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2012 DT Rankings

April 18, 2012

Defensive Tackle

Prototype in the NFL: Ndamukong Suh

Best In Class

Best Frame: Michael Brockers                          Best Quickness: Fletcher Cox

Best Run Stopper: Alameda Ta’amu                Best Motor: Mike Martin

Best Pass Rusher: Quinton Coples                 Best Mean Streak: Jerel Worthy

Best Burst: Quinton Coples                              Best Technician: Derek Wolfe

1. Fletcher Cox Mississippi St. #94 6’4 298 Jr.

Comparison: More motivated and stronger Tommie Harris

Background: Blocked 5 kicks in his 3 years. Started 27 of the 36 games he played in. 1st team SEC in 2011.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

56

5

14.5

3

1

0

0

2010

29

2.5

5.5

4

1

0

0

2009

29

0

3.5

2

0

0

0

Combine: Is a little thicker than I expected from a guy with his quickness. Doesn’t have that cut body. Had a 1.63 10 yd split which was spectacular (tied with Coples for 2nd after first 15 guys went). Outstanding for his size in multi bag drill. Okay in triple dummy drill-above average for DT. Okay in direction cone drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6040

298

34.5

10.38

4.79

30

26

807

4.53

7.07

92.8

Notes: Starting DT in ’10 in the best conference in America. In the 2011 LSU game had a very athletic play showing quickness and strength to get penetration and shuck RG Will Blackwell aside for QB hit (9:50 1st), good penetration messing up run play for no gain as two guys had to block him due to his quickness (2:06 2nd), solid job trailing WR screen to make tackle after 3 yd gain (12:36 3rd). Has a very NFL like 3 technique body as he is long and svelte. 1st team SEC. In the 2011 Wake Forest game he had good penetration forcing RB to cut in backfield helping ruin inside run, moves to DE on passing downs, solid 3 yd tackle from DE spot going upfield but recovering nicely for trailing tackle on inside run, weak 5.5 sec sack getting okay bull rush and disengaging for sack when QB scrambled-classic coverage sack (13:58 2nd), great penetration bowling over OL for FG block (13:11 2nd), good penetration splitting RG/RT for would be sack but 3 step drop, great burst off DE spot hitting QB at 3 sec on read option but RB had ball, good penetration for pressure, good penetration forcing RB to cut back in backfield and falling down for TFL, great penetration shedding TE and hitting RB for TFL of 2 yds (13:42 3rd), great penetration and pure speed hitting RB on toss left 5 yds in backfield but him diving for -1 yd loss (5:35 3rd), good recognition and elite speed for a DT sniffing out screen and forcing INC as covered RB perfectly (0:04 3rd), beat RT off edge with good arm use getting 4 sec sack but ball thrown. His burst off the ball is elite, his versatility is rare as he seems to get the edge as a DE better than Quinton Coples does, and his frame is tall and skinny making it likely he could add another 10-15 lbs. He could play 3-4 DE, SDE in a 4-3, or DT in a one gap or two gap scheme. That versatility due to his athleticism should make him valued by all 32 teams and could sneak him into the top 10. Right now he’s a mid 1st 1/4/12.

Tape: 2011: LSU,WakeForest

Overall: Last year I noticed two sophomore defensive tackles forMississippiState. Both Cox and Boyd looked like big, strong guys with future NFL careers ahead of them yet neither really seemed to stand out over the other. This year Fletcher Cox changed that as he looked quicker, faster, and stronger than Boyd becoming the best playmaking DT in the country. When he announced he was leaving early for this year’s draft I wrote him in as the #1 DT and assumed others would do the same yet to this point he still is often ranked 2nd-4th among DTs by most scouts. This surprises me as Cox is about as clear cut of a #1 DT as Morris Claiborne is the #1 CB and Trent Richardson is the #1 RB. I don’t have anyone remotely near him in draft grade and while it’s partially due to the fact I think Brockers and Poe are overrated it’s also because I think Fletcher is a special talent. Out of the 33 DTs at the Combine he was first in his 40 (4.79-truly elite as most pass rushers didn’t run a sub 4.8 40!) and first in his 3 cone drill (7.07-the drill shows off quickness and acceleration). This athleticism was evident on tape as well as he has an elite burst and rare movement skills for a guy his size yet is hardly a weak defensive tackle (30 reps) and is just as disruptive in the run game as he is in the pass game. Fletcher’s stock has risen lately so there’s a chance that by the time the draft comes around he’ll be universally regarded as the #1 DT in this draft yet either way I’m keeping the same spot for him as he was #1 at the end of the season and only enhanced his stock with an elite Combine performance. He barely sneaks into the Top 10 as my #1 DT and there isn’t anyone even close 3/29/12.

2. Quinton Coples North Carolina 6’5 ¾ 284 Sr.

Comparison: Kevin Williams

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

55

7.5

15

7

3

0

0

2010

59

10

15.5

12

2

0

0

2009

22

5

6.5

2

0

0

0

2008

8

1.5

3.5

1

0

0

0

Combine: 1st team ACC in 2011. Had a 1.63 10 yd split. Looked very fast out of the blocks. Stumbled but up to that point was shooting through in multi bag drill. Not very good in double dummy drill-tight hipped and I’ve seen it before which makes me think he needs to be a DT. Slow and a little tight in triple dummy drill. Good in direction cone drill-great for his size.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6056

284

33.25

10.25

4.78

25

31.5

901

4.78

7.57

72.1

Notes: 1st team ACC in 2010 and 2011. Extremely tall player who is very skinny at this stage in his development and will need to gain alot of weight to become a legit DT. NC moves him from DT to DE and he seems to do well at both spots using his quickness inside and his strength and length outside. In the ’10 Music Bowl he had a sack as a DE (7:55 3rd), a FF as a DT (5:16 3rd) and a few pressures from both spots. He already looks like a 1st rounder to me 12/30/10. Returning for Sr. year. Enters the 2011 season ranked #5 on my Big Board and my top defender as his versatility to play anywhere on the DL and his unique pass rush ability (15 sacks in the past two years) make him a special player. In the 2011 Virginia game, they lined him up at WDE, had a weird play where he missed the snap count and was a full second later than everyone else yet went unblocked to QB for what looked like an easy sack only to miss him in the kill zone (13:57 1st), couldn’t quite turn corner on LT Oday Aboushi (7:20 1st), great job beating RT in quick hands battle to slip inside and hit QB at 4 sec as he threw it (4:22 1st), gained edge to Aboushi after 2 secs taking advantage of his lunging yet QB threw quick (7:06 3rd), couldn’t gain edge vs. Aboushi and was pancaked as he dipped his shoulder (3:50 3rd), personal foul for late hit (12:30 4th), took forever to win edge vs. RT but eventually did and laid a big hit at 6 sec on QB as he threw the ball (6:48 4th), and had a 3.5 sec hit on QB completely juking RT with outside move to set up matador like wave and a miss on inside rush (0:20 4th). In the 2011 Louisville game had a great stack and shed vs. LT Alex Kupper to tackle RB for 1yd (7:31 1st), took a very wide angle around TE instead of through on 3rd and 2 creating huge hole for easy 1st down, blocked initially by Kupper but showed his elite quickness jumping off block at the last sec to get tackle for 3 yd gain (7:33 2nd), plowed over TE running right into RB to knock him backwards setting up TFL for teammate-totally destroyed play (6:16 2nd), amazing tackle getting pushed inside and doubled by Kupper and LG yet pushing his way out to get RB for 2 yds on 2nd and 3!-had to rewind play twice as I couldn’t believe he had made the tackle (1:24 2nd), offsides, won edge vs. Kupper on speed rush and showed elite bend around corner nearly getting sack with QB stepping up and shrugging off sack barely (0:50 4th). In the 2011 Georgia Tech game he showed outstanding speed for his size getting cut at LOS but getting up to trail RB on left toss making tackle 10 yds downfield (9:07 1st), good hustle getting speedy scatback RB after 8 yds on toss sweep to his side, good run support pushing OT out of way to get RB for no gain (10:50 2nd), and got really frustrated in game getting doubled and chopped the entire time without getting to actually rush the passer. In the 2011 Clemson game I again rarely noticed him win the edge vs. OTs, did have a 5 sec sack but negated as he grabbed the facemask (11:03 3rd), 4 sec sack on pure speed rush vs. LT also getting FF (8:00 3rd), solid spin move getting 6 sec pressure, and again I noticed him get down on the sidelines. This is a bad sign for a guy I, and all other scouts, have had in my top 5 all year long. It seems to lack an elite burst, isn’t trying as hard this year as previously, and worst of all looks like not only not a leader but a bit of a downer who has to be picked up by his teammates. This is a very big red flag 10/22/11. Had 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and a FF as DT in Duke game proving my point he’s a much better under tackle than WDE. In the 2011 Missouri game he had a good TFL lining up at DT and being too quick for OG getting right by him (5:27 1st), good rush as DT again battling through OG block to force QB to rollout and throw away, average speed chasing RB on pitch play-he’s big, strong, and quick but doesn’t have too much of a burst, good rush getting outside edge vs. LG but double teamed to end it, great strength pushing off LT to get edge but showed lack of burst and average agility taking numerous false steps and unable to bend path to QB for sack allowing throw off (11:54 2nd), beat RG inside but QB dumped ball off, got edge on QB inside run but either was too slow or too lazy to get TFL as he looked to be in position but missed allowing 8 yds (14:17 3rd), solid swim move around pulling OG to hit QB as he threw for tipped ball INT by teammate (12:50 3rd), good stack of edge run for no gain, shed LT immediately for TFL on run at him, got around LT quickly but QB rolled other way, didn’t lag or complain as much as in the Georgia Tech game but was hardly the vocal leader you would want. He beat his man consistently but at DE just doesn’t have the speed, burst, or quickness to track down a QB like Franklin and lacks the bend to cut the corner on the edge. I’ve said it pretty consistently that he is a much better 4-3 one gap DT than DE and this game showed it again. Top 10 though at either position as he is a physical freak 12/26/11. Senior Bowl: Day 2: Blew OT Jeff Allen off the ball 3 yds instantly in a drill. 1×1: Couldn’t get edge (as DE) vs. OT Zebrie Sanders then tried bull rush and push pull move but couldn’t get around for loss-almost small loss though b/c did get near cone (-3). No rush initially on inside move vs. Sanders who held well bu then showed his elite strength throwing him aside for would be 5 sec sack-small win b/c it took so long (+1). Barely gained inside edge vs. Allen pushing through for win (+3). No rush initially vs. Allen but battled through later hold and turned corner to cone for win-turns from small win b/c of hold (+3). 11×11: Took wide arc and easily got around Sanders for quick sack, pushed Allen well into backfield forcing RB outside and ruining play, forced by Sanders to take very long route to QB with ball thrown before he got there. Day 3: Seemed very cocky but semi quiet as well in interview. Pushed OT Cordy Glenn back a bit but neither dominated the other in drill. 1×1: Good quickness getting inside edge vs. Glenn at OT and penetrated not quite getting to cone so only small win (+2). Couldn’t get edge vs. Glenn at OT then did nice spin move to get inside rush but only after 4.5 sec so small loss-rarely can get the outside edge vs. OTs as a DE which again proves to me he’s a stud one gap DT (-2). Small push only on bull rush vs. Glenn but did nice dip of shoulder to get inside and get late 4 sec sack for small win (+2). 11×11: Good penetration beating down block by TE for TFL on run play, no rush vs. Glenn on bootleg the other way-couldn’t disengage, good tenacity vs. Sanders not getting initial edge (never does) but eventually won after 2nd or 3rd push pull for late pressure, shocked me by getting pancaked by OT Matt McCants on run play away, good quickness avoiding Glenn shooting off ball on run play, good job pushing back Sanders on edge then grabbed RB as he went by on outside but blatantly grabbed facemask AND held on?, no rush vs. Sanders trying push pull again unsuccessfully, got edge instantly vs. Sanders who down blocked then tried to shoot out and probably got 4 sec sack but unsure as he stopped trying as he got near QB? 2011 Senior Bowl Game: He got the start at DE, good pressure fighting through TE down block on rollout his way getting in QBs face, run blocked easily by LT Mike Adams on inside run, ran wide and out of play on inside draw, again rushed wide going out of play on inside run, pushed hard inside by RT Mitchell Schwartz then pancaked on inside run (10:26 1st), pushed away and nearly pancaked on double team led by LT Senio Kelemente, solid swim move got him right around Senio but was inside run, good job jumping and tipping ball at LOS for INC on 3 step drop, solid inside rush vs. RT Keleche Osemele forcing hold-not called, blocked well by Senio on draw but play messed up and QB slid then 2 sec after play he hit him for PF-really dumb play by him, great job coming back one play later from PF to avoid cut block of Senio then get around LG Tony Bergstrom easily for 4 sec sack (5:50 2nd), gained edge immediately on RB screen causing pressure, got edge vs. Kelemente on run forcing it inside but couldn’t quite turn corner to go after RB who then went inside, no rush vs. Osemele but timed jump well and batted ball at LOS on quick slant, couldn’t get edge vs. Osemele but was held and had facemask a bit, no rush in 4 sec vs. Kelemente, no rush in 5 sec vs. Schwartz-couldn’t get edge and push pull didn’t work, ran wide around OT on inside run going right out of play, slightly gained edge vs. Osemele and was working toward QB at 4 sec when thrown, got edge vs. Kelemente but only by really wide arc going well past QB at 5 sec, stacked Osemele well with run right at him forcing hold, no rush in 4 sec vs. Osemele, good job disengaging from Osemele and making 4 yd diving tackle from behind RB, went right around Osemele on very nice inside move forcing early throw with quick 4 sec pressure (10:15 4th), flash of greatness bursting out of stance and throwing aside Osemele for quick TFL-moments like this make you think he still is a top 5 pick (5:00 4th).

