EDGE Florida State 6-4 254 SR #11
GRADE: 91 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 34″ // HAND SIZE: 9 7/8″
40YD: 4.58 (91%) // 10YD: ( %) // VJ: 32″ (43%) // BJ: 10’05” (94%)
BP: ( %) // SS: ( %)// 3C: ( %)
Projection: Starting 7/9 technique DE in a 1-gap scheme is his best fit but he’s scheme versatile and could certainly play 3-4 OLB as a physical edge-setter. Draft projection: Top 15 ~ Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports
Ravens Fit: He threatens the edge most with his get-off. That outside threat is crucial for setting up his speed to power which is devastating. This might be somewhat, but not entirely neutralized by the Ravens scheme. He is an excellent pass-rusher though, he has a good plan and knows how he wins – the Ravens may have to re-make his rush plan a little to suit their scheme but he has exactly the kind of physical, dominant edge-setting they look for as well as athleticism, processing and toughness. He plays like a Raven but the potential adaption to his rush plan makes him fall just shy of a red star.
Overall Fit 4/5
Plays as part of a predominantly 4-man Over front as the 7 or 9 technique, he can move inside and rush over or slightly inside the OT on some passing downs.
Has an excellent get-off in any situation, gets upfield in a hurry mixing vertical explosion, speed and processing to quickly reduce the OL’s time and space. He uses this get-off well to set up other moves as OTs need to be quick to get to their set-points against him. He has an excellent 2nd and 3rd step too. He has a solid rush plan. He knows his best weapon is his speed to power so he utilizes other moves and his footwork to set up that move effectively, mixing in outside moves, which aren’t as consistently effective for him, with inside moves which can be more dangerous. On inside moves he can win against OL with less ability to re-direct and threaten to win against those with better power steps, with just lateral quickness and change of direction. He has quite fluid hips which allow him to execute a devastating spin move to the inside or outside, the spin move being his most effective secondary move.
All of this sets up his speed to power rush which can rock back or even flatten all types of OL, even those with good play strength. He can also work a push-pull move off this speed to power when OL begin to over-correct to neutralize his speed to power. He has great power in his hands and excellent placement – when he goes to the speed to power move, he locks out and this allows him to play with leverage and therefore great play strength. While his hands can remain effective on other moves, he doesn’t play with the same leverage when he deploys other pass rush moves (mainly outside moves and a long arm move he has tried to add) and therefore will only win in these scenarios against lesser competition. He doesn’t have a great deal of ankle flexion so he can struggle to bend the edge and corner to finish on the QB when deploying outside moves but he does have good closing speed. He uses his good speed on stunts and games and can be a real threat when he gets on the move.
He is equally quick off the ball in run situations and processes drive and reach blocks well. He also processes screens and reverses quickly. He strikes hard and fast with accuracy and power when taking on blockers in the run game. He also locks out and leverages his gap with play strength. His excellent hand usage extends to the run game and he can disengage and tackle the runner in his gap. Movement from blockers in the run game can cause him issues as he doesn’t process pullers and traps well and can get sealed by them. He also doesn’t keep clean against cut-blocks. He is a good backside defender and has excellent competitive toughness, chasing runners a long way downfield.
Quick get-off, effective plan wins with speed to power, spin move, push-pull, great UOH but could play with more leverage as a pass-rusher. Strong and physical edge in the run game
SR: 14 Sacks, 7 QB Hits, 52 Total Tackles, 2 FFs
JR: 4 Sacks, 3 QB Hits, 15 Total Tackles (Georgia)
INJURY: “Minor” injury – missed 1 game (JR)