Willie VanDeSteeg, DE, Minnesota

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Willie VanDeSteeg, DE, Minnesota

Postby Pudge » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:47 pm

Willie VanDeSteeg
6-4/256 Minnesota
4.82 Senior

Pros: Has a decent first step that has a knack for shooting gaps. Has a great motor and doesn't quit on plays.

Cons: Lacks burst and quickness to be an edge rusher. Doesn't have the strength to push the pocket when he works inside. Lacks closing burst on the ball and doesn't break down well in space to make the tackle.

Overview: He's a versatile and productive player that had 10.5 sacks this past year. He plays mostly in the 5-technique at Minnesota, but will also get reps at the 3 and 7 techniques as well as getting some time with his hand off the ground at linebacker. He works best in the 5-technique.

NFL Forecast: He's a high effort player that offers some versatility, but doesn't really fit any one position. Plays his best in the 5-technique, but is undersized to really be a 3-4 end at this point. If he gets bigger and stronger that's probably where he'd be best at. Lacks the edge speed to really be an impact 4-3 guy, although if he gets stronger might be a decent run stuffing left end. Although he'll play some linebacker, he's not quick enough to make an impact in the 3-4 scheme there. He can make an NFL roster because of his motor and effort, but he's a long- term project that probably needs to be around 275-285 pound range before he can really be expected to contribute something significant.

ATL Forecast: He's a long-term project that is a similar player to Biermann, although a bit bigger. He could help the Falcons, but probably only as a run-stopper down the road, not so much as a pass rusher. A guy that can help the rotation, but not sure if he can contribute significantly early on.

Value: For a 3-4 team willing to hide him on the depth chart for a year or two, might be worth a look late in the seventh round, but probably would just try to pick him up in the undrafted market.
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