Has an average first step and lacks the fluidity to drop his pad level and accelerate around the corner. Allows his pad level to get upright and can be pushed past the play routinely on the outside. Also, lacks ideal lateral fluidity and isn’t much of a threat to counter off his speed rush, more of a linear athlete. However, plays with a great motor and has a violent set of hands when trying to disengage.
His hand usage shows up more vs. the run game. However, he can fend off blocks when engaged and uses the opposing tackles momentum well against him in order to shed and work in pursuit. Displays some savvy as a blitzer and loves to stunt inside.
Drops pad level into contact and has some short-area quickness coming forward in order to avoid blockers or will just overwhelm on contact. Will also drop into coverage at times and gets average depth off the line. Looks tighter in the hips when asked to play in space and doesn’t have much click and close ability. However, he’s instinctive, feels routes develop around him and gets early jumps on the throw.
Played the run pretty well for his size. Reads and reacts quickly, works endlessly toward the football and seems to always put himself around the action. Carries out his assignments well on the outside setting the edge and collapsing inside.
He also extends his arms well and uses his hands to keep himself clean when working toward the football. Now, doesn’t have the anchor to hold up consistently vs. offensive linemen in the NFL and isn’t effective breaking down in space as a tackler. But as a potential Sam backer in the NFL I could see him definitely setting the edge and winning vs. tight ends routinely.
Impression: Isn’t the type of natural pass rusher many make him out to be. However, he’s a savvy blitzer, finds the football well in all areas of the game and could get looks at either SAM in a 43 or as an OLB in a 34. Looks like more like a reserve physically, but he’s the type of overachiever who could fight for playing time down the line."
Is a physical, high-motor player with strong hands — maintains separation and is able to stack and shed.
Lets his pads rise off the snap, is tight in the hips and shows average speed and power, but is a focused, hardworking player who could earn a living as an effort rusher/force player.
Doesn't have the necessary length or base strength to play the DLE spot and probably will have to convert to a 3-4 "Mike" or 4-3 "Sam.""
Built more like an OLB he struggles to hold point of attack, but has good range and will track plays from behind;
Has decent quickness and closing speed, but is still more steady than flashy; has a good motor;
Could also get some looks as a 3-4 OLB at the next level, although he’s never played much in reverse."