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2007 Rookie Profiles: Defensive Tackles

Posted: 5/07
 

Courtesy of the TFY Draft Preview

 

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Full Name:  Jay Alford                  School:   Penn State                                

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   303            40:   5.22                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio:

Four-year starter who was an All-Conference selection as a junior and

senior.  Finished last season with 32/14.5/8 after 37/11.5/8.5 the prior year.

 

Pos:

Explosive, one-gap defender who plays with great quickness.  Fast off the

snap, gets leverage on opponents and fires through the gaps.  Fights with

his hands throughout the action, flashes lower body strength and drives his

feet up the field.  Fluid if asked to twist or stunt, can drop off the line to play

in space and has a burst of closing speed.  Slips off blocks and redirects to the action.

 

Neg:

Lacks bulk and engulfed by large opponents.  Easily controlled once

engaged in a block.

 

Analysis:

A solid athlete who flashes on the scene, Alford is a penetrating defensive

lineman best suited to a system similar to that run by the Chicago Bears.

 



Full Name:  Joe Anoai                  School:   Georgia Tech                            

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   277            40:   5.12                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter who compiled 40/9/4.5 as a senior after 26/6.5/3 the prior year.

 

Pos:

Hard-working defender who plays with intelligence.  Chases hard to get

involved in the action and flies around the play.  Gives effort defending the

run or rushing the passer.  Experienced at both the tackle and end.

 

Neg:

Lacks balance, athleticism and the ability to quickly change direction. 

Marginal speed to the flanks as well as strength at the point.

 

Analysis:

A “try-hard” prospect whose motor never stops, Anoai lacks the size and

speed to be anything other then a backup.  The versatility to be used at

several positions on the defensive line gives him an advantage.

 



Full Name:  Baraka Atkins            School:   Miami-Fl                                     

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   271            40:   4.77                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio:

Four-year starter whose senior totals included 43/12/5 after 40/5/1.5 as a junior.

 

Pos:

Nice-sized, athletic defender who has yet to take his game to another level.

  Plays with good pad level, displays speed in every direction and

penetrates up the field, creating havoc.  Fluid changing direction, makes

plays down the line and redirects to the action.  Agile, splits blocks and

rarely is off his feet.  Plays with terrific balance and body control.

 

Neg:

Does not chase hard to get involved in the action, nor is he a physical

defender.  Has a lot of tackles broken.  Controlled at the point by tight ends.

 

Analysis:

A physically gifted prospect with the ability to be used as a two-gap

lineman, Atkins comes off a disappointing senior campaign.  Offers starting potential at the next level, but has yet to show the fire or motivation to play to his ability.

 



Full Name:     JP Bekasiak     School:           Toledo

Ht:   6-6           Wt:   285            40:   4.91                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter used at both tackle and end.  Posted 29/2.5/.5 as a

senior after junior totals of 22/4/2.Two-year starter used at both tackle and

 end.  Posted 29/2.5/.5 as a senior after junior totals of 22/4/2.

 

Pos:

Large, athletic lineman with enticing size/speed numbers.  Explodes off the

snap with a quick first step, is double-teamed in the middle of the line and

is tough to move off the point.  Flashes an array of moves getting off blocks,

 displays power in his lower body and bull-rushes opponents off the ball.

 

Neg:

Gets tall as the play proceeds and makes himself an easy target for

opponents.  Slow locating the ball and lacks instincts.  At times seemingly

gives up on the action.

 

Analysis:

Possessing terrific size, growth potential and flashing ability, Bekasiak

must turn the intensity up on all levels if he wants any type of career in the NFL.

 



Full Name:  Ray Blagman             School:   Connecticut                              

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   318            40:   5.27                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio:

Moved into the starting rotation as a senior, posting career-best numbers

of 36/4/.5.  Junior totals included 15 tackles.

 

Pos:

Wide-bodied plugger who can be used at defensive tackle or on the nose. 

Built low to the ground, plays with good pad level and gets off the snap with

a quick first step.  Uses his hands to protect himself, displays strength in

his lower body and is tough to move off the point.

 

Neg:

Mostly a straight-line defender who struggles changing direction or moving

laterally.  Slow to shed blocks once engaged at the point.

 

Analysis:

A run clogger in the middle of the line, Blagman has the size and tools to

develop into a competent backup in the NFL.

 



Full Name:  Conrad Bolston         School:   Maryland                                   

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   303            40:   5.36                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter who compiled 35/3.5/1.5 as a senior after 38/5.5/5 as a junior.

 

Pos:

Quick, penetrating tackle who goes hard after ball carriers.  Explodes off

the snap, wedges between blockers and has a burst of closing speed. 

Works his hands to protect himself, redirects to the action and wraps up at

the point.  Improved his reads and ability to diagnose as a senior.

 

Neg:

Too often controlled at the point and slow shedding blocks.  Marginal skills

rushing the passer.

 

Analysis:

Flashing skills the past three years, Bolston has the size and strength to be a two-gap lineman.  Must learn to play at a consistently high level before he’ll make his mark at the next level.