Tape: 2011:Virginia,Louisville,Georgia Tech,Clemson,Missouri, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Coples is going to be one of the more fiercely debated players in this draft as he has so many issues to work through that some might give him a top 5 grade and others wouldn’t touch him until the 2nd round. The first issue a team has to work through is an issue I’ve yet to hear even mentioned this offseason and that’s what position to play him at. He cut weight this offseason and came into the Combine at 284 lbs so that he could state his case that he’s a DE. Yet I’ve said for 2 years now that his best position is as a one gap DT as he lacks the bend or initial burst needed to be a quality right defensive end and doesn’t seem motivated enough to play left defensive end where a player has to battle through both a tight end and right tackle on the majority of plays. As a one gap DT he would use his superior quickness and length to exploit mismatches with interior linemen while having the frame (6’5 3/4 284-easily could bulk up to 300) and strength (25 reps) to handle the run responsibilities. Whether it was last year when he played at DT more than at DE or the Duke game this year when he slid over there for some reason in that game, his best production came as a DT not a DE. It appears that he wants to play right DE and has spent this offseason trying to prove it (he never moved to DT in one on one drills at the Senior Bowl even though many players did to highlight their versatility) yet his best position is at DT. The next thing a team has to go through is his “lack” of production as a senior which to me is a non issue. In 2010 he had 59 tackles, 10 sacks, 15.5 TFL, and 2 FF yet in 2011 he “embarrassed himself” with 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 15 TFL, and 3 FF? I’ve read so many articles about how poor of a season Coples had but in reality his numbers were nearly identical to the year before. Some might argue that similar numbers is a letdown as a senior is supposed to have dramatically superior numbers to previous years but Coples 2010 numbers were elite so to basically match them is fine by me and this continues to be more myth than truth. Yet while a team shouldn’t think twice about his 2011 production they should have a long discussion about his 2011 effort as he was far from a leader on defense like his coaching staff would have wanted and expected from their highly rated senior but instead was often the first player to be found sulking on the sidelines. Both in the Georgia Tech game and the Clemson game he basically checked out of the game as he wasn’t into it emotionally and had to have teammates come by to cheer him up. This to me is the big issue with Coples as I would never draft a player in the top 5 whose effort was ever questioned and I would have trouble even spending a top 10 pick on one, no matter how talented they are. I watched about half ofNorth Carolina’s games and the vibe I got was that the coaches weren’t putting the players in the best position to succeed and the players were often dogging it. Whether it was an open rebellion, a small circle of players quietly rebelling, or just a subconscious situation that they weren’t aware of it was obvious that Coples didn’t try his hardest and was a cancer at times to that team. Every team will have a slightly different take on Coples as there is a lot to work through but my take is that he was in a pretty bad situation the past two years, showed that he never will be a leader, showed that he lacks toughness, but also showed how talented he is as he put up great numbers this year despite not always trying. Coples is one of the 5 most talented players in this draft and while I do worry about his lack of leadership, toughness, or positive attitude I think that he could be coached up to be a Pro Bowl DT. He drops below Fletcher Cox who has a similar level of talent without the issues but I just can’t drip him any further than a Top 20 grade as my #2 DT since his talent is just so immense 4/3/12.

4. Kendall Reyes UConn #99 6’4 1/8 299 Sr.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

46

4.5

13.5

3

0

0

0

2010

39

2.5

10

2

1

2

0

2009

37

3

6

1

1

0

0

2008

20

1.5

3

0

1

0

0

Combine: Good 40 (4.95) and looked tall and lean. 1st team Big East in 2011. Very smooth and had eyes up in multi bag drill-one of the best DTs. Solid quickness and strength in triple bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6041

299

33.25

9.5

4.95

36

34.5

905

4.53

7.43

97.6

Notes: 1st team Big East in 2010 and 2011. Has an NFL body. In the ’10 Fiesta Bowl vs. OU he was double teamed on nearly every play. Had great penetration but missed the TFL on Murray (4:34 2nd). Senior Bowl: Day 1: Threw aside overextended OG Tony Bergstrom on inside run, 1×1: Beat Kevin Seitler easily on outside edge (+4), battled with Seitler initially getting stoned but working by the end into victory-albeit 4 sec move victory (+2). 11×11: Beat Seitler on edge getting pressure forcing QB to scramble. Day 2: 1×1: Blew right by Setiler on outside edge then showed elite bend for a DT to get inside to QB for quick win (+4). Good initial push then great spin move attacking the entire time vs. Seitler for quick win (+4). 11×11: Good penetration vs. OG then chased after QB scrambling on other side of field showing elite speed for a DT, walled off well by Seitler on inside run. Day 3: 1×1: Beat C Rishaw Johnson on edge with quickness then bulled through to turn corner to cone for quick win-looked quicker and stronger than him (+4). Good bull rush from DE spot vs. OT Senio Kelemente getting to cone after 4 sec for win (+3). 2011 Senior Bowl Game: He got the start at DT, walled well by LG Will Blackwell on inside run, good initial penetration vs. RG Philip Blake but couldn’t turn corner and pushed outside, initial penetration vs. down block of RT Zebrie Sanders but ridden outside again, pushed back initially by Blake but then surprisingly shed him to get penetration, good penetration as RG went for 2nd level block then shed Blackwell on pull to make no gain tackle on inside run (7:05 1st), penetrated but off balance and down block by Sanders pancaked him creating big hole for +10 yd inside run, pushed out of play by down block of OT Jeff Allen, no push vs. LG Cordy Glenn but then got edge and had late pressure, good penetration on fake sweep left shooting hole and getting pressure forcing throw away, got outside edge vs. RG James Brown and looked much more explosive compared to Billy Winn exploiting it getting to QB super quick forcing INC (3:31 2nd), beat Blackwell on inside but C there, no rush vs. Brown in 3 sec, good push vs. Blake getting him near QB in only 3 sec, pushed away from inside run by Sanders on down block-definitely one gap guy, very nice spin move getting right around Blackwell for pressure (1:55 4th), great bull rush pushing back Blackwell and diving for 4 sec sack of QB late in game (1:50 4th). Out of the 10 DTs at the Senior Bowl he was #3 (Ta’amu, Howard, Reyes, Martin, Thompson, Wolfe, Winn, Randle, Jerrod-Eddie, Powell) as he showed explosiveness and very underrated strength which will allow him to be more versatile than most one gap DTs. His best fit though is in that scheme. Had a spectacular Combine with great numbers across the board as he had the 5th best 40 time out of the 33 DTs (4.95), 2nd most reps (36), 2nd best vertical (34.5), and best broad (9’5).

Tape: 2011: Senior Bowl Practices and Game 2010: OU (Fiesta Bowl)

Overall: Kendall very possibly gained more from the Senior Bowl than any other player as he knocked boots with the big boy OL from the top 4 conferences and more than held his own ending as the 3rd best DT out of the 10. That not only was good in and of itself but also set him up down the road so that when he dominated the Combine one month later scouts didn’t just dismiss him as a small school workout warrior but already were familiar with him from the Senior Bowl. Now it’s just a matter of how high Reyes can go as I think he’s that rare guy who can play a two gap or one gap scheme and play them both very well. He reminds me a bit of a poor man’s Fletcher Cox as they both have great explosion and burst yet both can bench the house and, unlike Dontari Poe, their weight room strength translates to the playing field so they’re both the rare one gap DT who is just as lethal on run downs as on passing downs. Due to this versatility, his very impressive stats the past two years (85 tackles, 7 sacks, 23.5 TFL, 1 FF, 2 INT), being 1st team All Conference back to back seasons, his very good Senior Bowl week, and his great Combine performance I am very comfortable stretching my neck out a bit and giving him a Top 25 grade as my #4 DT 4/2/12.

5. Jared Crick Nebraska #94 6’4 ¼ 279 Sr.

Background: Redshirted in 2007. 0/9 as backup DT in ’08. First Team Big 12 in 2009. 14/14 earning 2nd team All American and First Team Big 12 in 2010.

Stats: Big 10 in 2011, Big 12 in ’08-‘10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

22

1

2.5

1

0

0

0

2010

70

9.5

14.5

7

1

0

0

2009

73

9.5

12.5

14

0

0

0

2008

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Had a 1.69 10 yd split. Solid in multi bag drill. Good bend in double dummy drill. Very quick feet in triple dummy drill-best of DTs by far. Loose ankles and very quick for his size in direction cone drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6042

279

32

10.13

4.99

 

31

808

4.4

7.47

72.3

Notes: Had an incredible Soph season in ’09 playing next to Suh (70 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 BK). Had a 13 tackles, 5 sack game vs. Baylor showing the potential he has. It will be interesting to see if his #’s go up or down as he will be a year older but will surely face more double teams with Suh gone. GBN “Got off to a slow start but came on as the season progressed, finishing the season with 9.5 sacks. Crick isn’t as big or strong as Suh, but is very quick and just as relentless.” Has great agility and short area burst for a guy his size. Needs to be in a one gap scheme as his strength is his quickness and he isn’t great (though isn’t bad) at anchoring vs. the run. In the ’10 Holiday Bowl vs. Washington he went up against Ryan Tolar and had a QB pressure (2:20 1st), as well as numerous other plays that he broke into the backfield causing disruption but no statistics. He is clearly an elite DT if put in a 1 gap scheme where he can use his quickness. I already grade him as a 1st rounder 1/3/11. I love his consistency as he has had 70 tackles and 9 or 9.5 sacks each of the past two years showing the body of work scouts drool over. Goes into 2011 as my #11 player and #2 DT behind only Quinton Coples. Took a hit to the head vs. Washington and missed the next game with many feeling he hasn’t been the same since giving rise to ideas about a concussion. In the 2011 Wisconsin game had a TFL on first play throwing aside OG Travis Frederick (14:55 1st), not picked up somehow and went straight to QB almost getting 3 sec sack but Russell Wilson made a quick move and he flew by as he went too fast (13:42 1st), blocked well for 4 sec by Frederick, fought off initial double team then 1×1 vs. Frederick to make tackle on RB for short gain (5:55 1st), moved back only a bit by double team, nearly got TFL pushing through on penetration vs. left sweep but RB Monte Ball broke arm tackle (3:00 1st), solid stack and shed to Frederick but kept him occupied enough to not make tackle, great push up the middle to block extra point (9:40 2nd), no rush vs. Konz quitting early as QB rolled away from them (3:55 2nd), diving tackle of RB on shovel pass saving at least 5 yds, looking tired on run play barely fighting with OL (7:55 3rd), he didn’t play in 4th Q? In the 2011 Ohio St. game he showed elite strength being blocked by OT Mike Adams and shoving him aside with one arm to get free to trail play (12:15 1st), looked tired on 3rd and 7 in mid of 1st Q not even trying to rush? (7:30 1st), run blocked for 6 yds by Adams with RB going right behind him (5:10 1st), good trail on TE screen blowing through JB Shugart’s attempted block and diving for tackle that he barely missed which would have saved a 32 yd TD (1:58 1st), completely pushed away from play by Adams going 3 yds the opposite way (7:46 2nd), beat LG on move inside but pushed back by double from C (14:00 4th), lost helmet and came up bleeding from the mouth leaving the game (6:47 4th). He doesn’t look like the same player at all looking average vs. Wisconsin and invisible against Ohio State. It must be the head injury he suffered earlier in the year b/c Crick has been a 1st round caliber DT each of the past two years so the 1 year wonder label doesn’t really apply to him 10/14/11.  In the2011 Ohio St. game he tore his pectoral muscle right off the bone yet went back in for 3 more plays before removing himself again. The injury ended his season but he should be 100% by January so maybe he will be in the Senior Bowl or at least will take part in the Combine.

