DL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama

6’3” – 306 lbs.

Originally attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, then transferred to Alabama as a five-star junior college recruit in 2017, becoming an immediate starter and posting lines of 51-4.0-1.5 and 51-13.5-9.5 over the past two years. Tall, thick defensive lineman with short arms. Typically played the five-technique position on Alabama’s defense, usually lining up on the right side of the line; occasionally took snaps out of a two-point stance as well. Often stayed on the end when the team went with four down linemen. Assignment-sound player with good patience and discipline on the edge; doesn’t run himself out of position by getting too aggressive. Has a tough style of play and can hold his own against power when run at. Gets pretty good extension with his arms and uses his hands well to keep blockers out of his frame. Was productive in opposing backfields as a senior but has more of a read-and-react approach which is commensurate with Alabama’s defensive scheme and there isn’t much suddenness or penetrating in his game. Despite impressive senior-year sack production, isn’t a very explosive athlete who is going to win the edge with a quick first step. Not usually the first player to react to the ball being snapped, and doesn’t have much ability to win with speed or quickness. However, flashes the ability to close pretty quickly when a clear lane to the passer is presented on stunts/twists. On many snaps, appears more focused on getting extension, digging in around the line of scrimmage, and containing opposing quarterbacks inside the pocket. Has above-average functional strength and can generate some push with his bull-rush, even converting speed to power on occasion. Gets his hands up to contest passing lanes. Didn’t see him take many snaps as an interior rusher and may not really have the frame for that. A prospect who isn’t as disruptive on a snap-to-snap basis as his statistics would suggest, but who comes with the type of size, strength, patience, and discipline to set a hard edge at the pro level, probably as a five-technique defensive end on either a three- or four-man defensive line. However, average athleticism may relegate him to being more of a two-down/rotational option who comes off of the field on obvious passing downs.

 

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