 



Full Name:  Alan Branch               School:   Michigan                                    

Ht:   6-5.5        Wt:   325            40:   5.13                Year:     3Jr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors last season posting

25/6/2, also intercepting a pass and breaking up an additional throw. 

Sophomore totals included 31/10/5.

 

Pos:

Massive defensive lineman who could be used in a variety of systems. 

Quickly gets off the snap with a good first step, displays power in his lower

body and collapses the pocket.  Fluid changing direction, redirects to the

action and easily brings ball carriers down on initial contact.  Plays with

good speed, showing the ability to twist or stunt.  Makes plays laterally down the line.

 

Neg:

Gets tall, does not protect himself and is an easy target for blockers.  Does

not play with great balance.  Must develop more moves with his hands. 

Needs to properly condition himself.

 

Analysis:

At times a dominant force on the inside, Branch has been an impressive

defender at Michigan.  Offers the ability to be used as a two-gap lineman or

a wide-bodied conventional tackle.  Possesses great upside but must

improve the fundamentals of his game and consistently play at a high level.

 



Full Name:  Kareem Brown           School:   Miami-Fl                                     

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   290            40:   5.13                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio:

Former backup who became a full-time starter as a senior and posted

38/12.5/11.  Junior totals were 46/8.5/4.5.

 

Pos:

Nice-sized athlete who flashes the ability to force the action.  Quick off the

snap, plays with good pad level and drives his feet up the field on contact. 

Possesses a burst of closing speed, plays with good explosion and chases

the action hard.  Resilient, makes plays in every direction of the field and is a disruptive force.

 

Neg:

Must improve his hand technique and learn to protect himself.  Cannot get

off blocks once engaged at the point.

 

Analysis:

Improving his game as a senior after becoming a full-time starter, Brown

offers the size and athleticism necessary to eventually see action with the

first team at the next level.

 



Full Name:  Larry Brown               School:   Oklahoma State                        

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   295            40:   5.28                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Junior college transfer who moved into the starting lineup as a senior,

posting 22/8.5/1.5.

 

Pos:

Quick, interior penetrator who works hard.  Explosive off the snap, uses

effective hand technique to protect himself and holds the point.  Possesses

a straight-line burst of speed and immediately locates the ball.

 

Neg:

Has marginal lateral movement skills and pass rush moves.  Undersized,

and will be controlled at the point.

 

Analysis:

Showing signs of life as a senior, Brown offers potential as a rotational

tackle in a one-gap system.  Must improve his strength yet at the very

least is practice squad material.

 



Full Name:  Andrew Browning      School:   Boise State                               

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   280            40:   5.06                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since

 his sophomore campaign.  Senior totals were 35/10.5/8.5 after 40/10/8 as a junior.

 

Pos:

Explosive defensive tackle best suited as a one-gap lineman.  Displays

outstanding quickness off the snap, goes very hard and chases to get

involved in the action.  Offers a straight-line burst of speed, keeps his feet

moving up the field and works his hands throughout the action.

 

Neg:

Does not play with good balance, slow adjusting off the initial block and

easily knocked to the ground.  Mostly a straight-line defender who does not

make many plays down the line of scrimmage.

 

Analysis:

Playing with a nonstop motor, Browning can fill a role at the next level as a

rotational lineman in a system similar to that run by the Indianapolis Colts.

 



Full Name:  Shelton Bynum          School:   North Carolina                           

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   292            40:   5.45                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter who posted career-best numbers of 26/3.5/3 as a senior

after 22/3/1 the prior year.

 

Pos:

Explosive three-technique lineman who flashes skill.  Quick off the snap,

plays with good lean and keeps his feet moving on contact.  Works hard on

the inside and displays the ability to change direction and make plays down

 the line.  Works hard until the whistle blows.

 

Neg:

Lacks strength at the point, can be handled by a single blocker or driven off

the line.  Marginally productive the past two seasons and has never really

elevated his level of play.

 

Analysis:

A well-built lineman who flashes ability, Bynum is a developmental prospect

 who must improve his playing strength and the details of his position.

 



Full Name:     Jeremy Clark   School:           Alabama          Pos:    DT

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   306            40:   5.06                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio:

Four-year starter whose senior totals included 24 tackles.  Prior numbers

were 18/3/2 as a junior after 23/2/.5 during his sophomore campaign.

 

Pos:

Explosive interior lineman with marginal athleticism.  Gets off the snap with

a quick first step, explodes through the creases of the offensive line and

plays with great intensity.  Fluid moving laterally, stringing plays out to the flanks.

 

Neg:

Does not play with balance, gets tall and is handled at the point.  Must

improve his hand technique and learn to protect himself.  Minimally productive in college.

 

Analysis:

A high-effort defender with limited size and speed, Clark could make an NFL

 roster as a rotational front-four player.

 



Full Name:  Joe Cohen                 School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   313            40:   5.17                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Moved in and out of the starting lineup the past three years.  Senior totals

were 26/2/.5 after 15/4/1 as a junior.  Posted a career-high 28 tackles as

a sophomore.  Used at both defensive tackle and defensive end.

 

Pos:

Tough, run-defending plugger who is rarely off his feet.  Quickly gets off the

snap with a nice first step, breaks down well bending his knees and gets

leverage on opponents.  Possesses a short burst of speed.

