Does a nice job for the most part using his hands to generate leverage into contact, extending his arms and shedding blocks inside. Isn’t a real gifted athlete, struggles to redirect and side step blocks, and is much more effective using his length to get into opposing blockers and disengage. Is routinely one of the first defensive linemen moving off the snap, consistently getting good jumps inside and dictating to blocks on contact.
Impression: He really does possess good bend and flexibility for a guy his size. Doesn’t have the girth or power to hold up inside at the next level. But I think he has enough athleticism, strength and uses his hands well enough to get a long look as a potential roster guy as a 3-4 DE, if he continues to mature and fill his frame out."
Positives: Good initial quickness off the snap. Consistently among the first linemen off the ball. Good upper-body strength and leg drive to bull-rush blockers into the pocket. Active hands and a variety of moves (club, rip, swim) to disengage from the blocker. Long arms, which he uses well to keep blockers away from his jersey. Cognizant defender who uses his long arms to limit passing lanes, knocking down eight passes in 2010. Provides a strong initial pop to the blocker. Locates the football quickly and works his way to the action. Holds his ground against one-on-one blocking surprisingly well despite his long frame. Plays with good knee bend to maintain leverage and anchor in the running game. Good upper-body strength to seal and protect the edge when asked to play outside.
Negatives: Some view him as a 'tweener lacking the upfield speed to play defensive end and the strength and leverage to remain inside at defensive tackle. Is a good, not great athlete. Only marginal lateral agility and straight-line speed to react to scrambling quarterbacks and other ballcarriers on the perimeter and downfield. Plays hard, but his long legs get him caught up in the trash. Doesn't possess the balance or change-of-direction agility to handle quick athletes in space. Doesn't show a great deal of explosiveness as a hitter. Will enter the NFL as a 26-year old rookie as he spent two years on an LDS mission between high school and the start of his playing career at Oregon."
Positive: Athletic defensive lineman with the ability to play tackle or two-gap end. Plays with good leverage for a tall lineman, displays solid first-step quickness, and is strong at the point. Uses his hands to protect himself, holds his ground against blocks, and gets leverage on opponents. Flashes force up the field, quickly changes direction, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Competitive and works hard until the whistle blows. Smart and plays with good awareness.
Negative: Lacks bulk on the inside and can be controlled by single blocker. Is an average pass rusher.
Analysis: Bair showed great progress the past two seasons. After a good week of practices at the Shrine Game, he turned in a solid performance during the combine. Bair will start off at the next level as a rotational lineman and will only get better as he physically matures and becomes stronger."
Negatives: Relies too much on his initial burst to get in the backfield... Lacks power... Doesn't generate much on contact with bull rush... Can be slow to redirect... Does not get off blocks especially well... Will be a 26-year-old rookie, his age will drop him a round or so... Needs to get heavier and play lower and with better leverage if he is going to stay at DT."
Weaknesses: He's not quite athletic enough to be a 4-3 defensive end and not strong enough to be a defensive tackle. To be a 3-4 defensive end, he'll have to add 20-25 pounds before he can contribute. Inconsistent get off on the snap. Plays with inconsistent leverage, which his size is a big reason for. Bair's already 26 years old and might have already peaked.
Projection: Sixth or seventh rounder. Bair's size, effort, and football IQ will be an asset for a 3-4 team to stick him at a five technique defensive end. He'll have to add some weight to contribute, but he can be a solid contributor down the line."
He projects as either a Defensive End, a Flanker, or ~ hell! ~ maybe an Offensive Tackle!! Hah!!
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