Reads his run/pass keys very well, deciphers information quickly and always seems to be moving toward the action.
Is really violent with his hands and does a nice job using his first step to get up the field and can be really sudden on contact when asked to side step blocks. Loves to work his arm over in order to keep himself clean and knife his way into the backfield. Now, he lacks ideal size and can be handled vs. the double team inside.
Doesn't possess the type of power to push the pocket vs. any additional attention. However, he has the athleticism to stunt and can be effective looping away from the double outside.
Isn't a guy who can consistently sit into his stance and anchor, but does a nice job playing with leverage, extending his arms into defenders and can slip blocks initially when run at and make plays off his frame.
Now, lacks ideal power and even when he gains a step toward the football, he can be pushed past the play and will struggle to break down at times. Also, can be sealed/eliminated from plays vs. any kind of additional attention inside.
Played at 301 pounds in 2010, nearly 15 pounds heavier than his listed playing weight in 2009. Seemed to carry the weight well.
Impression: The guy is explosive, knows how to use his hands and plays with impressive leverage on contact. Played out of position as a senior, but is a hard working kid who can mature into a player in the NFL."
Positive: Hardworking interior lineman with limited upside. Quick off the snap, plays with good pad level, and is tough to move off the point. Immediately gets his hands up and effectively uses them to protect himself. Has some width to his frame and occupies blockers upfront.
Negative: More of a straight-line defender and doesn't change directions well. Does a better job of occupying blockers rather than making plays.
Analysis: Whitlock lacks the sheer physical skills to be a star at the next level. His approach the game and the ability to use all his assets to their maximum should help him secure a spot on an NFL roster."
Negatives: Lacks ideal size... Not very strong... Can be washed from the play... Doesn't have the power to get through double teams... Needs to spend a couple years in the weight room getting bigger and stronger... May lack the frame to add any additional muscle mass."
Strengths: Quick, disruptive one-gap penetrator. Good athlete who keeps his feet and spins off of blocks to stay alive in plays. Pursues well and makes many tackles for an interior lineman. Plays low and uses his hands well. Smart and is alert to draws and screens. Very experienced.
Weaknesses: Not big and doesn't have the frame to get bigger. Can't hold the point and gets driven off the ball and consumed by double teams. Not a great pass rusher. Must be on the move to be effective.
Projection: Backup/rotational player who could have some value in a 4-3 scheme. Low-round pick or free agent; practice squad candidate."
Whitlock's production dropped a little in 2009, but he has done quite well in 2010 under the new coaching regime. Through ten games he has 45 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks and one quarterback hurry. While Whitlock may never put up huge numbers, he does a good job of disrupting the opposing backfield and can collapse the pocket and force the quarterback to make a bad pass.
At 294 pounds, Whitlock does not have the size of a traditional defensive tackle in the NFL. However, he has a big frame and can certainly add some weight and strength. If he can prove to NFL scouts that he has the ability to hit the weight room and continue to improve his strength while staying relatively nimble, he could be a fourth or fifth round selection."
Processing Speed continues to be VASTLY under rated by the majority of GM's.
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