John Fletcher, DE, Wyoming

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John Fletcher, DE, Wyoming

Postby Pudge » Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:49 am

Wyoming Senior
40: 4.82 (Campus)

PROS: Shows ability to get leverage at the point of attack vs. the run. Has a decent first step that flashes some ability as a bull rusher. Has a nice motor.
CONS: Lacks the speed to challenge the corner and only presses the pocket a little. Has trouble getting off blocks.
OVERVIEW: He's a run stopper first and foremost that adds little value as a pass rusher although he was productive at Wyoming. He played mostly defensive tackle for them, which was closer a 3-technique in their 3-man front. Finished career with 24 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, and 5 blocked kicks. Best season was as a sophomore with 10.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
NFL FORECAST: Fletcher projects well in a 3-man front at the next level and should make a nice 3-4 end. He has the potentail to be a nice run stopper that can get leverage and occupy blocks. He'll work best in a 3-4 that wants its linemen to free up the linebackers rather than provide significant pressure. He could develop into an OK pass rusher if he can improve his bull rush. But he's just an effort guy that will only get 1-3 sacks as a starter. He could also play DT in a 4-3, but would need to bulk up significantly since his build is that of an end. And even then, he's at best a reserve guy that won't be a great run stopper.
ATL FORECAST: Unless the Falcons plan to move to a 3-4 hybrid scheme, there should be fairly little interest in Fletcher. He has some ability to play the run as an end and could be developed as a 4-3 tackle, but he lacks ideal upside to really be any more effective in such a role than anybody currently on the roster, that he'd be hard-pressed to stick.
VALUE: For a 3-4 team looking for a backup to develop as a starter, I'd take Fletcher in the sixth or seventh round.
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