Tape: 2011:Wisconsin,Ohio St.,Penn St.,Iowa 2010 Holiday Bowl vs.Washington

Overall: Going into the 2011 season Crick had a Top 15 grade as my #11 player and #2 DT in the country. He had that grade due to his quickness, strength, and short area burst that made him a perfect candidate to play in a one gap penetrating defensive scheme. Yet in 2011 the injury bug bit him as he had a sprained knee in spring practice, suffered what most scouts think was a concussion in the Washington game, which hampered him in that game and the next few games as well, and then suffered a torn pectoral muscle vs. Ohio St. ending his disappointing season. My grade of him will be affected as he didn’t play well at all but it won’t be affected nearly as much as other scouts grade on him as his 2009-2010 dominance is still fresh in my mind. After the 2009 season (73 tackles, 9.5 sacks) he had a borderline 1st round grade but I wanted to see him continue to be productive now that Suh was heading to the NFL. In the 2010 season he proved his dominance wasn’t just based on playing next to Suh having basically the same season (70 tackles, 9.5 sacks) and pushing him into the middle of the 1st round for his draft grade. I’ll knock him a bit for his 2011 season but you can’t argue he’s injury prone as he avoided them his first 3 years, you can’t argue he’s a one year wonder as he had one of the more productive 2 years for a DT you’ll find, and you can’t argue his skill set doesn’t translate because he has the quickness to be a one gap DT in a 4-3 and should regain some of the weight he lost due to his injury and bulk back up into the 290 range which would make him an ideal candidate as a 3-4 DE as well. Crick is a player that likely won’t be drafted in the 1st round due to his injury plagued year but unlike a Bruce Carter type situation a team should have a 100% healthy Crick by the time training camp rolls around so his injury won’t impact his rookie year. Also there’s so much tape of Crick dominating that I don’t feel a team would really even be gambling on him as scouts with any kind of memory can remember the elite player he was the previous two seasons. I’m suspecting Crick ends up being drafted in the 2nd round somewhere and proves to be one of the bigger steals of this draft as he was more consistent and productive than either Michael Brockers or Dontari Poe and will probably be drafted 30 picks later than either of them. An underrated player due to his injury plagued season who still gets a late 1st round grade as my #5 DT 3/29/12.

3. Michael Brockers LSU #90 6’5 322 Soph

Comparison: Marcus Stroud

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

54

2

10

4

1

1

0

2010

25

0

1

1

1

0

0

Combine: Looked slow in his 40 both eyeball and official (5.36). Had a 1.77 10 yd split. Very athletic though a bit tight in multi bag drill-great for his size. Okay in double dummy drill. Very good strength in triple dummy drill but a little slow and tight. Slow and tight in direction cone drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6050

322

35

9.13

5.36

 

26.5

809

4.81

7.46

71.9

Notes: Oldest of 5 children who is from Houston, TX. In the 2011 Mississippi St. game was pancaked by RG Quentin Saulsberry with one arm shivvy (1:13 1st), pushed OG back consistently until he was able to disengage for the 6 sec coverage sack (8:16 3rd), good TFL on QB run-unsure if this is a sack or not (1:40 3rd). In the 2011 Georgia game (SEC Championship) he showed his incredibly long arms when battling with interior line-has good but not great strength, doesn’t seem to have any real idea of how to attack, got close to QB and out arms up forcing INC-will have a ton of batted balls in his career, poor recognition of end around getting turned wrong way, first good play of game-disengaged from OL and made no gain tackle of RB on outside run showing quickness (3:11 1st), good rush splitting double team and getting outside edge vs. C forcing QB to step up in pocket, had back to back TFL late in 2nd Q, batted ball at LOS, this play shows his potential that gets people so excited as he held the OG at arm’s length keeping great separation then disengaged and dove for no gain tackle on RB-few DTs have that combination of arm length, size, and quickness (14:53 3rd), pancaked on next play showing his inconsistency, John Chavis said he wouldn’t trade Brockers and Logans for Haynesworth and Henderson (Tennessee back in the day). He’s a raw, talented DT with a bright future but was far too invisible in this game to be given the kind of praise Chavis gave him.

Tape: 2011: Oregon, Mississippi St., Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama 1, Alabama 2

Overall: Brockers is one of the two fast rising DTs that went from relatively unknown to potential Top 10 pick. I personally don’t understand why Brockers even came out as I watched 8 of their games this year and almost never noticed him. He’s a guy that has elite talent but is so raw I would be very uncomfortable even taking him in the late 1st, let alone the Top 10. Yet I wouldn’t be shocked if someone did as he’s a guy that seems to keep getting bigger (weighed 306 this season but came to the Combine at 322) while keeping his amazing athleticism for a guy his size. The first thing I noticed about him when watching film was his long arms as he has absolute vines growing out of his shoulders and there are times when he can hold an interior lineman at bay 3 ft from him and be in complete control of his opponent. Moments like that intrigue me to no end but when he isn’t doing that he often is completely invisible. He and Tannehill will be the two biggest roll of the dice players in this draft as they both flash Pro Bowl skills but even more often looked bad. For a potential Top 10 pick Brockers was pancaked more than any player I’ve ever graded. He also shows a lack of instincts as he often was found rushing the wrong way with an end around or counter run confusing him.I see the elite talent as he’s quick, long armed, strong, and still appears to be growing yet he only has 2 career sacks and 11 TFL! I don’t even have to research it to know that he would be one of the least productive Top 10 tackles in history and I just question why a team wants to draft a project that high in the draft. His saving grace though is that he does have a strong motor and his long arms make him at minimum a run plugging DT who will bat a lot of balls down at the line of scrimmage yet I see him as a huge gamble. One of the riskiest picks in this draft as he’s a huge boom/bust type with All Pro talent but an incredibly limited track record. I don’t take projects this raw in the 1st round so unlike most scouts who have a Top 10 or 15 grade on him I have him as an early 2nd rounder as my #5 DT 3/29/12. Update: I moved him up to a Top 25 grade as my #3 DT as I studied more tape and am more comfortable with him, though he still is a project. It’s a gamble but he has All Pro ability and unlike Poe I think Brockers will achieve or get close to achieving his full potential 4/16/12.

6. Alameda Ta’amu Washington 6’3 348 Sr.

Comparison: Kris Jenkins

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011 

30 

3.5 

2010 

39 

1.5 

2009 

19 

2.5 

4.5 

2008 

21 

Combine: He also has short arms like Poe but isn’t much more top heavy and not nearly as impressive body wise to Poe. Didn’t run his 2nd 40 due to injury. Very good in change of direction drill, elite for his size. Honorable Mention Pac 12 in 2011. Poor in multi bag drill but only average when factoring in his weight. Solid quickness and strength in double bag drill. Barely punched bags which surprised me but looked to have good bend in triple bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6030

348

32

9.75

5.37

35

26

807

 

 

60.2

Notes: Massive man who reminds me of a poor man’s Halot Ngata and is a very solid run stuffer. Had a good ’10 Holiday Bowl vs. Nebraska with a fumble recovery and long return in the 1st Q, a sack (10:51 3rd), and forcing a hold that resulted in a safety (13:45) showing his surprising quickness and athleticism. I already have him rated as a 4th rounder 12/31/10. Starter 5 games as a freshman. Showed great agility for such a large man on his sack vs. LSU in the ’09 opener. In the 2011 Stanford game he had good push vs. C getting 4 yds deep getting hand in Luck’s face, got penetration vs. OG David DeCastro but pushed that way and pancaked as run was outside, very nice push on C instantly getting him back 3 yds but was outside run so didn’t affect the play, pushed back by DeCastro on inside run play. In the 2011 Baylor game he had solid rush around C Phillip Blake for pressure, bull rushed Blake back 4 yds showing great strength (13:35 1st), at 3-4 DE he had solid rush move on RG getting edge and forcing scramble, good trailing 5 yd tackle seeing hole for QB and knocking him down saving yardage, good instincts backing up from C and going after RB in other hole-not quite fast enough but few DTs do that showing he read the play quickly, solid speed, great for a guy his size, on pressure of QB rollout, good push of Blake 3 yds into backfield but was rollout by QB. His size, quickness, strength, and hustle impress me yet he falls into that trap of being a great physical specimen without great production and few large DTs are more than space eaters at the next level. If playing a 3-4 where a huge NT is paramount then I can see giving him a 2nd round grade otherwise he’s a 3rd rounder 1/14/12. Senior Bowl: Day 1: Knocked C Michael Brewster back 3 yds on inside run forcing cut in backfield by RB, knocked Brewster back 5 yds on outside run-just a huge superiority in strength. 1×1: Good initial bull rush vs. OG Kevin Seitler but once he reanchored he didn’t move for small loss-did keep fighting after his helmet came off (-3), slowly pushed him back all the way past cone for win (+3). 11×11: Outstanding play getting penetration then sniffing out screen and showing solid speed (great for his size) to get near play despite being far from play initially, no rush vs. Brewster-he’s fast and strong but solely a run stopper and bull rusher. Day 2: 1×1: Good bull rush vs. C Joe Looney for win as he got him back very quickly 5 yds (+3). Good bull rush again vs. Looney getting right to QB for win (+3). Good initial push vs. Brewster but couldn’t move him anymore after that for loss (-3). 11×11: Too quick for down block of Seitler getting into backfield quickly to mess up run play. Day 3: 1×1: Surprised me with good quickness gaining outside edge vs. OG Johnnie Troutman and bending (sort of) on swim move to get to cone for solid win-more quickness than power (+3). 11×11: Offsides, elite penetration beating down block by OG Senio Kelemente and nearly getting TFL on sweep away from him. 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Spectacular play (play of the DL so far this game) throwing aside C Ben Jones and hitting RB right after handoff for 4 yd TFL-great quickness to go with his elite strength (5:21 1st), no rush vs. double team, great quickness beating LG Cordy Glenn to get penetration that ruined inside run (3:16 1st), surprisingly got good push vs. Glenn with two behemoths battling knocking him back 5 yds, good penetration but sideswiped by pulling OG, no push or rush at all vs. C William Vlachos, no rush or movement again vs. Vlachos, very impressed by immediate penetration getting past Brown and diving at QBs feet after only 3 sec! (1:30 2nd), good initial push vs. Jones but then reanchored and turned to no rush, good penetration but pushed well away and walled by Blackwell on inside run, no real rush but got the double of Blackwell and Jones 4 yds into backfield-very good bull rush, good initial push vs. double team but nothing else in 4 sec, good penetration on sweep left so out of play but shot through there quickly on backside, great push knocking Allen back 4 yds in 3 sec, looked very fast for a man his size trailing the WR screen. Out of the 10 DTs at the Senior Bowl he was #1 (Ta’amu, Howard, Reyes, Martin, Thompson, Wolfe, Winn, Randle, Jerrod-Eddie, Powell) showing elite strength to go along with underrated quickness as he was very difficult to downblock and ruined numerous run plays due to his quick penetration. He now looks like a 2nd rounder 2/15/12.

