But, is tough to get a hand on through contact because of his naturally low frame. More of a motor pass rusher who because of his work rate and shorter/stouter frame will simply bounce off would be blockers in pursuit of the QB.
Can create a pop on contact and knows how to extend his arms and showed more suddenness as a senior looking to slip on contact and keep himself clean.
Displays decent body control in his drop, gets average depth and can change directions with balance. Plays fast as a straight-line guy, but doesn't anticipate routes well in the pass game and doesn't get many early jumps on the football.
Looks more natrual in man where he can just key onto his man, keep his feet under him and close. Has a tendency to take a false step and is a bit slower to react in zone coverage.
Showcases good range in pursuit when asked to string out plays vs. the run. Displays a good motor, has a passion for getting after the football and will come downhill with some thump. Drops his pad level well into contact in the hole, generates a snap and wraps up well as a tackler.
Is a bit linear when asked to breakdown in space and can be sidestepped at times. Is a violent tackler with a snap through the hips and will create fumbles on contact. Doesn't have the type of size though to routinely take on blocks on contact. Routinely can be overwhelmed at the point and washed out of plays if a lineman can reach him.
Has the quicks to run around blocks, but lacks ideal length and struggles to disengage initially through contact. Works his legs hard to get around blockers when setting the edge, but lacks ideal flexibility in the hips and ends up on the ground too often.
Impression: Is a thick, shorter compact backer who explodes through contact and is a real violent striker. Finds the ball quickly vs. the run and has the range to make plays in pursuit. Lacks ideal size however to stack and shed and lacks a great feel in zone. However, as a thumper inside with the potential to get into the backfield as a blitzer who should get plenty of looks from 34 teams in need of a versatile, high motor backer."
Moved inside the Bears' 3-4 as a senior and projects there in the pros given his compact frame, tight hips and average speed and suddenness.
Has been a durable, experienced, productive starter, flashing strong hands to control/disengage, effort/leverage rush ability and physicality as a tackler.
Loves football and, at worst, should be a core special-teams player."
But has exceptional quickness off the snap and is relentless closing on the ball, although he lacks sprinter speed; can dip shoulder under OTs pads and maintain leverage around the corner; can also change direction on the fly and spin out of blocks; has good instincts and will chase plays down from behind;
Has a couple of career picks, but has seldom been asked to play in reverse and is not that effective in coverage."