Doesn’t displays ideal fluidity when asked to turn and run either. Plays with an o.k. pad level, but fights himself a bit trying to get back up to full speed and consistently allows receivers to get behind him vertically. There is simply no real second gear to his game when asked to make up for a false step.
Plays better in tight areas underneath. Can stay in a receivers back pocket initially, keep his pad level down, feet are under him and shows some natural re-direction skills. However, when asked to turn, run and get back out of his breaks, he struggles with his balance. He isn’t nearly as precise or sharp out of his breaks as he needs to be when at full speed and gives up separation down the field as well.
Doesn’t have a great feel in zone coverage, stops moving his feet too often, gets too wide with his base and doesn’t stay as compact as needed when trying click and close on the football. Missed the second half of the 2010 season after being suspended for violating team rules.
Impression: A seasoned starter on the Tennessee defense. However, has been picked on at times when matched up with some of the SEC’s top tier wide outs. Struggles to turn and run and isn’t real physical off the line. Add in the off the field issues and in my mind doesn’t warrant a draftbale grade."