Central Florida Senior
PROS: Is a good short-area player that gets leverage against the run. Anchors well at the point of attack and hard to move. Shows power move to shed blocker and make stop at the point of attack. Has a good motor and keeps working to the quarterback. Flahshes potential as a bull rusher, with a decent first step to press pocket.
CONS: Lacks range to make plays in pursuit. Not a threat to penetrate. At times has trouble getting off blocks.
OVERVIEW: A space-eating tackle that has good potential to fit in a two-gap scheme. Played both nose and under tackle in UCF's 4-3 scheme. A three-year starter that had his best year as a junior where he had 52 tackles, 12.5 for loss, and 2 sacks.
NFL FORECAST: Troup has good potential to develop into a starter at the nose in a 3-4 scheme. He's not going to come into the league right away and be a starter, but within two or three seasons I think could become a solid starter. He's not going to be a disruptive presence, but knows how to get leverage and operate in a short-area which is exactly what you need a two-gap nose tackle. So he won't be a star, but can be a guy that can keep blockers off linebackers and potentially develop into a comparable player as Jason Ferguson. In a 4-3 scheme, he can definitely add depth and just has enough upfield burst and quickness to be able to press the pocket. But he's a guy that won't get more than 1-3 sacks in a season, and they will almost certainly be coverage sacks where the quarterback steps up in the pocket.
ATL FORECAST: Troup can contribute in Atlanta as a two-down player, and fits because he can play multiple techniques, although he's clearly a much better fit in the 1-technique or nose. He'll probably only be a backup here in Atlanta, but can add a lot of value as a run stuffer that plays 20-30 snaps a game. With his size and potential, he should be able to immediately contribute as the No. 4 guy and work his way up the depth chart in a few years.
VALUE: For a 3-4 team looking for a developmental nose tackle, he is a nice third or fourth round pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
POINT OF ATTACK: 3.5
PASS RUSH: 2.0
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