Now, fails to generate a lot of pop on contact on his bull rush, allows his pad level to rise and doesn’t generate much leverage. However, does a nice job extending his arms into opposing linemen and is really sudden when asked to disengage. Looks natural/balanced slipping blocks on contact when asked to work inside and knows how to keep himself clean.
Lacks an ideal base when run at, can be overpowered on contact and washed on the edge. But, he does display some violence in his hands and explosion when asked to crash down the line, quickly can shed/slip a block and break down on the ball carrier. Is a long guy with a big wingspan and wraps up well behind the line.
Impression: Played behind a lot of talent at Virginia Tech, but it’s now his time to shine. Possesses a good-looking frame, an explosive first step and some natural bend around the corner. Is raw in some areas and doesn’t have a ton of experience. But he has the frame to add some weight as a 4-3 DE or might be ideally suited as a 3-4-pass rusher. Either way the guy can get after the QB in a big way."
Friday will find a role as a pass rusher in the NFL.
Friday came out of Phoebus High School in Hampton Virginia to land a scholarship with the Hokies of Virginia Tech. He was a three star line backer recruit who played defensive end, linebacker and wide receiver in high school.
Friday is an underrated pass rusher who was often overshadowed thanks to Virginia Tech’s solid secondary play in 2010. He has a great first step and pure quickness on the edge. He gets up field in a hurry, and does a decent job keeping contain. He’s very athletic and has good speed. His strength in the weight room is top notch, reportedly benching around 440 pounds. However, he has yet to show off his pure strength as a bull rusher. He moves well laterally and can play in space. He’s fared well enough dropping in coverage to think that he could make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker.
We want to see Friday’s bull rush improve. He’s quite strong, but doesn’t show it much as he struggles to get leverage. He will struggle against stronger offensive tackles, and needs to come out of his stance lower. He relies heavily on athleticism, and needs to develop a bigger arsenal of moves as he’ll sometimes get taken out of plays with the same edge rush constantly.
Friday has a lot of untapped potential, much like many of these late second to early third round prospects. He will be a big time riser come 2011 NFL Draft time because every team desires a stud project that can rush the passer. He’s quite raw, but a 3-4 defense like Arizona, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New England, Buffalo or New York (Jets) will grab him with their second or third round pick and groom him.
NFL Comparison: Anthony Spencer "
Positive: Athletic college defensive end expected to transition to outside linebacker in the NFL. Plays with good pad level, quick with his hands and fluid moving around the field. Rarely off his feet, easily changes direction and covers a large amount of area on the field. Quickly gets out to the sidelines or makes plays down the line of scrimmage. Constantly in the opponents backfield disrupting plays.
Negative: Cannot get off blocks, easily controlled at the point by single lineman and needs a clear shot at the ball handler to make the play. Does not play to his speed and shows marginal skill in pursuit.
Analysis: Friday is a late developing prospect that had good productivity last year and offers solid size/speed numbers for the next level. He needs a lot polish on his game yet is worth bringing into camp to be tried at a variety of linebacker positions."
Negatives: Does not have the bulk to hold up in the run game... Can be pushed past the action... Would need to add weight to play RDE in a 4-3 scheme, ideally suited as a 3-4 pass rusher... Looks uncomfortable with his hand down in three-point stance... Doesn't generate much on contact with bull rush, plays with a high pad level in these instances... Needs to win more battles for leverage... Needs to continue to add weight and strength... Already 24, is the oldest player on Virginia Tech, will be 25 by the start of his rookie season... Does not have a ton of experience, was only a starter for one season."
In 2008 Friday saw more playing time, this time in nine games, and totaled six tackles and one quarterback hurry. By 2009 Friday had paid his dues, but he was still not in the starting lineup at defensive end. He was once again relegated to the bench, but he did see action in all 12 games and tallied 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles-for-loss.
As a senior, Friday was finally given the starting nod. He made the most of his opportunity and started all 13 games with the Orange Bowl against Stanford yet to come. Friday totaled 64 tackles, 15.0 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries and forced two fumbles. For his efforts he was named to the All-ACC second-team.
Friday has the strength and speed to play at the next level. He usually uses his speed to get around defenders, but that will not work as well in the NFL. Friday needs to develop some more moves and continue to add weight and strength if he hopes to get drafted before the middle rounds."
Friday has a VORACIOUS appetite for QuarterBacks.
He is a FEROCIOUS Pass Rusher, and has the frame to develop into a stout Run Defender, as either a 4.3 Defensive End, or, better yet, as a 3.4 Flanker.
He is raw as hell, and is a borderline 8th Rounder, currently, but I suspect he's going to FLY up the boards through the Late Rounds...and STILL be a Steal for whoever gets him.
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