 

Neg:

Lacks the quick change of direction, does not make plays laterally and

struggles redirecting to ball carriers.  Not fast to the sidelines.  Marginally

productive as a pass-rusher.

 

Analysis:

Possessing better than average size/speed numbers, Cohen has been

marginally productive on the college level and must improve every facet of

his game to make it on an NFL level.

 



Full Name:     Tory Collins     School:           Northwestern State   Pos:    DT

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   295            40:   4.98                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio:

LSU transfer who totaled 34/4.5/2 as a senior, earning All-Conference and

All-American recognition.  Registered a career-best 59/14/1 as junior.

 

Pos:

Explosive one-gap lineman who can be very disruptive.  Quickly gets off the

 ball with a terrific first step, penetrates into the backfield and closes with a

burst of speed.  Aggressive, intensely chases the action and plays with a

good degree of suddenness.  Slides down the line defending the run and

effectively uses his hands to stay off blocks.

 

Neg:

Undersized, slow to shed or engulfed by opponents.  Easily ridden from his

angle of attack.

 

Analysis:

A smallish lineman built low to the ground, Collins’ quickness and natural

leverage gives him a chance to make it as a three-technique lineman.

 



Full Name:  Brent Curvey             School:   Iowa State                                

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   292            40:   4.98                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore

campaign.  Senior totals were 46/12.5/7, after 61 tackles as a junior.

 

Pos:

Short yet explosive tackle who could be used in a rotational system.  Quick

 off the snap, built low to the ground and easily gets leverage on opponents.

 Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, immediately alters his angle

of attack and fires through the small creases of the offensive line.

 

Neg:

Easily handled at the point or blocked from the play.  Engulfed by large opponents.

 

Analysis:

An underrated prospect who has been productive throughout his college

career, Curvey has potential as a backup three-technique lineman.

 



Full Name:  Ola Dagunduro          School:   Nebraska                                   

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   290            40:   5.32                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Junior college transfer who broke into the starting lineup last season and

totaled 31/9/3.5.

 

Pos:

Explosive one-gap tackle who is built low to the ground.  Explodes through

the small gaps of the line, gets leverage on opponents and fights to make

plays.  Quickly penetrates up the field and nicely redirects to ball carriers.

 

Neg:

Can be easily knocked off balance or controlled by a single blocker.  Driven

off the line by opponents.  Marginal pass rusher.

 

Analysis:

Displaying a lot of improvement as a senior, Dagunduro has potential as a

rotational player on the front four.

 



Full Name:  Mike Devito               School:   Maine                                         

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   300            40:   4.97                Year:     4Sr

 

Bio:

Three year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totaling

28/10.5/7.  Junior numbers included 34/12/6.5.

 

Pos:

Durable defensive lineman who works hard on the inside.  Quick off the

snap, plays with good pad level and drives his feet up the field.  Displays a

good head for the ball and stays with assignments.  Shows a burst of speed to the action.

 

Neg:

Not a penetrating defensive lineman and limited as a pass rusher. 

Undersized and handled at the point by single blocker.

 

Analysis:

A tough and overachieving college player, Devito could find a home at the

next level on a team which keeps eight lineman.

 



Full Name:  Stanley Doughty       School:   South Carolina                          

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   325            40:   5.25                Year:     4Jr

 

Bio:

Played in 12 games as a reserve last season, totaling 17 tackles with three

 tackles for loss.  Sophomore numbers were 24/7/3.5 when he started nine

games.  Was suspended three times last season and declared ineligible

prior to the team’s bowl game.

 

Pos:

Explosive nose tackle prospect who impacts the game when focused on the

task at hand.  Built low to the ground, quickly gets off the snap and

penetrates up the field.  Keeps his feet moving on contact and splits

double-team blocks.  Bull-rushes opponents off the line and nicely redirects to the play.

 

Neg:

Overweight, tires easily and is poorly conditioned.  Turns his motor on and

off.  Lacks the ability to make plays laterally.

 

Analysis:

A wide-bodied plugger in the middle of the field, Doughty has shown flashes

of dominance the past two seasons.  Struggled with several issues as a

junior, which limited his playing time.  Has the physical dimensions and

talents to develop into a productive nose tackle if he commits himself to

football full-time and matures as an individual.

 



Full Name:  Quinton Echols          School:   Kansas State                            

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   328            40:   5.45                Year:     5Sr

 

Bio:

Two-year starter who received All-Conference consideration as a senior

after totaling 31/4/1.  Career-best numbers of 45/5.5/1.5 came as a junior.

 

Pos:

Stout, run-stuffer who is tough to move off the point.  Fires off the snap,

displays strength in his lower body and gets push up the field.  Plays with

good pad level and chases to get involved in the action.  Flashes the ability

to slide down the line and make plays.

 

Neg:

More of a first-move lineman who easily gets wired in blocks.  A little stiff

and struggles redirecting to ball carriers.  Not considered a great worker,

and has battled weight problems in the past.

 

Analysis:

Offering potential in a variety of systems, Echols has the ability to play in

the NFL if he commits himself to proper off-the-field conditioning and training.

