Lacks ideal awareness, is often the last defensive lineman moving off the snap and doesn’t have the kind of great first needed to make up for it. Isn’t the type of athlete that can routinely threaten the edge with his speed rush. More of a contact rusher who is at his best working the bull, gaining leverage with his long arms and using his short area quickness/length to shed.
Does displays some natural coordination initially off the ball, but struggles to change directions as a pass rusher once he gets up to speed on his outside rush. Does try to work the arm over at times toward the edge, but is more graceful/smooth than powerful/sudden. Looks more effective rushing the passer from the inside.
Plays more motivated, gets off the ball quicker and his short area quickness shows up more in tight areas vs. slower offensive lineman. However, needs to continue to work on keeping his pad level down. Doesn’t dominate at the point of attack vs. the run game the way his body type says he should.
Again, is slow off the football and too often allows offensive lineman/tight ends to get into his body. Possesses long arms and the natural power to anchor with consistency. But too often gets jello legged into contact because he’s slow off the snap. Allows his pad level to get upright through contact when looking to disengage.
Possesses the natural power needed to still hold his own at the college level and eventually shed, but there isn’t any real sharp/sudden/decisive movements to his game. Isn’t real impressive in pursuit, works from the backside, but rarely looks to be going 100 percent.
Missed the spring of 2011 with chest pains and there could be some medical issues with him going forward.
Impression: Looks like a talented five-star recruit who has yet to live up to his billing. Would like to see him play with more of a mean streak consistently as the tools are there for this ‘boom” or “bust” type prospect."
In fact, durability is a major issue as he has missed time with a broken foot, sprained shoulder and broken hand and also missed time during fall camp last year with what was termed dehydration;
If healthy, though, is a very quick interior defender with something of a burst into the backfield; also has good size and decent motor, but plays too high at times; had 43 tackles in 2010 including 3 sacks."