DT DeMarcus Christmas, Florida St.

6’3” – 294 lbs. – 5.08

Sustained a season-ending injury and redshirted two games into his first season, then started one of thirteen games played as a redshirt freshman before becoming a full-time starter the following year, posting lines of 21-2.5-2.0, 36-4.5-1.0, and 28-3.0-0.0 while finishing his collegiate career with three years of first-team experience. One-technique nose tackle on the Seminoles’ even defensive front, offering an impressive, pro-ready combination of size, bulk, and length. However, will take snaps as the left defensive tackle or even sometimes as a jumbo defensive end. Pretty much the same player his physical attributes and production suggests. Offers good functional strength, especially in the lower body, and can drop his anchor and hold his ground as a two-gapper in the run game. Gets good extension to lock out opponents and dig in at the line of scrimmage. Works hard on a snap-to-snap basis, with a relatively high level of activity in his hands and feet. Flashes the ability to fire out low, get into an opponent’s pads, and generate some push with his bull-rush, but needs to keep level low more consistently. However, is a limited athlete in terms of his range and doesn’t really factor in heavily on flow plays or screens; his stops come between-the-tackles. Struggled to produce in opposing backfields over the course of his career. Intermittently shows some pretty good get-off, working in a swim move in to penetrate into the backfield, but isn’t always one of the first players off the line and typically ends snaps right about where he started. Stayed in on some passing downs but wasn’t a problem for opposing offensive lines, with a pretty bland bull-rush approach that often left him idling around the line of scrimmage. Didn’t have much more success on stunts/twists and looks like he might have a two-down ceiling at the next level. The latest prospect from a program which has produced a lot of pro defensive tackles, he lacks the standout qualities of past alumni such as Derrick Nnadi, Mario Edwards, Eddie Goldman, and Timmy Jernigan, but has the size and power to make a team as a reserve run-stuffer and eventually challenge for a spot in a defensive line rotation. Low ceiling and relatively common skillset might relegate him to the third day in a draft which is absolutely loaded with defensive tackle talent; would be best in a defense which uses two-gap fronts.

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