 



 

Full Name:  Justin Frick                School:   North Dakota State                  

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   296            40:   5.21                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 39/6/5 totals.  Junior

numbers included career bests of 54/10.5/8.

Pos:

Explosive, one-gap tackle who works hard on the field.  Gets off the snap

with a great first step, quickly changes direction and plays with good pad

level.  Displays an array of moves to get off blocks.  Intense, finds a way to

wedge through the small creases and keeps his feet driving on contact.

Neg:

Small and can be driven off the line by opponents.  Slow regaining balance

off the initial block.

Analysis:

Combinations of effort and explosive play gives Frick a chance to make a

roster as an inexpensive backup on the front four.

 



 

Full Name:  Howie Fuimaono        School:   UNLV                                          

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   349            40:   5.30                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who also saw action with the first team as a freshman.  

Senior totals were 27/4.5/2.5.

Pos:

Explosive, interior plugger who clogs the middle of the line.  Quick off the

snap, plays with good lean and displays an array of moves to get around

blocks.  Consistently plays with good pad level, concentrated on by

opponents and is fluid changing direction.  Keeps his feet driving up the field.

Neg:

Lacks balance, is easily blocked from the action and struggles getting back

 to playing form.  Marginally productive on the college level.

Analysis:

A squat, wide-bodied lineman who could be used on the nose, Fuimaono’s

best opportunity would be as a backup in a 34 defense.

 



 

Full Name:     Ray Gant         School:           Georgia            Pos:    DT

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   288            40:   5.13                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Part-time starter the past two seasons when he totaled 18/3.5/3 as a

senior after 19/2.52 the prior year.

Pos:

Intense defender with limited size and athleticism.  Explodes off the snap

with a great first step, displays an array of moves working to defeat blocks

and chases hard to get involved.  Tough to move off the line, displays skill

in pursuit and always goes 100%.

Neg:

Gets tall as plays proceed and is easily stymied by a single blocker. 

Limited pass rusher and makes very few plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Analysis:

A fiery competitor who gets the most of his abilities, Gant has limited

potential for the next level.  His hustle and attitude could gain him a spot on a practice squad.

 



 

Full Name:  Keith Grennan           School:   Eastern Washington                 

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   305            40:   5.05                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former tight end who became a full-time starter last year and was an

All-Conference selection after numbers of 37/7/2.

Pos:

Tough thumper in the middle of the field, effective as a run defender.  Works

to keep his pads low, strong in his lower body and drives up the field on

contact.  Quickly gets off the line and bull-rushes opponents off the ball. 

Neg:

A straight line-ish defender with minimal pass rush skills.  Marginally

productive for most of his college career.

Analysis:

Offering size, growth potential and good work ethic, Grennan is a solid

developmental prospect who could be stashed on a practice squad while he

gains more experience.

 



 

Full Name:  Justin Harrell             School:   Tennessee                                

Ht:   6.4.5         Wt:   305            40:   5.10                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who totaled seven tackles in three games last season,

after being sidelined with a torn bicep.  Awarded All-Conference honors as a

 junior after totaling 39/7.5/2.5.

Pos:

Tough, athletic defender who plays with top effort.  Gets off the snap with a

quick first step, is fluid changing direction and slides off blocks to make the

 play.  Bends his knees, gets leverage on opponents and is rarely off his

feet.  Flashes power on the inside, gets push in the middle of the line or

holds the point.  Consistently doubled by opponents.

Neg:

Gets wired in blocks and is slow to shed.  Makes most of his plays up the

open field in a small area.

Analysis:

A hard-working lineman with a lot of physical skill, Harrell could be one of

the most underrated players in this draft.  His injury last season will

decrease his final grade, yet he offers starting possibilities as either a

two-gap lineman or as a conventional tackle.

 



 

Full Name:  Steven Harris            School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   280            40:   5.11                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Career backup who posted 15/4.5/1.5 as a senior after 17/4.5/1.5 the

prior year.  Has had several off-the-field incidents the past three seasons,

including arrests and suspensions.

Pos:

Leverage lineman who works hard on the inside.  Plays with good lean,

works his hands throughout the action and has a quick burst of closing

Neg:

Stymied at the point by a single blocker.  Easily turned off the ball.  Has

major character questions.

Analysis:

Offering the physical skills and abilities to back-up in a one-gap system,

Harris has off-the-field issues which may leave him out in the cold next season.

 



 

Full Name:  Adrian Haywood        School:   SMU                                           

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   285            40:   5.11                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after

posting 35/16.5/5.  Junior totals included 42/12/5 when he originally broke

 in with the first team.

Pos:

Explosive one-gap tackle who plays with a nonstop motor.  Quick off the

snap, keeps his pads low to the ground and gets leverage on opponents. 

Fires through the gaps up field, quickly penetrates the line and aggressively

 chases the action.  Has a burst of speed and plays with a good degree of suddenness.

Neg:

Slow readjusting off the initial hit and controlled at the point by a single blocker.

Analysis:

A penetrator on the defensive line with limited size and speed, Haywood

offers enough football skill to get consideration as a backup in a one-gap system.

