6’4” – 299 lbs. – 5.20e
Became a starter as a true freshman, ultimately spending three seasons with the first team before declaring for the draft. Difficult family situation probably contributed to his decision to declare early. Typically lined up as a five-technique right end for the Tigers on their three-man line; also slid inside from time to time and played some different techniques. Really looks the part of a pro five-technique; has long arms and carries his weight very well. Typically one of the last players off the line, but has adequate movement skills once he gets going. Pretty stout at the point of attack, capable of holding his ground versus power. Flashes the ability to control blockers and collapse gaps. Has heavy hands to discard blockers, although this element of his game is more visible as a run defender. Can lower his shoulder and create congestion to clog the inside in the running game. Flows to the ball well for a bigger player, with perhaps better play recognition than range. Exhibits a good motor in pursuit but isn’t fast enough to really make plays far from the tackle box. Pretty productive rusher, but wasn’t as disruptive as his numbers would suggest. Seemed to frequently be responsible for containing opposing quarterbacks in the pocket. On plays in which he was asked to create pressure, looked like more of a finesse pass-rusher than a bull-rusher; draws some extra attention from teams from time to time. Although he didn’t penetrate into the backfield consistently, has quick hands, usually relying on swim moves but also working rips in on occasion. Mixes outside and inside moves into his game. Capable of slipping between two blockers to create pressure on the inside. Was sometimes schemed open on stunts, generally starting as a nose tackle and looping around to find a clear lane. Could benefit from developing and integrating more counters into his game, as he gets stuck on blocks when his initial move is unsuccessful. Feet occasionally go dead when he’s successfully engaged. May be able to force passers from the pocket, but probably won’t post high sack totals at the pro level. 2013 ACL tear will need to be investigated at the Combine. Very well-built defensive lineman who brings three seasons of SEC starting experience and the strength and discipline to two-gap against the run, but who might ultimately be more of a two-down than a three-down player. Talented enough to be considered on the second day, but arrest for domestic battery might send teams in other directions.
Games watched: Auburn (’15), Texas Tech (’15), Wisconsin (’16)