6’4” – 250 lbs.
Played only two seasons of football in high school. Appeared in twelve games as a freshman, making three starts and posting 27-4.5-2.0. Earned first-team all-SEC honors the following year and decided to declare for the draft afterward. Was a team captain during the campaign, in which he posted 58-13.5-6.5. Tall, long-limbed edge rusher who often stands up on the edge of odd fronts, rarely going into a three-point stance; frequently playing with a wide alignment which takes advantage of his skill set. Physical and athletic skillset is very good. Not the most explosive mover, but has good reaction times to the ball being snapped, accelerates smoothly, and has the balance and flexibility to challenge the edge with speed. Not a major threat to convert speed to power at this point; more likely to win by varying his approaches, which are pretty diverse for someone with only a few years of football experience. At his best, is capable of setting up opposing tackles and using swipes and slaps to prevent them from getting into his pads. Looks pretty smooth when bending back to the passer. Knows how to use his speed rush to set up spins and inside moves, which were responsible for the majority of his disruptive plays; able to get low and use his quickness find clear lanes inside after forcing opposing tackles to get depth in their kickslide. Pretty active with his hands overall, but would like to see him add a couple of moves and some more counters to his game. Has the length and closing burst to finish his rushes. Doe a good job of getting his hands up to contest passing lanes. Also capable of making drops into coverage, whether carrying opposing backs and tight ends into the flats or working in zone coverage, where he demonstrates fluid hips and good footwork. Gives good effort as a run defender; flashes the ability to lock out opponents and use his hands to disengage, but can resort to throwing his body at opponents from time to time. Attacks blockers but as mentioned doesn’t have a ton of power to his game at this point. Disciplined when working on the backside or left open as the read man on options and package plays. Ultimately more disruptive when he’s pursuing from the backside or left unblocked; may struggle to hold the point of attack when run at. Pretty similar to former Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo, another Tigers sophomore who eventually ended up being a first-round pick; has a pretty rare combination of skills which could also help him find his way into the first round this year, especially because his game is more advanced than anticipated.