Generates some thump on contact, keeps his pad level down and has a nose for the football. Possesses good enough range in pursuit. More of a straight-line athlete, but once he gets up to speed can track the ball carrier with some success. However, struggles to break down in space, is tight in the hips and can be exposed at times as a last-line defender.
Plays upright in coverage, isn’t real fluid when asked to redirect and struggles to generate a burst clicking and closing on the throw. Takes far too long to change directions and drive on passes. Isn’t a guy who can hold up in space at the next level on a consistent basis in man or zone. The more space he’s in the worse chance he has. Takes good angles when driving on throws downhill in the pass game.
Will lay the wood and can disengage ball from man, but doesn’t have the ability to consistently put himself in position to make plays on the football itself. However, does possess some savvy as a blitzer, is comfortable near the line, times up the snap count well and uses his length the slip blocks and keep himself clean toward the corner.
Impression: Is always around the football, plays fast vs. the run game and will stick as a tackler. Isn’t a guy who will hold up in space at the next level, but as a core special teams guy and thumper in some big nickel packages I think he has a chance to make a roster."
However, he does not show starter-caliber instincts or tackling ability, is soft-shouldered in run support and hip stiffness and limited suddenness shows in transition."
Does a nice job finding the ball, but doesn’t get into the backfield very often; has played FS at times and has decent speed for a safety, but lacks real agility and change of direction quickness and has never been very productive in coverage, although he will pop receivers coming into his zone;
Also lacks much in the way of balls skills and is still looking for first career pick; tough kid who started every game in 2009 despite undergoing mid-season hand surgery."