 



 

Full Name:  Jordan Hill                  School:   Arizona State                            

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   295            40:   5.08                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past three years who posted 26/3.5/2.5 as a senior,

when he also intercepted one pass and broke up another.  Career-high

numbers of 47/12/7 came as a sophomore.

Pos:

Explosive one-gap tackle who plays hard until the whistle blows.  Quick off

the snap, slides off blocks and tenacious.  Reads the action, quickly locates

 the ball and works to be productive.  Keeps his feet driving up the field and

plays with a nasty attitude.

Neg:

Lacks bulk on the inside, controlled by a single opponent or driven off the

line of scrimmage by large blockers.  Marginal skills chasing the action in pursuit.

Analysis:

A high-motor defender with a good head for the game, Hill could back up at

the next level as a rotational player in a front four alignment.

 



 

Full Name:  Keith Jackson            School:   Arkansas                                   

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   305            40:   5.08                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter whose senior totals were 79/7.5/2.5, with two

interceptions.  All-Conference selection as a junior after tallying 74/6.5/2.5.

Pos:

Undersized, active defensive lineman who constantly chases to make plays

 on the ball.  Explodes off the snap with a quick first step, fires between

gaps up the field and plays with good pad level.  Can change direction or

alter his angle of attack, redirects to ball carriers and is a presence on the

field.  Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and wraps up tackling.

Neg:

Possesses just a short-area burst of speed.  Controlled at the point by a

single blocker, or be engulfed by opponents.

Analysis:

A high-effort defender who plays with a good motor, Jackson offers

possibilities in a rotational front four and can be used as a three-technique lineman.

 



 

Full Name:  Antonio Johnson       School:   Mississippi State                       

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   310            40:   5.23                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who has played extensively as a rotational lineman

the past two years.  Senior totals included 21 tackles with four tackles for

losses after 15/3/2.5 the prior year.

Pos:

Athletic prospect with a developing game.  Fires off the snap with a great

first step, plays with excellent pad level and flashes power.  Immediately

changes direction, has a burst of closing speed and plays with good

balance.  Holds his ground against blocks.

Neg:

Displays marginal pass-rushing skills.  Slow shedding blocks.  Cannot drop

off the line in space nor does he show much lateral speed.

Analysis:

Sporadically displaying skill the past two seasons, Johnson put it together

at the Senior Bowl and the light has seemingly gone on.  Has an unpolished

game, yet offers enough upside to develop into a starter.

 



 

Full Name:  Ed Johnson                School:   Penn State                                

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   290            40:   5.12                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Posted 33/8.5/5 numbers as a starter last year.  Missed the ‘05 season

after he was expelled from school for sexual misconduct.  Missed Penn

State’s bowl game when he was again removed from the team.

Pos:

Undersized, penetrating lineman who plays with a lot of explosion.  Quickly

gets off the snap and looks like he was shot out of a cannon at times.  Plays

 with terrific leverage, keeps his feet moving on contact and possesses a

burst of closing speed.  Works his hands to get off blocks and nicely redirects to the action.

Neg:

Lacks bulk and handled at the point.  Has shown himself to be very

immature off the field, which has severely cost him.

Analysis:

A penetrating one-gap tackle, Johnson offers potential at the next level that

 will never be realized unless he grows up and stays out of trouble.

 



 

Full Name:  Derek Landri              School:   Notre Dame                                Pos:     DT

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   282            40:   5.03                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past three seasons, posting career-best totals of

65/15.5/7 as a senior.  Junior numbers were 43/8/3.

Pos:

Explosive one-gap lineman who plays with a warrior mentality.  Gets off the

snap with a quick first step, fires through the open gaps of the offensive line

 and makes plays up the field or out to the flanks.  Effectively uses his

hands, plays with good pad level and shows a burst of closing speed. 

Improved as a pass rusher last year and shows ability in pursuit.  Gives top effort.

Neg:

Undersized, slow regaining his balance off the initial block or handled at the

point by a single lineman.

Analysis:

A penetrator up front, Landri significantly elevated his play and draft grade

last season.  Best suited for a one-gap system and will be given

consideration as a three-technique lineman.  May never be an

ultra-productive NFL player, yet can expect to have a long career at the next level.

 



 

Full Name:  Louis Leonard            School:   Fresno State                             

Ht:   6-5           Wt:   322            40:   5.25                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who posted 26/6/3 as a senior after junior totals of 46/4.5/2.5.

Pos:

Thick, strong two-gap lineman who clogs the middle of the field.  Quick off

the snap, stout at the point and rarely gives ground.  Plays with a nasty

disposition and works to get involved.  Above-average athlete who makes

plays down the line of scrimmage.

Neg:

Does not use his hands well, preferring to put his head down and bull-rush

opponents off the ball.  Looked poorly conditioned last year.  Possesses

just a short burst of speed and is only an average pass rusher.

Analysis:

Possessing the size and strength to be used as a two-gap run stuffer,

Leonard offers potential as a nose tackle.  Comes off a poor senior

campaign and as a result will slip deep into the draft.

 



 

Full Name:  Marquay Love           School:   Houston                                     

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   310            40:   5.12                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter who totaled 40//4/1.5 as a senior after 38/4/1 the prior year.

