DT DEMONTE MCALLISTER, FLORIDA ST.

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6’2” – 290 lbs. – 4.90e

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted as a freshman in 2009 after spraining his knee, then appeared in a reserve/rotational role as a redshirt freshman the following year, with his responsibilities expanding somewhat as a redshirt sophomore and redshirt junior. Finally stepped into a starting role this season.

STRENGTHS:

•    Began his career weighing 258 pounds; has added 32 pounds of bulk.
•    Gets off the line of scrimmage quickly; frequently before teammates.
•    Capable block-shedder due to hand use, particularly in the passing game.
•    Uses an especially effective swim move when rushing the passer.
•    Does a nice job of getting his hands up to disrupt passing lanes.
•    Strong/active enough to drive defenders back with his bull rush.
•    High-motor, well-conditioned tackle who possesses great stamina.
•    Rangy defender in the run game, also does a good job pursuing passers.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Has never really been productive, aside from a decent freshman year.
•    Underwent shoulder surgery prior to his senior season, missing camp.
•    Probably limited to one-gap defenses as a three-technique tackle.
•    Despite gaining weight, remains undersized for the interior line.
•    Anchor is below-average, struggles to hold up when rushed at.
•    Benefits from playing alongside vaunted tackle Timmy Jernigan.
•    Level of production dropped off from his junior to senior season.

SUMMARY:

McAllister is certainly not among the most productive defensive tackles in the class, but that can partially be explained by Florida State’s defensive line depth. He is an athletic player whose best traits are his explosiveness off the snap and ability to shed blocks via his active hand use, projecting as an intriguing developmental three-technique defensive tackle in an even front, although he will likely be limited to a reserve/rotational role as a one-gap penetrator, with little value to odd fronts or two-gap defenses. RD 5

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