6’4” – 313 lbs. – 5.20e
Transferred to Alabama from East Mississippi Community College as a junior in spring 2014, starting all but one game for the Tide that season. Has played both tackle and end in three-man lines; works as a tackle when the team brings in an extra defensive lineman. Thick, solidly built defensive lineman who fits the profile of a nose tackle in an even front at the next level; listed at 6’4”, but looks a little bit shorter than that. Draws his fair share of double-team blocks on rushing downs. Settles down at the line of scrimmage, using his power to anchor in Alabama’s two-gap scheme. Has good instincts and effective run fits, rarely ending up out of position. Almost never ends up on the ground. Strong enough to control interior linemen and can drive opposing centers into gaps. Doesn’t have the longest arms but gets some extension and sheds blocks thanks to his heavy hands. Capable of making tackles while engaged and can “catch” running backs without being knocked backward; has a strong grip. Not particularly athletic but flows relatively well to the ball. Periodically generates some pressure, but isn’t fast enough to close on the quarterback and finish his rushes; nonetheless, exhibits a strong motor to force passers from the pocket. Works an overhand swim move into his pass-rush repertoire with some success, but usually lacks suddenness and isn’t particularly effective as a penetrator. Often, responsibilities involve staying put near the line of scrimmage and attempting to contain the quarterback in the pocket. Consequently, is probably unlikely to stay on the field in obvious passing situations at the next level. Will get his hands up to contest passes and has done some work on kick-blocking units as well. Will require some background work, as he was arrested for driving under the influence in July 2014 with a reported BAC of .13. Not quite as long or physically gifted as teammate A’Shawn Robinson, but is probably the better football player at this point, with the ability to line up all over the line, control blockers with his strength, and put himself or his teammates in a position to make a play. Has the look of a starting two-gap nose tackle at the pro level, whether in a three or four-man front, but may not be quite long enough to start at the five-technique position for most teams. Limited snaps and inability to generate much pressure on the quarterback may ultimately keep him out of the first round on draft day.
Games watched: Georgia (’15), Tennessee (’15), Wisconsin (’15)