Tape: 2011: Stanford, Baylor

Overall: Alameda is a player that has been on my radar the past 3 years simply because of his size. It’s rare to see 6’3 248 lb NTs in college let alone guys with good quickness and a solid motor so Alameda has been easy to spot for awhile now. Yet I worried that he would fall into the trap a lot of bigger NT types fall into as they are important to a team as they occupy blockers and free up linebackers yet rarely impact a game statistically, are usually only used on 2 downs, and tend to have short careers. Looking at the careers of bigger DTs it’s pretty easy to see that their success rate is very low and they tend to be overdrafted by teams in need of bulk who hope they can luck into the rare space eater with playmaking skills. Yet after watchingAlameda at the Senior Bowl, where he was the best DT out of the 10 at the event, I came to the realization that he is much closer to the Phil Taylor/Haloti Ngata types than he is the Gabe Watson/Pat Sims/Alan Branch type. His quickness is very underrated as countless times this season and at the Senior Bowl he was too quick for a down block by a OT and able to get penetration in the backfield. His best position will be as a space eating NT who is difficult to move even with a double team but unlike most he should be able to stay on the field on 3rd downs as a pocket collapsing bull rusher. This dramatically increases his value as does the fact that he’s the rare big DT who has a good motor and doesn’t come with some type of red flag.Alameda isn’t the sexiest pick for a team but a 3-4 team should covet his space eating ability and even a 4-3 team should covet his rare blend of size and quickness. 2nd round as my #6 DT 4/2/12.

7. Brandon Thompson Clemson #98 6’2 314 Sr.

Comparison: Brian Price

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011 

47 

2010 

41 

7.5 

2009 

27 

2.5 

2008 

16 

Combine: Didn’t run his 40 but did position drills. Okay in change of direction drill but not as fluid as Ta’amu before him who is 34 lbs heavier. A bit out of control but very fast in multi bag drill. Very strong in double bag drill. Good strength in triple bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6020

314

33.5

10

 

35

31

804

4.71

7.97

70.7

Notes: A quick and strong DT who is very good at disrupting plays in the middle. In the 2011 Florida St. game he was pushed to the side to create running hole then pancaked by C Bryan Stork (12:01 1st), quick penetration off ball but run was inside, showed great hustle trying left edge then right vs. Stork but just couldn’t get around him (0:30 1st), very quick move off snap avoiding Stork and pushing through another blocker for tackle of short gain on 3rd and 15 (7:00 2nd), elite quickness off the snap shooting at C pushing him back and extending his long arms to immediately force a double team opening lanes for other rushers (2:41 2nd), got really low causing pile up in front of him on 3rd and inches to force punt, blew past RG on initial move but showed his average speed getting to QB allowing C to come around to block him-doesn’t look fast enough to be an elite 3 technique (9:07 3rd), good sack on stunt with other DT going around slowly for 5 sec sack beating Stork (12:20 4th), showed great strength pushing Stork nearly into QB on pure bull rush (7:23 4th). In the 2011 North Carolina game I never noticed him once in the first half, purposely studied him in the 2nd half and he almost never beat his guy, easily blocked a few yards back from LOS by LG Jonathan Cooper (6:20 3rd). In the 2011 South Carolina game he showed solid strength pushing OG back then good speed trailing QB on keeper hitting him as he was going down after 8 yds, I’m noticing improved effort on his part but again he is strong and has an okay burst but doesn’t seem to make many plays, not in on 4th and 1 play?, big hit on QB for TFL when he did an accidental stunt with other DT on read option. In the 2011 West Virginia game he had great penetration on first play on defense blowing past C on end around nearly getting TFL, poor job holding spot with RB going through one of his two holes for easy walk in TD-either too aggressive or not quick enough, good instincts getting quick rush then dropping back on screen helping force INC, good penetration but missed RB in backfield for TFL-again just not quite quick enough, elite TFL blowing past C and thumping RB just as he got handoff-top 10 type play (4:25 2nd), great quickness on penetration diving 3 yds into backfield but missing end around, good anchor vs. inside run for short gain, good penetration but missed TFL on cutback by runner-seems to miss in kill zone a lot. He always impresses me with his frame and strength but this time also showed off elite quickness. Somehow he rarely makes plays though and I don’t know if it’s being just not quick enough to be a legit one gap DT, it’s the scheme, or what but the fact is he always flashes elite talent yet at the end of the game has few plays to show for it. Still an incomplete grade but is looking more and more like a high upside tease in the late 2nd/early 3rd round 1/12/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Good bull rush vs. OG Will Blackwell getting near cone but stumbling at end for small win (+2). Small push on bull rush vs. C William Vlachos but got edge and worked it well to get to cone for win (+3). No push at all vs. Blackwell getting edge finally at 4 sec but small loss instead of small win b/c he was handled well the majority of the time (-1). Couldn’t get edge and only got small push for small loss (-2). Day 3: 1×1: Very quick move avoiding lunging C Philip Blake to get edge and ride around him for win (+3). Good bull rush battling with OT Jeff Allen at OG and barely getting to cone for win that was almost small win (+3). Steady push back vs. OT James Brown (at OG) but very slow and unable to get to cone for small loss (-2). 11×11: Pancaked by C Ben Jones on run play, steered away from run play by Vlachos-eventually disengaged but after play was over, good penetration beating down block of OT Zebrie Sanders when OG pulled out from in front of him for TFL, Vlachos again controlled him on run keeping him engaged, unable to get any push. 2011 Senior Bowl Game: He got the start at DT, no push vs. RG Kevin Seitler but eventually he fell down-was rollout other way anyways, good penetration getting past down block of RT Mitchell Schwartz forcing RB to go to other hole on inside run, good job holding ground on inside draw vs. C Mike Brewster disengaging for would be 2 yd tackle on RB Chris Polk but he broke it, great job not being moved by Seitler and Brewster then shedding Brewster to make no gain tackle on Polk, pushed back by Seitler on inside run at him-tried to shed him and was a violent battle but basically got blocked, no rush vs. Seitler on bull rush, good quickness with penetration beating down block of RT Keleche Osemele, no rush vs. RG Rishaw Johnson on 3 step, run blocked well by Johnson for 3 sec but finally shed him-play over, no rush at all vs. Johnson, run blocked well by Osemele, beat LG Johnnie Troutman immediately shedding him with move but C helped, actually pushed back by Troutman on pass rush-a rare thing to see, couldn’t disengage from Brewster on inside run right at him, pancaked by Osemele on down block, no rush in 4 sec vs. Seitler, no rush vs. Seitler/Brewster double but when Ingram helped draw attention away he got lane and dived at QB’s feet forcing him back in pocket for sack, pancaked by Brewster on penetration, great penetration shooting gap when RG in front of him pulled to get TFL at handoff-great quickness for a guy his size (3:55 3rd), good battled but blocked well by Brewster on inside run at him, doubled initially then one on one with Brewster on inside run at him and pancaked, couldn’t get outside edge vs. Johnson and pancaked when going back inside-has happened 4 times by 3 different players! Out of the 10 DTs at the Senior Bowl he was #5 (Ta’amu, Howard, Reyes, Martin, Thompson, Wolfe, Winn, Randle, Jerrod-Eddie, Powell) and, considering he was rated as a first rounder by many scouts, one of the bigger disappointments this year. He did show his usual intriguing blend of size/quickness yet was pancaked far too regularly for a guy his size and again showed that he lacks the quickness to make plays himself and is really more of a guy that creates traffic. He’s a solid DT but again showed me that he’s overrated.

Tape: 2011:Florida St.,South Carolina,North Carolina,West Virginia

Overall: At 6’2 314 Brandon Thompson doesn’t look like a tweener as he’s a big, strong player who should fit right in at DT yet unfortunately for him a tweener is exactly what he is. He’s been one of the more difficult players in this draft to figure out as every game I watch of his I notice a big framed guy with good strength and a noticeable burst who has 1st round talent yet at the end of almost every game I realize that I rarely noticed him and he made few statistical plays. It took me awhile but I think the reason goes to his Combine quickness drills where he was very poor with a 4.71 shuttle and a 7.97 3 cone drill with the 3 cone drill being the 2nd worst among the 24 DTs who partook in the drill (9 avoided it). Quite a few times he penetrated into the backfield yet wasn’t quick enough to get the TFL as he struggled in the kill zone. He seems to be a good enough athlete to make people assume he can be a one gap penetrating type but in reality he lacks the athleticism for the role and will probably be mediocre at the role. Yet the problem arises when he loses that role as the penetrating type as he doesn’t have the greatest motor, a necessity for a lunch pail space eater type,  and both in his senior season and at the Senior Bowl was pancaked on a semi-regular basis. He has a good base and is thick throughout yet lacks balance and seems to regularly end plays on the ground. No one will mention him as a tweener yet that’s exactly what he is as Brandon is big but not big enough to be a huge 3-4 NT and is athletic but not athletic enough to be a one gap DT. It leaves him as a guy who can do a little of everything but nothing really that well and has me much lower on him than others, some of who consider him a late 1st round talent. I see the talent as at times he looks and plays the part of the big, strong, fast DT yet far more often seems uninterested or unable to dominate a game like his skill set warrants. Due to his tweener status and his underachieving career to this point I have him as an early 3rd rounder as my #7 DT with boom/bust potential 4/2/12.

8. Jerel Worthy Michigan St. #99 6’2 3/8 308 Jr.

Comparison: Dan Williams

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

31

3.5

10.5

3

0

0

0

2010

40

4

8

2

0

0

0

2009

37

4.5

9

1

0

0

0

Combine: Had solid 40 (5.08) but a great 10 yd split (1.64). All over the place but okay for a DT in change of direction drill. 1st team All American in 2011. Started well but tripped and fell in multi bag drill. Good bend for a DT and strong punch in double bag drill. Okay in double bag drill. Average in triple bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6023

308

33

9.38

5.08

 

28.5

811

4.56

7.6

65.5

Notes: Has tattoo on his arm with a Spartan on top of a dead wolverine. Solid athlete for a guy his size who is thick throughout. Doesn’t seem to have the athleticism to be a one gap DT so will be a 3-4 DE or a 2 gap DT with good mobility. In the 2011 Michigan game he began the game with an offsides, okay penetration on toss left but didn’t effect play, solid initial penetration but ridden wide and away from run play by LG and not quite quick enough to get WR on reverse when he came right by him (14:55 2nd), offsides, got off C David Molk’s block after 2 sec but run was away, no rush in 5 sec, got penetration vs. RG but pushed away and pancaked, good penetration vs. LG grabbing RB in backfield and throwing him actually for a 2 yd gain but still showing great strength (11:00 3rd), no rush in 5 sec. I understand why scouts like him as he is big, strong, and aggressive but he rarely got any pressure on the QB and wasn’t much of a factor in the run game either. I will have to see him again to make sure but he seems highly overrated to me. Initial grade is a 6th rounder 10/21/11. In the 2011 Iowa game I didn’t notice him in 1st half except on one good penetration that he barely missed a TFL on and a blocked FG at the end of the half. In 2nd half he had a good penetration pushing LG deep into backfield ruining off tackle left (13:27 3rd), is a very intimidating guy who is definitely a raw raw leader type, offsides. In the 2011 Ohio St. game he shot through hole and had straight shot at QB but got juked and didn’t even touch him, he had a great play swim moving the RG then blowing up the FB in the backfield to ruin run play and get TFL on RB (2:5 1st), great jump of the snap count shooting through the hole as it was snapped going untouched to the QB for a sack (4:15 2nd), he continues to show a lack of athleticism that will keep him from being a one gap DT but he was very physical in this game and showed a great motor and good strength giving his team a toughness inside. In the 2011 Georgia game he was pushed and controlled on run play by LT Cordy Glenn, okay tackle 10 yds downfield on run play-didn’t really hustle as he jogged there but still he made the play, good initial push vs. C Ben Jones jarring him back 3 yds then trailing 0 route, good job avoiding Jones block trailing play to get tackle on TE for 2 yds on 3rd and 3, good push on LG 3 yds into backfield ruining run play, easily blocked by Glenn on run play-inferior strength and not enough athleticism or technique to get away, good arm shivy of RG but C doubled him, good jar of Jones but easily walled on inside run, good stack and shed for TFL of RG (7:00 3rd), quick burst off snap and strong bull rush of LG getting near QB and messing with throw helping force pick 6 (1:55 3rd), offside-3rd and 10 late in game so big penalty. In every game this year that I scouted MSU I came away thinking Worthy was overrated and William Gholston, not Worthy, was the best DL on the team. Same opinion as he has an elite frame but an average game. 3rd round 1/19/12.

