Four-star recruit who appeared in six games as a freshman and nine games as a sophomore, totaling 10-2.0-0.0 and 16-2.0-0.0 over those seasons, respectively. Enjoyed a more productive junior year over seven games, finishing with a line of 23-4.5-3.0 before declaring for the draft.
Carries his weight well and has at least adequate size/bulk for a pro defensive lineman. Very high-motor, aggressive player who brings a lot of energy to the defensive front. Fires out with plenty of explosiveness and a low pad level, allowing him to knife into the backfield and disrupt rushing attempts on occasion. Keeps his shoulders square and knows when to discard a block and make a tackle when engaged. Has impressive functional strength to create movement with his bull rush. Closing burst is good enough to finish. Active with his hands and shows a swim move that’s already pretty effective. Flashes the ability to maneuver into open lanes and create pressure that way. Looks fast chasing down fleeing quarterbacks. Does a pretty good job of sniffing out screens. Impressive range and speed when chasing from the backside. Gets his hands up to contest passing lanes.
Really has just one productive year under his belt, and was more of a rotational player even then. Might be a little bit miscast in an odd defensive front, so might need to be playing in a defensive line rotation on a team which uses four down linemen. Can be a little bit too reliant on his bull rush to create pressure and can occasionally stall out around the line when that doesn’t work. Aggressiveness is sometimes used against him; hard-charger who loves to attack upfield, which can open up some possibilities for screens.
A very likable prospect because of the intensity and effort he brings to the defense. Should be a good fit for an even front which like their defenders to play with aggression, playing with leverage, explosiveness, power, and activity, traits which gave opponents a lot of trouble this past year. Could conceivably fit in either a one-gap or two-gap defensive front.