6’6” – 287 lbs. – 5.00e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 18 – 2.0 – 2.0, 2 QBH, 1 PD
2011: 44 – 3.0 – 2.5, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 2 PD, 1 BK
2012: 36 – 11.0 – 8.0, 1 FF, 2 PD

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then appeared in a reserve role as a redshirt freshman in 2010. Stepped into the starting lineup in 2011, starting all fourteen contests the Ducks played. Then added another twelve starts in 2012, earning an honorable mention All-Pac 12 selection from conference coaches.

STRENGTHS:

•    Productive three-year starter who really stood out as a junior.
•    Very tall, with a relatively thick build, won’t need to add much weight.
•    Began his collegiate career weighing 262 pounds, added lots of bulk.
•    Has played both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Ducks.
•    Does a pretty good job of scraping down the line without losing ground.
•    Capable of anchoring at both positions when opponents run his way.
•    Can two-gap at the defensive end spot, may be able to at the next level.
•    Is even asked to rush out of a two-point stance a few times per game.
•    High-motor player with impressive range to defend screens/scrambles.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Not an impressive physical specimen in terms of musculature/definition.
•    Arms appear to be shorter than usual for a player with his size.
•    Movement skills are adequate but lacks ideal burst or explosion.
•    Initial punch isn’t particularly jarring, doesn’t generally re-establish LOS.
•    Could do a better job of disengaging from blocks by developing moves.
•    May not be a natural fit for most even defensive fronts in the pros.
•    Was significantly more productive as a junior than as a senior.

SUMMARY:

Hart is a versatile prospect who’s been asked to assume various different responsibilities with the Ducks and done a good job at each of them. In particular, he’s an effective run defender despite his height, who can anchor when run at and scrape down the line. His overall movement skills are only average, and his overall build could use plenty of work, but he could realistically project to various different schemes, with the best fit being either a one-or-two-gap odd front. Something of a jack-of-all-trades. RD 4

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