Tape: 2011:Michigan,Iowa,Ohio St.,Georgia

Overall: Worthy has been on my overrated list all year and while I no longer consider him a 6th round talent like I did early in the year I still wonder how some scouts have a 1st round grade on the kid. Jerel does have 4 things going for him as he has a good frame (6’2 3/8 308), is a great leader, has a good motor, and is a tough, strong kid who gives a team a physicality in the middle. Unfortunately he lacks the speed and quickness to consistently get penetration, he had 3 straight years of good production that never improved to great, and while he’s strong he isn’t “collapse a pocket every down” type strong. Worthy looks like a future solid starter at DT who is an emotional leader for his DL teammates and helps to shut down a team’s running game. Yet he looks like a 2 down DT to me and in the 4 games I watched I rarely saw him stack and shed players to cause a lot of disruption. He’s more of a space eater who hammers on the OL in front of him yet makes few actual plays and is easily contained by good OL. There’s nothing wrong with a team taking Worthy in the 3rd round or later as I do think he’ll be a capable starter at a difficult position to fill but there’s no reason to take him any higher than that as he just won’t be a big playmaker in the NFL. 3rd round as my #8 DT 4/3/12.

9. Mike Daniels Iowa #93 6’0 291 Sr.

Comparison: Mike Neal

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

66

7

13

4

0

0

0

2010

40

4

11

3

0

0

0

2009

10

1.5

1.5

0

0

0

0

2008

6

1

1

0

0

0

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6000

291

32.5

9.63

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.5

Notes: In the 2011 Michigan St. game had great strength on bull rush of C pushing him back 4 yds in backfield (4:11 1st), solid mobility down line on run away from him showing good trail ability, solid rush on sliding line right to protect QB rollout, nice inside push on run but was to other side, very nice penetration getting around RG to hit RB in backfield dragging him down for no gain (13:40 4th). Had sprained ankles all year he was fighting through so bowl game was his first 100% game in awhile. In the 2011 Oklahoma game he had a great TFL shooting through OL immediately at snap then tracking down RB on toss sweep away from him showing great strength by essentially tackling him with one arm for 7 yd loss (4:10 1st), elite 3.5 sec sack getting around double team pushing off RG then wrestling through C Ben Habern to get sack (14:40 2nd), almost go 4 sec sack on next play again fighting through both guys to force quick throw, elite 3 sec sack bull rushing C 5 yds in backfield then disengaging him for quick takedown in kill zone-arguably the most dominant DT sack I’ve seen all year (11:10 2nd), great penetration pushing OL back 3 yds but barely missing TFL on designed QB run, great 2 yd tackle on inside run stacking and shedding RG.

Tape: 2011:Michigan St.,Nebraska,Oklahoma

Overall: Mike Daniels is looking more and more likely to end up being one of the bigger steals in this draft. His production in 2011 (66 tackles, 7 sacks, 13 TFL) put him in the elite category for the position yet it’s important to realize that those elite numbers were made despite playing on two severely sprained ankles that limited his effectiveness. His only game in 2011 where he was 100% was the bowl game against Oklahoma and he put on a show with two very impressive sacks, a 3rd TFL in the run game, and barely missed out on a 3rd sack settling for a pressure. His combination of quickness, strength, and technique was elite and makes me curious how productive he could have been if healthy the entire year. Some will complain about his lack of height and arm length but in a one gap scheme it shouldn’t affect him and he has longer arms than Dontari Poe, Alameda Ta’amu and numerous others. For such a dominant DT he’s rarely been mentioned by scouts making me think he’ll be drafted in the mid to late rounds yet he’s a great technician, has underrated strength due to his squat body, and is a very quick player who I think has the versatility to play in a one gap or two gap scheme but would be best served in a one gap scheme. One of the more underrated players in this year’s deep DT class. 3rd round as my #9 DT 4/2/12.

10. Devon Still Penn St. #71 6’4 7/8 303 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

55

4.5

17

2

1

0

0

2010

39

4

10

0

0

0

0

2009

19

2

5.5

0

0

0

0

2008

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Plays too high. Looked very tight in 40 but had a good 40 (5.08). Cousin Art Still was a DL for Chiefs. Levon Kirkland is related to him as well. 1st team All American in 2011. Solid in multi bag drill. Didn’t do drill correctly in triple bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6047

303

33.25

10

5.08

26

29.5

 

 

 

65.9

Notes: In the 2011 Alabama game had good penetration hitting RB Trent Richardson as he got the handoff yet couldn’t make the tackle as he bounced away for 3 yds (7:24 1st), too quick for William Vlachos penetrating and getting huge hit for TFL on Richardson as he got the handoff (8:23 2nd). Isn’t a real fiery, vocal leader but has taken on that mantle in 2011. In the 2011 Houston game he had good penetration but 3 step drop so just got pressure (10:30 1st), solid job jumping trying to bat ball at LOS-their drops are so quick he has little chance to get to QB, shown cussing out his teammates telling them to “wake the fuck up” when they got down 17-0, good job beating double team getting pressure but ball out at 4 sec, beat RG and held-called. He had a quiet game but that was to be expected from a pass heavy team focusing on the short passing game. I really like his frame, strength, and quickness but need to see more before I can give a grade. INC 1/3/12. Went back and watched him vs.Ohio St. to get a final grade on him. In that game he was used as a one gap DT and allowed to penetrate on nearly every down yet rarely seemed to make plays or show much explosion. He also has a thin lower body making him scheme specific as I don’t see his body type anchoring vs. the run very well and all of my notes mention penetration by him so it backs it up. Still looks like a future starter in a one gap scheme who has a lot more versatility than a Jaye Howard but isn’t as explosive so might be a guy who is better at more things but worse at the one thing a team really drafts him for. Still a difficult grade for me but overall I’m not impressed.

Tape: 2011:Alabama,Ohio St.,Houston

Overall: Devon Still might have the most fluctuating grade in this year’s draft as I’ve heard him get interest from top 15 teams and also heard him called a mid to late 2nd rounder. Both of those grades are a bit too high for my liking as Still is a player that flashes at times on film but is inconsistent, has a thin lower body, and isn’t an elite athlete making me question if he’ll be anything more than an average starter in the pros. I will admit though that Still has been one of the more difficult players in this draft to grade as his numbers (55 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 17 TFL) this year are elite, he plays for a good program in a top 4 conference, and he does flash great ability yet at the end of the day I wouldn’t recommend him to a GM. His best bet will be in a one gap scheme where he can roam like he was allowed to do at Penn St. yet teams that run that scheme usually prefer top level athletes in that spot and Still doesn’t qualify. It will be interesting to see where he’s drafted at this April and even more interesting how he performs but to me he’s too risky for his limited upside. 3rd round as my #10 DT 4/2/12.

11. Jaye Howard Florida #6 6’3 301 Sr.

Comparison: Arthur Jones

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

65

5.5

10

4

0

0

0

2010

28

2.5

10

0

0

0

0

2009

28

1.5

3

1

0

0

0

2008

8

1.5

2.5

0

0

0

0

Combine: Very skinny for a DT but not necessarily in a good way as he has thin legs and arms showing why he’s a one gap only type. Nice burst and showed with a 1.72 10 yd split. Very quick feet in multi bag drill. Good strength and explosion in double dummy drill. Very good in double dummy drill. Very quick in triple dummy drill. Solid in direction cone drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6030

301

33

9.88

4.82

24

27.5

810

4.47

7.32

80.7

Notes: In the 2011 Tennessee game had a great TFL on penetration lining up at NT over stud C James Stone yet showing too much speed and quickness on 3rd and 1 (6:15 1st), got into it with OL personal foul (0:00 1st), blew by OL on half mix up half his quickness for easy sack (5:16 3rd), good push to bat ball down at LOS (3:40 4th). In the 2011 LSU game he wasn’t noticeable except when he jumped offsides on 3rd and short giving them a free 1st down, had a big hit after 5 sec as QB threw the ball (14:20 4th), his lack of big plays is even more disappointing as PJ Lonergan left the game early so he went up against the backup C. In the 2011 Florida St. game he pushed through down block from LT then chased down bootlegging QB for sack (13:37 3rd), good penetration but run play was to other side yet b/c he was in the backfield he easily fell on fumble. In the 2011 Ohio St. game he got into it on first play with LT Mike Adams after getting pushed back easily on run play, solid penetration avoiding RT JB Shugarts down block, walled off and moved easily by Shugarts on inside run, very quick stunt going outside and around Shugarts forcing QB up in pocket for sack by teammate-missed in kill zone but had bad angle, good speed and elite hustle catching TE screen +30 yds downfield after pushing up the middle on the rush (14:15 2nd), stacked and shed C but play away from him, elite 4 sec sack breaking through LG and C and showing speed to wrap up QB and throw him down for 12 yd sack-timed snap count (1:04 2nd), pushed C Michael Brewster down and he took him with him for hold, good pressure wrestling around RG then attacked C to get hand in face of QB, good trailing tackle of scrambling QB for 6 yds. He impressed me with his speed and athleticism for a DT and while the scouting community is mixed on him I still like him as a one gap DT in the right scheme. If you play a one gap scheme he’s a 3rd rounder if not I would be hesitant to take him earlier than the 5th as he would be nothing more than a pass rush specialist as he isn’t good at holding blocks or setting the edge so a 3-4 DE or two gap 4-3 DT would cause poor results. 3rd round but scheme specific 1/10/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Good initial move gaining outside edge vs. OT Cordy Glenn (at OG) but couldn’t keep pushing him back or get full around him getting stoned for loss (-3). Beat Glenn at OG  on very quick spin move for quick win (+4). Great quickness getting outside edge vs. OG Will Blackwell and dipping shoulder for win (+3). Couldn’t get edge vs. Glenn (at OG) who stayed in front for loss (-3). Beat C Philip Blake at OG on outside edge getting up and under move for win (+3). 11×11: Beat C William Vlachos on edge getting into backfield for quick sack, great penetration for near TFL on RB but didn’t have ball as QB kept it on naked bootleg-the kid is everywhere and up with Ingram and Upshaw as the best DL so far. Never showed him on day 3? 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Great quickness getting outside edge vs. LG Tony Bergstrom to get pressure forcing QB to leave pocket (2:20 1st), great quickness not getting rush vs. C Mike Brewster but only due to quick feet and did force him back a bit, great quickness again shooting hole before down block could touch him-did get knocked away once LT Mike Adams got a hold of him though, no rush vs. LG Johnnie Troutman then got into it with C Mike Brewster, great job throwing aside Brewster to make no gain tackle (12:35 3rd), withstood a nice punch by Troutman and made a great spin move off to get 3 yd tackle on RB-great play as he beat a very solid block (8:12 3rd), couldn’t disengage from run block by Brewster with play right at him, great push on inside run getting Brewster back so far it ruined run forcing RB to cut in backfield (6:30 4th). Out of the 10 DTs at the Senior Bowl he was #2 (Ta’amu, Howard, Reyes, Martin, Thompson, Wolfe, Winn, Randle, Jerrod-Eddie, Powell) as he was nearly unblockable in one on one pass rush drills due to his quickness, technique, and underrated strength. He doesn’t have the strength to be scheme versatile as he still needs to be in a one gap defense but once he penetrates he showed the strength to hold his position. Talent wise he’s arguably a late 1st rounder but I still worry about his motor and inconsistencies 2/15/12.

Tape: 2011:Tennessee, LSU,Alabama,Florida St.,OhioSt., Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Howard kept up the momentum he had from his Senior Bowl dominance, #2 DT out of the 10 at the event, with an outstanding Combine performance that was one of the better ones among this year’s deep DT group. At 6’3 301 with ’33 arms Jaye has the size to be a legit DT yet guys that big aren’t supposed to nearly run a sub 4.8 40 (4.82). That speed and quickness translates to the field as well as he has outstanding penetrating skills and should fit well in a one gap scheme as an under tackle like a Tampa 2 scheme uses. It’s important he be used correctly though as time and again he looks bad when trying to occupy blockers and hold gaps and looks great when shooting holes and causing havoc. He’ll either need to be in the right scheme or paired with a big, space eating DT who can complement him by doing the tasks he’s poor at as his lack of ability to occupy blockers isn’t so much about a lack of effort on his part as it is his physique which is of skinny legs and narrow shoulders that allow him to slip blocks but also inhibit his ability to hold his ground. Used correctly Jaye has similar skills as Fletcher Cox yet unlike Cox Jaye lacks versatility and might end up only as a pass rush specialist at DT. Hopefully he goes to the right team as he has unique talent that can cause slower interior OL major issues due to his elite quickness and good technique. Late 3rd round as my #11 DT though is very scheme specific 4/2/12.