Pos:

Quick, wide-bodied interior lineman with potential at nose tackle.  Gets off

the snap with an explosive first step, built low to the ground and naturally

gets leverage on opponents.  Takes up a lot of room in the middle and tough to move off the point.

Neg:

Not instinctive, shows a lot of hesitation to his game and slow locating the

ball.  Straight-line defender who is not smooth changing direction. 

Lackadaisical and does not show a physical nature to his game. 

Analysis:

Showing signs of being a prospect early in his college career, Love’s game

has leveled off and even regressed the past two years.  Has the body type

and natural strength to be an interior lineman yet will quickly exit a camp

this summer unless he turns it around.

 



 

Full Name:  Ryan McBean            School:   Oklahoma State                        

Ht:   6-4.5        Wt:   285            40:   5.01                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who moved into the starting lineup upon arriving at

Oklahoma State.  Senior totals were 25/7/4.5 after 37/6/3 the prior year.

Pos:

Explosive interior defender with size deficiencies.  Displays a quick first

step off the snap, gets leverage on opponents and drives his feet on

contact.  Fires through the gaps, penetrates up the field and redirects to

ball carriers.  Fluid if asked to twist or stunt and makes plays laterally.

Neg:

Undersized, can be handled at the point or driven off the line by opponents.

Analysis:

Offering a degree of upside, McBean has potential as a rotational tackle or

as a three-technique lineman.

 



 

Full Name:  Markell McKinley       School:   Alabama State                          

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   300            40:   5.35                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former Mississippi State transfer who returned to the field this season

posting 22/5/2.

Pos:

Explosive one-gap lineman who quickly penetrates up the field.  Plays with

good lean, has a burst of closing speed and flashes on the scene.  Keeps

his feet driving up the field on contact, displays solid strength and

bull-rushes opponents off the line.

Neg:

Mostly a straight-line player who does not show speed in pursuit.  Must

develop more moves with his hands and learn to protect himself.

Analysis:

After minimal playing experience the past three seasons, McKinley showed

signs of life last year.  Needs to improve the details of his game, yet could

back up in a number of systems and is worth a look in camp this summer.

 



 

Full Name:  Brandon Mebane       School:   California                                   

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   309            40:   5.22                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and

senior campaigns.  Totals last season were 52/10/4 after 39/9.5/7 the prior year.

Pos:

Explosive interior lineman who consistently gets penetration behind the line

 of scrimmage.  Gets off the snap with a terrific first step, plays with

leverage and good pad level.  Tenacious, keeps his feet moving up the field

and goes very hard.  Shows the ability to alter his angle of attack and rarely

 is off his feet.  Fires through the gaps upfield, forceful and flashes power,

bull-rushing opponents off the line.  Closes to the action with a burst of speed.

Neg:

Marginal hand technique and does not do a good job protecting himself. 

Handled at the point or turned from the action by larger opponents.

Analysis:

A defender with a nonstop motor, Mebane offers potential in a variety of

systems.  Has the mental makeup to play on the nose yet could also be

effective as a conventional tackle.

 



 

Full Name:  Lamar Mills                School:   Kentucky                                    Pos:     DT

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   280            40:   5.11                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who posted 28/3/1 as a senior.  Suffered a season-ending

 knee injury during the first game of the ’05 season.  Junior totals were

23/2/1/.  All-Academic performer at Kentucky.

Pos:

Explosive one-gap tackle who consistently penetrates the line of

scrimmage.  Quick off the snap, plays with good lean and pad level.  Fights

hard and finds ways to be productive.  Shows an array of moves with his hands.

Neg:

Undersized and handled at the point by a single blocker.  Marginally

productive on the college level.

Analysis:

Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Mills is a first-move lineman who

 beats opponents with a combination of quickness and intensity.  Would fit

nicely as a backup in a defensive scheme similar to that run by the Chicago Bears.

 



 

Full Name:  Royce Morgan           School:   Lehigh                                        

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   260            40:   4.94                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Played in nine games as a senior, posting 26/7/2.5 numbers on his way to

All-Conference honors.  Junior totals were 23/9.5/6.

Pos:

Explosive one-gap tackle who quickly penetrates the line of scrimmage. 

Fires through the gaps of the offensive line and quickly changes direction to

 make plays out to the sidelines.  Reads the action, recognizes screenplays

 and is disciplined with assignments.  Consistently doubled in the middle of the line.

Neg:

Undersized and handled at the point or engulfed by large blockers.  Has an

injury history that must be checked.

Analysis:

A tenacious defender who plays with a great motor, Morgan has potential as

 a backup one-gap tackle rotated in a front four alignment.

 



 

Full Name:  C.J. Niusulu               School:   Portland State                          

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   295            40:   5.24                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former UCLA transfer who was an All-Conference selection last year after

posting 28/6.5/.5 totals.

Pos:

Quick, undersized tackle who explodes through the gaps up the field.  Plays

 with good pad level, keeps his feet moving on contact and is rarely off his

feet.  Chases hard to get involved in the action and fluid moving out to the

flanks.  Works his hands throughout the play trying to protect himself and get off blocks.

Neg:

Undersized and controlled at the point by a single blocker.  Overall game

lacks strength.

