6’3” – 283 lbs. – 4.90e
Started twelve games as a sophomore after working in a rotational capacity the preceding year; has been a starter ever since. Rotates into games along the defensive line for the Tide, roughly evenly distributed between tackle and end. Only rarely lines up in a two-point stance and probably won’t get much consideration as an outside linebacker in an odd front. Has a fairly thick build, but relatively small arms with little musculature. That said, has plus play strength and can ragdoll interior linemen when his hands are inside. Tough player with a high motor; sometimes draws extra blocking attention. Instincts in the run game are a bit lacking; often fooled by misdirection and lacks the speed to recover when caught out of position. Does show some patience in backside contain, however; avoids overcommitting. Doesn’t flow to the ball particularly well. Will pursue plays to the sidelines but doesn’t look athletic enough to make plays there. Looks more explosive when attempting to create pressure, although he’s slow off the snap and not an edge-bending speed rusher who can beat tackles to the corner. Not a particularly creative rusher, but gets good arm extension, keeps his feet churning, and can create some push with his bull rush to walk opposing linemen into the backfield, working in an overhand swim move at times. Ability to collapse the pocket is even more impressive because he often plays a bit upright, sacrificing some leverage. Has active hands and can shed blocks fairly well. Powerful hitter who can separate quarterbacks from the ball. Gets his hands up to bat down passes when he’s unable to create pressure. Draft stock is somewhat difficult to predict because of his unorthodox profile; pretty effective, versatile power rusher with some weaknesses as a run defender, although production against some top offensive line prospects will help his cause. The type of player who may not be athletic enough to really intrigue teams as a defensive end or big enough to make a lot of sense as a regular tackle, but who can do a little bit of both things and should benefit from the success other ‘tweeners such as Malik Jackson and Pernell McPhee have had at the pro level. Might be best rotating into the game as a left end in an even front with two-gap principles, sliding inside on passing downs. Could also get some looks as a five-technique end in an odd front, but might be a little bit too small for that, even with some added bulk.
Games watched: Texas A&M (’14), Tennessee (’15), Texas A&M (’15)