12. Dontari Poe Memphis 6’3 ½ 346 Sr.

Comparison: Ryan Sims

Stats: C-USA

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

33

1

8

5

1

0

0

2010

41

2

6.5

3

0

0

0

2009

27

2

7

0

3

0

0

Combine: Is a squat body with elite thickness to him but also very short arms (’32) which scare me a bit. Shocked everyone by running a sub 5.0 40 (4.98) at 348 lbs. Showed his elite athleticism dropping in coverage vs. Southern Miss and looking good. Almost lost his britches running the 2nd time-great lower body thickness. Incredibly quick in multi bag drill. Average in double bag drill. Good bend and solid quickness/strength in triple bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6034

346

32

9.63

4.98

44

29.5

809

4.56

7.9

79.9

Notes: 2nd team C-USA in 2011 and Honorable Mention in 2010. In the 2011 Tulane game he stayed strong not getting pushed away from run play and clogging hole for short gain tackle by teammate, poor recognition of WR screen and didn’t show elite speed by any means trying to catch up to it (4:18 1st), good spin move but was WR screen so dropped back to help, quick move getting edge on RG but 3 step drop, good job getting low and pushing through OL to hit RB in backfield for TFL-one of only 8 he had all year! (14:34 2nd), very good spin move for would be pressure or sack but again was quick pass (13:55 2nd), very good bull rush getting RG 5 yds into backfield (3:18 2nd), unable to disengage from OL when RB ran right by him on draw-he almost never uses his hands as I’ve yet to see him stack and shed, swim move, push pull or anything, good spin move  on LT when lined up as 3-4 DE spinning inside for would be sack but again a quick throw (8:41 3rd), got into it with LG after play was over exchanging shoves, lined up at DE quite a lot yet never gained edge or even got close with his one pressure coming from a nice spin move which seems to be his go to move as he uses it a lot, on cue he had a nice spin move getting pressure vs. RT (5:52 4th). He looked incredibly raw never using his hands, having no real understanding of how to rush a passer, and surprisingly not looking strong on film. That was the biggest thing I took away as at 350 lbs you could see his quick feet and his agility but I didn’t notice his strength except on 2 or 3 plays. That’s very surprising coming from a guy who did 44 reps at the Combine. In the2011 Arkansas St. game he was definitely more active showing his quick feet to penetrate and showing more of his strength pancaking an OL numerous times yet he again showed no hand use, poor recognition of where the ball was, and his 44 rep strength still didn’t seem to transfer fully. He looked stronger than in the Tulane game but, considering his level of competition, I still would have to say that his weight room strength doesn’t transfer which is a huge deal as his 4.98 40 is only amazing because he’s 346 lbs and had 44 reps. Take away his great strength and you have a big, agile player with no real understanding of how to make an impact. This kid is so ridiculously raw!

Tape: 2011:Tulane,Arkansas St.

Overall: Dontari is highly likely to be the most overrated player in this draft. Right now mock drafts have him going as high as the 5th Overall Pick despite the fact that he played for a lesser conference in C-USA and never even earned 1st team All Conference (2nd team in 2011, Honorable Mention in 2010). He’s almost 100% workout warrior and projection as there is so little for a team to go by on tape that it’s downright absurd. He is incredibly raw showing almost no use of his hands in any form. For a 350 lb guy who had 44 reps at the Combine he rarely shows above average strength let alone elite strength on tape. He has quick feet and a nice spin move yet in 3 years against lower level competition he has only 5 sacks and at the next level will probably have an even tougher time due to his short arms (’32) which were the 5th shortest of the 33 DTs at the Combine. His meteoric rise is so difficult to comprehend that I actually am beginning to think it’s a bit of a wink nod by some GMs hoping to sucker a dumb GM to waste their 1st round pick on him. Yet unfortunately that is where he’s likely to be taken as some team will have a raw player who doesn’t run as fast or play as strong as he tests out at and who has poor recognition of where the football is, plays with poor leverage often rising up immediately at the snap of the ball, and has a complete inability to use his hands. He will likely rarely see the field as a rookie and the team will only be able to hope that he develops quickly so that he becomes a serviceable starter in his 2nd year so they can stop the criticism which will be launched at them. Poe has great tools to work with and someday could be a very good player but even if everything works out I think it’s unlikely he ever becomes a Pro Bowler and that’s the best case scenario. The more likely scenario is that Poe becomes the biggest bust of this draft and causes a GM to get fired. Late 3rd round as my #12 DT 4/2/12.

13. Travian RobertsonSouth Carolina #42 6’4 1/8 302 Sr.

Comparison: Randy Starks

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

49 

2.5 

2010 

42 

10 

2009 

2008 

17 

2007

7

0

0

1

0

0

0

Combine: He didn’t participate in the drills for some reason.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6041

302

32.25

10.13

5.32

30

26

806

 

 

58.2

Notes: Noticed him on film numerous times in the ’10 Chick Fila Bowl vs Florida St. as he was extremely strong and consistently got a good push in the backfield vs. Ryan McMahon (C), shot thru a gap for a nice TFL (13:56 2nd), Is very mobile for a man his size who tracked down ballcarriers many times from the backside of plays. Already have him rated as a 5th rounder but should return to school 1/4/11. In the 2011 Nebraska game he had no rush at all from DT spot-looked slow and uninterested, no rush at all on 6 sec cov sack-just has no burst or creativity on rushes, okay bull rush ending in 6 sec coverage sack with teammate as well (2:00 4th). I was not impressed with his average strength and burst. Free Agent 1/21/12. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he was ridden by RG Ben Heenan on fake sweep to the left then pancaked-possibly just fell down, strong bull rush of Heenan pancaking him and diving at QBs feet to help force INC (1:12 1st), pushed Heenan well back again, re-directed and walled off from run away by C David Snow-helpless, stacked and shed Heenan for 1 yd tackle-great strength at POA, shed Heenan again even with double team help by C, good push vs. C Moe Petrus then shed for 1 yd tackle-very strong again at POA (6:00 2nd), good push on Heenan, pushed Heenan 4 yds back nearly to QB on quick throw, too quick for RT Marcell Jones down block going sideways to make 1 yd tackle, good push on Heenan nearly stacking and shedding but run was just far enough away, pushed Heenan well back-everyone did in this game but he did the most and the easiest, good push on Heenan ruining run play as was deep in backfield. Out of the 8  DTs at East-West Shrine Game he was one of the best at #2 (Harris). Moves back up to the 5th round where I once had him as he had a bad game that I caught but he flashed in previous games and was very tough to block in this All-Star game 1/24/12.

Tape: 2011:Georgia,Clemson,Arkansas,Nebraska

Overall: Travian is one of the few prospects in this draft that I’ve seen a lot of and still am unsure about. After watching him in 2010 (his superior statistical season by the way) I thought he was a 5th rounder already and would probably have settled into the 3rd round by the 2012 Draft. After watching him in a few games in 2011 I had a completely different view of him as he didn’t appear to have as much strength or burst as I initially saw and he was rarely noticed on film. Luckily I was able to see him one more time in the East-West Shrine Game and he put on a display looking like one of the best DTs there and showing the great blend of strength and quickness I noticed before. His extremely different levels of play from game to game when I scouted him would make me assume he’s an inconsistent player but he actually looks to have a good motor and his past two years of productivity (91 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 18 TFL, 1 FF) is borderline elite. He became even more intriguing as he came into the Combine at 6’4 302 and had 30 reps showing he has the size and strength to possibly be a two gap DT if his playmaking skills don’t pan out. I could see him being a great candidate for a 3-4 team as he has that rare combination of height, weight, and quickness that shouldn’t be overpaid for but is surprisingly rare to find. I still have trouble determining if Travian is an underrated sleeper who deserves a 3rd round grade or will simply be an average starter or quality backup type DT who deserves a 5th round grade so I’m putting him in between as his game film has me somewhat flustered. 4th round as my #13 DT 3/30/12.

14. DaJohn Harris USC #98 6’3 306 Sr.

Comparison: David Carter

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

22

1.5

7

0

0

0

0

2010

35

3.5

5.5

0

1

1

0

2009

14

0.5

2

0

0

0

0

2008

1

0.5

0.5

0

0

0

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6030

306

33

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

47.8

Notes: In the 2011 Minnesota game had nice penetration and TFL when pocket collapsed and QB started to scramnble (4:55 1st), nice batted ball at the line (6:30 2nd), and lined up at DE and had TFL as unblocked on running play (5:33 2nd). Looked to be the best DT on the team, ahead of more highly rated Christian Tupou 9/7/11. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had very quick penetration beating down block by RT Bradly Sowell but was sweep other way, beat LG Jeremiah Warren on sweep that way for no gain tackle, nice initial jolt of RG Derek Dennis on run then disengaged and trailed on sweep, beat Dennis on outside edge but inside run so handled, good hustle fighting around double team then getting trailing tackle on QB scramble, pushed hard initially by LG Desmond Wynn but shed right after for quick 2 yd tackle (2:00 2nd), shed Wynn immediately for TFL-way too quick for him (1:14 2nd), good push engaging LG and LT and nearly getting edge, shed Warren immediately on inside run. Out of the 8  DTs at East-West Shrine Game he the best at #1. 5th round who only isn’t higher b/c I’m always hesitant about these types who never produced then have a great postseason (David Carter last year) 1/24/12.

Tape: 2011:Minnesota, Notre Dame, Stanford

Overall: Harris is in a similar vein to David Carter out of UCLA last year in that they flash 2nd or 3rd round ability but weren’t very productive and were some of the bigger underachievers in college football. Harris has good strength and great quickness for a DT with his size (6’3 306 with ’33 arms) and at his best looks like a one gap DT who can also anchor against the run relatively well. Yet the question then becomes why was one of the more athletic and talented DTs so marginal in his production, especially in his final season (22 tackles, 1 sack, 7 TFL). It helps to see that he was a little more productive as a junior (35 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 5.5 TFL, 1 FF) yet neither season really shows the productiveness a team hopes to see from an early round pick. Just like Carter last year he went to the East-West Shrine Game and put on a show having convinced me by the end that he was the best DT their yet a DT with a questionable motor is a huge red flag and isn’t helped by David Carter’s invisibility this year as a rookie in the NFL. I think Harris is a stronger, more motivated David Carter type but one I can buy into a bit more as his production was better, he anchors against the run better, and he seems to have  a better motor though it still is a question mark. Talent wise he’s probably a late 2nd rounder but due to his lack of consistency he drops to the 4th round as my #14 DT 3/30/12.

15. Logan Harrell Fresno St. #77 6’2 1/8 276 Jr.

Stats: WAC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

71

6

17

11

3

0

0

2010

46

10.5

14

0

1

0

0

2009

17

2

3.5

2

0

0

0

2008

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pro Day: 3/20/12

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6021

276

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: All WAC 1st Team in 2010 and 2011. Had 10.5 sacks at his DT position and is thickly built making him solid against the run. Consistently got a push against the OGs of Northern Illinois. From the tape on the ’10 Humanitarian Bowl I would rate him higher than Chris Carter who is far more well known. Doesn’t shed blockers as well as he should as he often was in position to make a play yet the RB went by him as he wasn’t able to shed in time. Also his average speed was evident at times on film. 5th round.

Tape: 2011: None 2010:Northern Illinois

Overall: Logan is an ultra productive, undersized DT who will likely be a late round draftee but deserves much better. His production the past two years (117 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 31 TFL, 4 FF) rivals  any DT in the nation and the WAC isn’t the toughest conference in the nation but isn’t that bad either. At 6’2 276 he has the size to stay at DT as a pass rushing specialist and should be able to add weight if a team desired it. In 2010 I rated him higher than more heralded teammate Chris Carter, who was drafted in the 5th round by the Steelers, and still think he deserves a superior grade. He’ll have to be in a one gap scheme or be a pass rush specialist initially but I feel he has the talent to develop into a capable starting DT and is deserving of a 4th round grade as my # DT 3/30/12.