Analysis:

After an up-and-down career, Niusulu seemed to get settled last season at

Portland State.  Has potential as an inexpensive backup in a one-gap

system but must be very impressive this summer to hold down a roster spot.

 



 

Full Name:  Amobi Okoye             School:   Louisville                                    

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   302            40:   5.06                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting

55/12.5/8.  Junior totals included 23 tackles.  Entered college at age 16

and will be just 19 years old when he is drafted.

Pos:

Explosive defender with terrific instincts.  Quick off the snap, plays with

good pad level and gets a lot of force going up the field.  Makes plays

laterally, effectively uses hand technique to protect himself and rarely is off his feet.  Chases hard to get involved in the action and makes plays everywhere

on the field.

Neg:

Lacks top playing strength, is slow getting off the blocks and can be

handled at the point.

Analysis:

A developing player with great upside, Okoye’s game has taken off the past

two years.  Looked sensational in the Senior Bowl and saw his draft grade

soar.  Offers potential as a two-gap end or possibly as a three-technique

lineman.  May need time to adjust to the level of competition in the NFL, yet

 he is a bright, hard-working individual who should have a long and productive football career.

 



 

Full Name:  David Patterson        School:   Ohio State                                

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   285            40:   5.16                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Second-team All-Conference selection last year after posting 22 tackles

and three tackles for loss.  Junior numbers were 26/6.5/4 after 19 tackles as a sophomore.

Pos:

Versatile lineman who has potential as a two-gap defender.  Quick off the

snap, focused on by opponents and drives up the field.  Solid technician

with his hands, fluid moving out to the flanks and makes plays down the

line.  Deceptively strong and defeats blocks.  Displays a good head for the ball.

Neg:

Possesses marginal playing speed.  At times easily handled by one-on-one blocking.

Analysis:

Flashing ability the past three years, Patterson has never taken his game

to the next level.  Competes and plays hard, which gives him a chance as a

backup in the NFL.

 



 

Full Name:  Quinn Pitcock            School:   Ohio State                                

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   299            40:   4.98                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling

39/12/8.  Junior totals included 28 tackles after a career-high 49 during

his sophomore campaign.

Pos:

Intense, high-motor defender who makes the most of his abilities.  Plays

with leverage, gets underneath opponents and wedges between blockers. 

Explodes off the snap, makes plays down the line of scrimmage and rarely

off his feet.  Constantly doubled on the inside, yet keeps his feet moving on

contact and plays with a warrior mentality.  Effective with his hands and

displays an array of moves to get off blocks.  Instinctive and immediately locates the ball.

Neg:

Engulfed by opponents or handled at the point.  Marginal playing speed.

Analysis:

An overachiever who consistently gives great effort, Pitcock’s level of play

has improved.  Could be used as a conventional tackle and also offers

possibilities as a two-gap lineman.

 



 

Full Name:  Andrew Powell          School:   Mississippi State                       

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   302            40:   5.24                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who totaled 34/2/.5 as a senior after 39/6/1.5 the prior year.

Pos:

Explosive, wide-bodied run-stuffer up front.  Quick off the snap, plays with

good pad level and holds the point.  Stout, stays on his feet and makes

plays against the run.  Works hard to get involved.

Neg:

Must learn to protect himself from blocks.  Not effective moving laterally

and lacks balance.

Analysis:

A straight-line run defender with solid size, Powell is an underrated

prospect who could find a home as a backup tackle in a conventional system.

 



 

Full Name:  Deljaun Robinson      School:   Mississippi State                       

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   292            40:   5.11                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons, posting 34/12.5/1.5 as a senior

after 29 tackles the prior season.

Pos:

Smallish yet explosive tackle who is best suited for a one-gap system. 

Plays with good pad level, quickly gets off the snap and flashes power. 

Keeps his feet driving up the field, occasionally shows the ability to

bull-rush blockers off the line and goes hard until the whistle blows.

Neg:

Easily tied up at the point, and must do a better job with his hands to

protect himself.  Possesses just a short-area burst of speed.  Had

open-heart surgery prior to his enrollment at Mississippi State.

Analysis:

An explosive tackle flying under the radar screen, Robinson offers potential

as a rotational front four lineman if he passes medical exams.

 



 

Full Name:     Ben Siegert     School:           Oregon State 

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   291            40:   5.22                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Posted 23/3.5/1 totals as a senior after totaling 30 tackles during his

junior campaign.  Moved in and out of the starting lineup since his freshman campaign.

Pos:

Stout, resilient lineman who chases to get involved in the action.  Strong in

his lower body, drives up the field and bull-rushes opponents off the ball. 

Plays with good pad level and is tough to move off the point.  Intense and goes

hard until the whistle blows.

Neg:

Possesses a short burst of speed that he cannot sustain.  Must do a better

job using his hands to protect himself.

Analysis:

Durability has been an issue the past two seasons for Siegert who must

remain healthy for any chance to make a roster.

