N.C. State Senior
40: 5.14 (Campus)
PROS: Has good strength and gets low to anchor and make stops at the point of attack. Has a nice first step which allows him to get leverage vs. the run. Plays with a high motor and will give chase to ballcarrier in pursuit. Flashes potential as a bull rusher and has a decent swim move. Comfortable moving in space when he drops off in coverage.
CONS: Struggles vs. double teams and struggles to get off blocks at times. Not likely to pressure the quarterback unless he beats the blocker with his first step, since his pass rush moves are underdeveloped. Misses stops in the backfield because he doesn't break down well when he does get penetration.
OVERVIEW: He's a short guy that played across N.C. State's line as a defensive tackle. But played the nose, 3-technique, as well as end when they went to a 3-man front. Had knee surgery during spring before his junior year, missing 3 games. In three years as a starter, he combined for 21 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, and 48 quarterback pressures.
NFL FORECAST: I like his potential to play the nose tackle over other positions. Right now he fits best in a 4-3 scheme in that role as a rotational player. But I believe if he were to get bigger and add some weight, he'd have ability to play the nose in a 3-4 scheme. He's probably a rotational player regardless of the scheme he plays in, but shows potential as a run stopper if he can improve his techniques and get off blocks better. But you like his motor and that should get him to stick on a roster. If he can put on another 10-20 pounds, I really like his chances as a rotational run stuffer. As is, he can help a rotation, but probably won't be more than a No. 4 guy. The player I would compare him to is someone like Chuck Darby. He too was short in stature, but was a good backup nose tackle in the league that had 9 years in the league, including four as a starter.
ATL FORECAST: He can compete and push for time on the Falcons bench. He's a high motor player that can play multiple techniques which is a bonus. He can push for time right as the No. 4 guy, although he's more likely to land a spot on the practice squad, add some more bulk and then come back in 2011 and make the roster. He really doesn't have the potential as a starter, but can be a good contributor as a part-time player in a rotation.
VALUE: He's worth a look in the late rounds for a team looking for a developmental guy as a sixth or seventh round pick.
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