16. Dominique HamiltonMissouri #90 6’4 ¾ 313 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

56

3

7

3

0

0

0

2010

20

1.5

2

0

0

0

0

2009

46

1

5.5

0

0

0

0

2008

17

0

0.5

0

0

0

0

Combine: Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2011. Below average in multi bag drill. Slow in double dummy drill. Slowest of any person in triple dummy drill. Very slow and awkward-almost fell down- in direction cone drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6046

313

33.13

10.25

5.54

31

 

 

4.78

7.82

68.3

Notes: When he got hurt their D struggled mightily against the run. Suspended 1 game for getting a DUI. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had good strength throwing aside RG Rishaw Johnson on inside run but teammate already got TFL, initially blocked by C Quentin Saulsberry but got off it to trail, no push vs. RG Derek Dennis, good push on Saulsberry on inside run getting him 3 yds in backfield-a very strong run stopping DT, very good strength vs. Dennis and able to disengage after a few sec-like two bears battling as it was a fierce set of punches, solid athleticism on stunt getting edge vs. LT Jeff Adams. Out of the 8 DTs at East-West Shrine Game he was one of the best at #3 (Harris, Robertson). 5th round 1/24/12.

Tape: 2011:Arizona St.,North Carolina,Texas Tech

Overall: Hamilton is the type of DT I would go after if I ran a two gap 4-3 scheme or a 3-4 scheme as he isn’t very athletic and has some minor red flags (somewhat injury prone, DUI) but he is a strong, feisty player who really gives a team a strength in the middle. He’s a 2 down DT or 3-4 DE as he has serious shortcomings in the athleticism department (his 5.54 40 was the worst among the 27 DTs who ran) yet as a pure run stopping, collapse the pocket bull rusher Hamilton is your man. I’ve always said you can get specialized DTs in the later rounds who do their specific job as well as early rounders but just lack the versatility to do anything else. As a run stopper Hamilton is one of the better ones in this draft and could have a long career as a 2 down, rotational DT or 3-4 DE-DT would be the preferred spot. 5th round as my #16 DT 4/2/12.

17. Josh ChapmanAlabama 6’1 316 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

11

23 

3.5 

10 

31 

3.5 

09 

17 

0.5 

2.5 

08 

16 

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6010

316

32

11.88

 

 

 

 

 

 

44.6

Notes: Redshirted in 2007. Is a big, slow, sluggish type that I am not a big fan of as he looks like a 2 gap plugger type without the elite athleticism of a Ngata or strength of a Phil Taylor to warrant a high pick. In the 2011 LSU game #2 he had his helmet come off but he kept fighting to make tackle on inside run (15:00 4th). He got a solid push all game but his lack of plays and lack of elite athleticism like Phil Taylor makes him a highly overrated player. 5th round 1/9/12. Will miss the Senior Bowl and probably the combine due to a torn meniscus in his knee. He actually played the last few months of the year with the injury and could be a factor for why he was non-existent in so many games I scouted ofAlabama’s.

Tape: 2011: Spring practice,Penn St.,Auburn,Florida, LSU 1, LSU 2

Overall: Chapman is one of the many players on the Alabama defense that I feel is overrated due to their association with such a stifling collective D. When grading him it’s interesting to compare him to Nicolas Jean-Baptiste as they are similar players who should fill similar roles in the NFL. They both are 6’1 guys with ’32 arms making them on the smaller side yet Nicolas is bigger (329 vs. 316), appears to be quicker on film, and was much more productive the past two years (67 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10 TFL vs. 54 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 TFL). Chapman on the other hand looks stronger, seems to have a better motor, and looks better at anchoring against double teams which most likely will be his role in the NFL as a two gap plugger type DT. While Jean-Baptiste is considered a late round flier type I’ve seen Chapman as high as the 3rd round by some scouts which continues to prove to me my theory that anything Nick Saban touches right now turns to gold. I do agree that Chapman is the superior player, despite being the inferior athlete, as in my experience a DT with an inconsistent motor rarely succeeds. Yet while some scouts see a huge difference in the two and grade them accordingly I see them being similar players with Chapman just being ½ round higher. Late 5th round as my #17 DT 3/28/12.

18. Hebron Fangupo BYU #91 6’4 ¾ 323 Sr.

Stats: MWC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

26

0

6

3

0

0

0

2010

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

2

0

0.5

0

0

0

0

2008

JUCO

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Turns 27 on September 1st due to missions. Quick for his size but still one of the slower ones in multi bag drill. He’s not fast but he bends really well for a guy his size in double dummy drill. Tremendous power in triple dummy drill with okay footwork as well. Okay in direction cone drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6046

323

32.75

10.63

5.18

36

31.5

803

4.62

7.94

88

Notes: Went the JUCO route starting at Mt. San Antonio and transferring to USC as a 5 star recruit. Transferred suddenly to BYU when his wife was in their apartment and someone broke in. Is considered a very energetic, fun loving guy. In the 2011 Tulsa game he had a great bull rush on RT on first play knocking him back 4 yds for sack that was negated by his facemask, good bull rush again getting 4.5 sec sack but QB dumped ball to RB as he was going down-missed 2 sacks already, no rush on most passing plays-seems to get tired pretty easily too, okay quickness disengaging from RT to make no gain tackle when QB scrambled his way. He looked like a strong, slow DT who will solely be a two gap plugger. 6th round 1/4/12.

Tape: 2011:Tulsa

Overall: Hebron is one of the more unique players in this draft as he came out of HS planning to go to BYU so he went on a 2 year mission trip. Then he didn’t qualify academically so he had to go the JUCO route and while there became a huge success developing into a 5 star recruit. With his new prestige he turned his back on BYU and chose USC instead where he languished on the bench for a year and then transferred to BYU for his final 2 seasons due to playing time (my opinion) and due to his wife forcing him to move from Los Angeles after their apartment was broken into (the company line). Looking at his career stats of 32 tackles, 0 sacks, and 6.5 TFL one would assume he won’t be drafted yet in the game I watched of him this year he was actually inches away from having a 2 sack game and at the Combine he showed surprising quickness and agility for a 6’5 320 lb DT. It’s likely that he’ll be a backup or average starting DT in a two gap scheme but I think he has more talent than most bigger guys in this role and he could surprise some people by developing into more of a playmaker than anticipated. I like him more as a space eater than less motivated big guys like Jean-Baptiste as Fangupo has a solid motor and his underrated athleticism and former 5 star recruit status is just icing on the cake as it gives a team a chance to develop a diamond in the rough type. Due to these factors I’m giving him a slightly higher grade than I expected as he settles in as an early 6th rounder as my #18 DT 3/29/12.

19. Nicolas Jean Baptiste Baylor #90 6’1 ¼ 329 Sr.

Comparison: Gabe Watson

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

36

4

8.5

0

0

0

0

2010

31

0.5

1.5

2

1

0

0

2009

18

0.5

2

1

0

0

0

2008

9

0

0.5

0

0

0

0

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6012 

 329

9.75 

32.5 

5.41 

17 

 

807 

4.85 

8.14 

 

Notes: 2nd team Big 12 in 2011. In the 2011 TCU game had a blocked extra point and later a tipped ball on a pass at the LOS (8:04 3rd). In the 2011 OU game he had a very nice sack showing pushing RG back and then coming free for 4 sec sack (8:40 2nd), this comes after getting chewed out and threatened to be benched by his coach after his lazy performance the week before, great 3 sec sack getting around cutting C and showing very good quickness in kill zone (4:50 3rd). In the 2011 Kansas St. game had a good push up the middle batting ball at LOS (0:30 1st), hit QB hard forcing incompletion (2:34 3rd). In the 2011 Washington game he had good penetration on short yardage barely missing TFL, quick shed of C and penetration on sweep left nearly getting TFL. He wasn’t very noticeable in this game but I know what I have in him as he is a talented DT with 4th round abilities yet a guy who has been called out by his coach a number of times for being lazy and unprofessional making me think he will be more Gabe Watkins than Phil Taylor. 6th round with major boom/bust potential 1/14/12. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he was pushed back and couldn’t disengage LT Matt Reynolds on sweep away from him, easily blocked again on down block by Reynolds, pushed back OG Brandon Brooks on bull rush-only guy so far to move him much, pushed back and away on first push by Brooks getting off rush, no movement vs. Nicholas bull rush, solid movement vs. Nicholas bull rush, blown off ball by Brooks creating huge hole-very discouraging as run blocking is supposed to be his forte (14:23 3rd), good job staying off Brooks block to go sideways and make 2 yd tackle on inside run-best play of the day for him (8:50 3rd), good quickness avoiding Reynolds down block to get 4 yd trailing tackle on run away, pushed and re-directed away by Nicholas on run behind him, good 4 yd tackle on run play away from him showing solid quickness wading through lines. Out of the 8  DTs at East-West Shrine Game he was one of the better ones at #4 (Harris, Robertson, Hamilton). Stays as a 6th rounder as he was #4 but far inferior to the top 3 and got his butt kicked by Brandon Brooks all game long 1/24/12.

Tape: 2011: TCU,KansasSt.,Texas A&M,Oklahoma St.,Texas,Washington

Overall: Nicolas looks like a kid that’s going to drive coaches mad his entire career. He has 4th round talent as he’s a big, strong kid with underrated quickness and mobility who performed well in 2011 (36 tackles, 4 sacks, 8.5 TFL) after Phil Taylor left for the NFL. Yet his coach threatened to bench him early in the season due to a lack of effort, his 17 reps of 225 at Baylor’s Pro Day points to a complete lack of commitment to the sport, and his overall play at times is downright bad. While he has better quickness than expected for his size he also has inferior strength and was absolutely dominated by OG Brandon Brooks at the Senior Bowl. Brooks is arguably the strongest guard in this draft so it’s not as if he’s moved easily by everyone but he probably won’t ever be a dominant run stuffer even if he stays motivated. His talent is undeniable as at times he looked like a poor man’s Phil Taylor (who went in the 1st round) yet I think he’ll be a coach’s nightmare and a career underachiever more like a Gabe Watson than his former teammate Phil Taylor. 6th round with major boom/bust potential as my #19 DT 3/29/12.

20. Tydreke Powell NorthCarolina #91 6’2 311 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

46

1

4.5

2

1

1

0

2010

47

2.5

3

2

1

0

0

2009

24

2

4

0

1

0

0

2008

18

1

4.5

1

0

0

0

Combine: Had a poor 40 time (5.36) as he isn’t that big of a DT (311). Very tight but solid for a DT in multi bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6020

311

32.5

10.13

5.36

29

28.5

803

4.62

7.31

70.3

Notes: Has an NFL look to him as he is a big, strong looking DT with a svelte frame for a DT. In the 2011 Virginia game had a nice stack and shed of RG for TFL (11:10 1st), good penetration beating RG again but not quick enough to get into backfield for TFL missing RB by a few feet (9:10 1st), and again looked really slow but pushed RG back to bat ball at LOS (4:10 2nd). In the 2011 Louisville game did a good job getting a hand on RB while being blocked to ride him down for 3 yd gain (6:50 1st), stacked and shed his man for no gain tackle on RB. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: No push on initial bull rush vs. C Philip Blake then had nice spin move to get edge but Blake recovered well to stay in front of him for small loss (-2). Initially knocked Blake back but then reanchored and couldn’t move him or get around edge for loss (-3). Jumped offsides then got initial push vs. C William Vlachos who then reanchored and gave him a small loss (-2). No rush vs. Blake for big loss (-4). Day 3: 1×1: Surprisingly good swim move to get around OT James Brown (at OG) for win that nearly was big win (+3). Good initial push vs. Brown at OG but he reanchored and Powell actually was pushed away from cone by end of play for loss (-3). Only small push vs. Vlachos who then showed quick feet getting nowhere near an edge for loss that was almost big loss (-3). 11×11: Made OT Zebrie Sanders ole on run block on run play away-showed great hustle too though play was well out of reach, blocked well by Blake keeping him engaged as RB went right by on inside run, won edge vs. Blake and circled around for semi quick pressure. 2011 Senior Bowl Game: No rush vs. double team, pancaked right off the snap by RT Keleche Osemele, no rush vs. RG Kevin Seitler and looked very slow doing a sad spin move, no rush in 3 sec vs. Seitler, no rush again in 3 sec vs. Seitler, no rush vs. Seitler and Brewster, turned and walled textbook style by Seitler on inside run, no rush vs. double. Out of the 10 DTs at the Senior Bowl he was #10 (Ta’amu, Howard, Reyes, Martin, Thompson, Wolfe, Winn, Randle, Jerrod-Eddie, Powell) as he was slow, unathletic, and not nearly strong enough to be considered a quality two gap plugger type. Late rounder at best.