 



 

Full Name:     Paul Soliai        School:           Utah   

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   344            40:   5.14                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer awarded All-Conference honors last year after a

breakout campaign of 35/3.5/2.  Totaled five tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Big, powerful defender who clogs the middle of the field.  Gets off the snap

with a quick first step, focused on by opponents and plays with good

balance.  Powerful, gets a lot of force going up the field and splits double

team blocks.  Plays with good pad level, quickly changes direction and gets out to the flanks making plays.

Neg:

Too large and must condition himself better as he wears down over the

course of a game.  Displays minimal hand technique and moves. Not known

as a hard worker or one who remains focused.

Analysis:

Soliai offers terrific upside but relies to much on his natural ability to get

the job done.  Could dominate at the next level or may end up a prospect

who never meets expectations if he doesn’t crank it up.

 



 

Full Name:  David Stanton           School:   Michigan State                         

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   286            40:   5.21                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who has been a reserve the past two years.  Senior

totals were 21/7/1 after 13 tackles the prior year.

Pos:

Nice-sized interior lineman with growth potential.  Plays with leverage,

wedges between blocks and fires up the field.  Fluid changing direction,

makes plays down the line or in pursuit to the flanks.  Deceptively strong

and holds the point against blocks.

Neg:

Must develop more moves and learn to protect himself.  Lacks a quick first

step off the snap.

Analysis:

Flashing skill the past two seasons, Stanton has yet to take his game to the

 next level.  Has shown enough ability which, combined with his size, will get

 him looks in camp this summer.

 



 

Full Name:  Kelly Talavou            School:   Utah                                          

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   307            40:   5.32                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting

47/8/3.  Junior numbers were 31/2/1.5.

Pos:

Strong, two-gap lineman with potential at nose tackle.  Quick off the snap,

plays with excellent pad level and is fluid moving in all directions of the

field.  Pursues to the sidelines making plays out to the flanks and has a

burst of closing speed.  Flashes power, stays with the action and possesses a non-stop motor.

Neg:

Slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point or engulfed by larger

opponents.  Marginal skill as a pass rusher.

Analysis:

Consistently flying around the ball, Talavou is a hard worker with potential

as a backup in a two-gap system.

 



 

Full Name:  Marcus Thomas        School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   314            40:   4.95                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who played in five games as a senior, posting 26/5.5/4.

 Junior totals were 45/10.5/4.  Was briefly suspended from the team last

season, only to return and eventually be dismissed from the program after a

 positive test for marijuana.

Pos:

Explosive interior lineman who is a force when focused on his game.  Plays

with good pad level, quickly gets off the snap and is fluid changing direction.

  Effectively uses his hands to protect himself or get off blocks, makes

plays laterally and covers a good amount of area on the field.  Focused on

by opponents and defends the run or rushes the passer.

Neg:

Gets lazy and takes plays off.  Does not give consistent effort trying to

shed blocks.  Has been in a lot of trouble the past eight months.

Analysis:

Possessing first-round physical skills, Thomas offers starting potential at

the next level if he makes football a top priority and stays clean off the field.

 



 

Full Name:  Walter Thomas         School:   NW Mississippi CC                     

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   345            40:   5.32                Year:     3Jr

Bio:

Former Oklahoma State transfer who started just two games last season

posting 16/5/4.

Pos:

King-sized defender who is a load in the middle of the line.  Possesses

natural power, takes up a lot of room and easily holds the point.  Displays

leg drive, pushes opponents up the field and collapses the pocket.  Flashes

hand technique and a burst of speed.

Neg:

Consistently gets locked up at the point and is slow to shed blocks.  Does

not always play to his size.  Gets tall and makes himself an easy target.

Analysis:

Offering tremendous innate skill, Thomas has the physical abilities to play

at the next level.  At this point he is a project who has a ways to go before

he'll make an NFL roster.

 


 

Full Name:     Mataifale Toeaina       School:           Oregon           

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   307            40:   5.05                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons and an All-Conference selection as

a senior after 36 tackles and three tackles for loss.  Junior numbers were 36/3/6.

Pos:

Versatile lineman who has been used at both tackle and end.  Very quick off

 the snap, plays with good pad level and anchors at the point.  Redirects to

the action and works to get involved in the play.

Neg:

Must do a better job using his hands to protect himself.  Slow shedding

blocks and gets wired at the point.

Analysis:

A two-gap stuffer who controls the point, Toeaina could flourish as a

defensive end in a 34 system if he turns up the intensity and improves the details of his game.

 



 

Full Name:  DeMarcus Tyler         School:   North Carolina State                 Pos:     DT

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   310            40:   5.32                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who totaled 49/8.5/3 as a senior after 41/4.5/2 the prior season.

Pos:

Explosive, dominating interior lineman who takes over games when focused.

  Solid athlete who displays lateral movement skills, keeps his feet moving

on contact and drives blockers off the ball.  Plays with good lean and

possesses top overall body strength.

Neg:

Must develop more moves as he tends to solely lower his head and

bull-rush opponents off the ball.  Marginal skills as a pass rusher.  Does not

 chase hard to get involved in the action.

Analysis:

A lineman who can be a dominant force on the inside, Tyler is known as a

player who turns it on and off.  Does not give consistent effort on the field,

nor does he properly condition himself off it.  Offers a great amount of

upside, yet must first get serious about playing football.


 

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