Tape: 2011:Virginia,Louisville,Georgia Tech,Clemson,Missouri, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Powell is a less strong Josh Chapman or less athletic Nicolas Jean-Baptiste in that he’s a bigger DT who should be a solid backup in a two gap scheme but lacks the girth to be great in that role or the athleticism to be anything but that role. Powell should be a 2 down DT who can be serviceable against the run but his lack of athleticism was so noticeable at the Senior Bowl that at times I felt sorry for him. He was the worst of the 10 DTs at the event and only is ahead of Kheeston because an average run stopping DT is more in demand than an average pass rushing DT, Early 7th round as my #20 DT 4/2/12.

21. Brett Roy Nevada #47 6’2 7/8 275 Sr.

Stats: WAC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

65

9

17.5

1

0

0

0

2010

49

8

13.5

1

0

0

0

2009

22

0

1

0

0

0

0

2008

11

0

1

1

1

0

0

Combine: 1st team WAC in 2011. Tight and too tall but quick feet and did in multi bag drill fast. Average in triple bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6027

275

32.75

9.38

5.07

32

30.5

900

4.62

7.31

71.5

Notes: 1st team All-Wac and 1st team All American being the only player from a non qualifying school to get that honor. Came to Nevada as a 205 lb walk on showing he has an elite work ethic and possibly could get even bigger. Wears a lot of face paint ala John Randle. A much smaller guy who looks more like a DE than a DT. In the 2011 Southern Miss game he had a play chasing scrambling QB and showed nice speed so possibly a SDE could work, good shed of OG immediately-isn’t the biggest but is strong, very nice bull rush on stunt with DT pushing RG back near QB so he could hit QB in the face as he threw it for INC, showed great strength going outside on RT then shoving him away for inside path to QB facing throw away on 4th and 5 for TO (6:07 3rd), good diving tackle on RB for 8 yd gain after CB and LB missed him saving first down on hustle and speed. 6th round 1/16/12.

Tape: 2011: Southern Miss

Overall: Brett is an undersized one gap DT who was extremely productive the past two years (114 tackles, 17 sacks, 31 TFL) yet lacks the elite athleticism often needed by undersized players to contribute in the NFL. I love his former walk on status, his face paint on game day, his non-stop motor, and the fact he’s gained about 70 lbs since leaving High School but I think the jump to the pros could be too big for him to overcome. He already was a late round flier type in the Jason Jones mold but after running a 5.07 40 (officially eliminated any chance of him being a DE and is slow even for undersized DTs) and measuring just under 6’3 I have to downgrade him even more. He still keeps a drafteable grade, barely, due to his elite production and elite intangibles but I’m not expecting much from Brett as I think he’s just too small and slow to make it. 7th round as my #21 DT 3/30/12.

22. Kevin Pickelman Michigan St. #96 6’3 3/8 288 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

37

4

7.5

2

1

0

0

2010

31

0.5

2.5

0

0

0

0

2009

20

0.5

2

0

0

0

0

2008

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pro Day: 3/14/12

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6033

288

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Michigan game he beat C David Molk nearly immediately on run the other way (11:50 1st), beat Molk immediately for a very quick TFL getting RB at handoff-NFL quickness (13:30 2nd), no rush in 5 vs. Molk, beat initial double then LG for 4 sec sack (9:40 3rd). He impressed me more than Jerel Worthy as he was quicker, faster, and more productive. I understand why scouts like Worthy as he looks like an NFL DT but Pickelman sure seems to be good at beating OL inside and at 6’4 he has the frame to be in the NFL. Might be a later round steal as a rotational, pass rush specialist DT. In the 2011 Iowa game he had a nice sack late in game up by 13 pts blowing past C James Ferentz for a very quick sack (4:05 4th). 7th round 1/16/12. Had knee injury in Big Ten Championship missing the bowl game and all of the postseason activities. It’s too bad as I bet he would have impressed at an Shrine Game or NFLPA Game. He now is very unlikely to get drafted though I still am impressed.

Tape: 2011:Michigan,Iowa

Overall: Kevin was already unlikely to get drafted yet basically guaranteed his fate by suffering a knee injury in the Big Ten Championship Game. It kept him out of all the postseason activities which he would have needed to impress at to get a late round selection yet I still am very impressed with him as he was a quick technician who has the frame to add weight and be a DT in the NFL. Initially I would bring him in as a pass rush specialist but he has room on his frame for added weight and his productivity as a senior (37 tackles, 4 sacks, 7.5 TFL, 1 FF) was in the drafteable range for sure. 7th round as my #22 DT despite the fact that he for sure won’t be drafted 4/2/12.

23. Nick GentryAlabama #58 6’1 284 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

23

4.5

6

4

0

0

0

2010

14

1

1

2

0

0

0

2009

7

0

0

1

0

0

0

2008

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Pro Day: 3/7/12

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6003

265

 

 

5.43

7

24

710

4.75

7.78

 

Notes: Short, squat guy who might have a chance as a rotational 3-4 DE or pass rush specialist DT in the pros. In the 2011 Auburn game he had a very nice spin move off LG ala Ziggy Hood to get inside and grab QB for would be sack if he hadn’t thrown it away as he was falling down (0:20 2nd). In the 2011 Ole Miss game he was blocked extremely aggressively by RT Bobbie Massie with the play away from them and he had enough taking Massie and toss him to the ground showing superior strength than a 315 OT! (11:54 2nd). In the 2011 LSU game #2 he had good spin move from DT spot not getting rush but move was nice, great penetration on low snap but going too fast and shot right by QB in kill zone, very good penetration between RT and RG getting small and forcing hold/pancake depending on how you view it, elite 4 sec sack from NT getting between C and RG (Lonergan/Blackwell) then around RB Spencer Ware to get ahold of QB’s ankles and pull him down (4:20 3rd), elite penetration jumping off the snap so fast LG Blackwell couldn’t react and hitting RB right after handoff for no gain tackle on 3rd and 3 (12:58 4th), great instincts sniffing out screen and getting off block just enough to grab RB to keep him from catch for INC, jumped on forced fumble getting TO to end game. Other than Kirkpatrick he was Alabama’s best defender in the game. Considering their defense has at least 7 guys who will be taken in the first 4 rounds this April that is saying something. 6th round 1/9/12.

Tape: 2011: Spring practice,Penn St.,Auburn,Florida, LSU 1, LSU 2

Overall: Nick looked like a future steal for some team most of last season as he was used in a specific role, pass rushing DT, and was dominant at it with 4.5 sacks and 6.5 TFL in limited opportunities. He reminded me of a combination of Jason Jones and Ziggy Hood with his undersized frame and his spin moves and non-stop energy. Yet his stock definitely took a huge dip atAlabama’s pro day as he put up some of the worst numbers I have ever seen for a DT! A 6’0 265 lb DT is hard enough for the NFL to swallow but when it also comes with a 5.43 40, ’24 vertical, only 7 reps on the bench, and an embarrassing 7’10 broad it’s hard for me to argue that he deserves to be drafted even in a 10 round draft. I laughed when I heard they put him through LB drills b/c his drill #’s were bad for a DT let alone a DE let alone a LB! Gentry was already a DT who would likely only be on the field in specific situations but with his terrible measurables even that role now looks iffy. I still am keeping him with a drafteable grade b/c his tape was so strong this year but he was almost invisible before this year, his measurables are probably the worst of any player I have with a drafteable grade, and he was surrounded by talent on the Alabama D so I no longer believe in him as much as I did a few months ago. 7th round as my #23 DT who will be a situational pass rushing DT who will have to overcome quite a few obstacles just to make a roster 3/30/12. 

24. Kheeston Randall Texas #91 6’5 293 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2011

31

1

4

6

0

0

0

2010

33

1

10

3

0

0

0

2009

21

3

4.5

2

0

0

0

2008

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Nice 40 time (4.98). 2nd team Big 12 in 2011. Very tall but solid overall in multi bag drill. Average in triple bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6050

293

33.75

9.63

5.00

28

34

903

4.84

7.49

83.9

Notes: Is a tall, think DT who has the frame to gain weight but isn’t that broad shouldered so might not have as much room as the measurables would suggest. In the 2011 Baylor game he lined up in the wrong spot with LB trying to move him before snap, nice penetration shedding RG to tackle RB 1 yd gain. In the 2011 Oklahoma game he had great penetration vs. C Gabe Ikard forcing throw away. In the 2011 Cal game he had good penetration going left then shucked C to get right to tackle RB for 1 yd, solid stack of OL getting no gain tackle on RB up the middle, good rush as DE against RT getting edge and hitting QB right after he threw showing solid speed (10:20 3rd), great penetration yet missed QB in kill zone allowing 8 yd scramble. 6th round 1/16/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: No push initially vs. C Ben Jones but eventually shed for long, slow, small win (+1). Pushed Jones back then shed him for surprisingly good win (+3). OT Cordy Glenn at OG handled spin move and bull rush but got near enough cone for only small loss (-2). Good initial punch then spun off it for win vs. Jones (+3). 11×11: Stoned by OG Will Blackwell and Allen. Day 3: Nearly pancaked by Glenn in drill after getting small initial penetration, nearly pancaked again this time by double team led by C Philip Blake-definitely a one gap only DT. 1×1: No penetration vs. C William Vlacho and couldn’t budge him with bull rush for big loss (-4). Couldn’t quite gain edge vs. Jones and again barely moved him back for loss-is all about quickness never showing superior strength to anyone (-3). No push vs. Blackwell but moved around and very late got edge for very slight loss-was handled the majority of the time (-1). Offsides then couldn’t get edge or push Blake back that far for loss (-3). 11×11: Knocked sideways by double team led by Vlachos creating huge running lane, solid job holding ground vs. Glenn, pushed back easily by Glenn on run play away, solid penetration on move right-when he gets the edge or is against a zone block he is definitely at his best, small initial push vs. Allen but kept fighting and sort of gained edge getting pressure with hand in face of QB, no rush on 5 sec throw unable to gain edge or get much push vs. Vlachos who tied him up real well. 2011 Senior Bowl Game: He got the start at DT, blocked easily on inside run by double team-very bad at this, easily blocked by LG Johnnie Troutman on inside run away, no rush vs. C Mike Brewster, poor job on double team getting pushed away and nearly pancaked, pushed back by Brewster but stuck with it and helped on gang tackle, no rush vs. Brewster, solid push vs. double led by LG Tony Bergstrom, run blocked well by Brewster, small rush vs. Brewster pushing him back a bit but couldn’t disengage, no rush vs. Brewster with initial double by LG, easily handled by Bergstrom who turned him away from inside run, good job getting cut by Brewster but up quickly to make no gain tackle on inside run, no rush in 4 sec vs. Bergstrom, run blocked well by Bergstrom on run play right at him, run blocked well by RG Rishaw Johnson. Out of the 10 DTs at the Senior Bowl he was #8 (Ta’amu, Howard, Reyes, Martin, Thompson, Wolfe, Winn, Randle, Jerrod-Eddie, Powell) and very close in grade to the 9 and 10 DTs as he rarely got penetration and whenever he didn’t get penetration he was either pancaked or pushed well out of the play as he showed a terrible lack of strength and toughness.

Tape: 2011: Spring Game, OU,Oklahoma St.,Baylor,Texas A&M,Cal

Overall: Kheeston is a player that I’ve considered overhyped all year as everytime I watch him he struggles to stop the run, makes an occasional nice penetration to cause some havoc in the backfield, and in between the one or two flashes a game is completely invisible the rest of the time. It also doesn’t help that his tall, svelte frame with skinny shoulders screams one gap pass rusher yet he only has 2 sacks the past two years. Yet while I was already down on him his Senior Bowl experience took it to a whole new level as he was bulldozed so many times I stopped writing it down and almost never was able to get any kind of pass rush against the top interior OL. He seems like a future backup DT in a one gap scheme and a guy who most likely will be out of the league in a few years. Yet his frame and measurables are nice so due to the possibility some DL coach can light a fire under his butt, teach him technique, and give him some toughness I’m barely giving him a drafteable grade. 7th round as my #24 DT 4/2/12.

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