Pros: Has good size and strength. A powerful player that uses size well to push the pocket. Has a good motor and a nice ﬁrst step. Shows potential and ability to get leverage, get off blocks, and make the stop at the point of attack. Will give chase to ballcarriers and has nice closing burst on the QB. Has a decent swim move, but primarily a bull rusher.
Cons: Needs to get off blocks better and not great when facing double teams. Not as effective when he moves over to play the nose. At times shoots upﬁeld too quickly, forgetting gap responsibilities. Durability is a factor as he's never really been healthy the past few years.
Overview: Jerry is a power player with good strength and motor. He plays primarily in the 3-technique, but gets some reps at nose. He was 299 at the Combine, so I suspect that's much closer to what he'll be playing at in the league. Cousin of former NFL linebacker Dwayne Rudd (1997-03). Brother, John, plays O-line for Ole Miss. Two other cousins are safety prospects in this draft: Jamarca Sanford and Derek Pegues. Went to Hargrave MIlitary Academy in order to improve academics. Had ankle injuries, but still managed 5 sacks in 8 games. Came to Ole Miss the following year. Missed more time with ankle injuries that year, as well as the following year in 2006. Tore lateral meniscus in right knee this past August, but only missed 1 game because of it. When healthy, he's been very productive. Had 32 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks the past two seasons, playing in 24 games.
NFL Forecast: Jerry ﬁts well as a 3-technique DT. He'll never be a great pass rusher at the next level, but will be a guy that can routinely get 2-4 sacks per year. Where his potential lies is vs. the run. He's not consistent there, but ﬂashes skills to suggest he could become very good there. He has potential to slide over to the nose in the 4-3 as well, but needs to be more consistent there. With his size, burst, and quickness he could become a solid run stuffer there. But his effectiveness diminishes when you line him up over the nose. It's like he doesn't know how to play it. That suggests that he just needs to be coached up, because you see the skill set there. He could potentially play in the 3-4 scheme as a DE more so than a NT. He just doesn't have the size or power you like to play there, since he's pretty raw at this point. But as a DE, he could be a solid addition. Although again, his best ﬁt is in the 4-3.
ATL Forecast: The Falcons would draft Jerry to eventually play nose tackle. As they develop him, they would likely play him at both tackle spots as they "teach" him how to be a 4-3 nose tackle. Eventually, he could take to the move, although it's probably not going to be felt until three or so years down the road. But if he does learn (and I think he will), he would make a solid starter. He has potential to develop into a good, not great player in Atlanta. As a 3-technique DT however, he's not as good a pass rusher as Babineaux.
Value: Jerry is a solid second round talent, but would be a reach if taken even late in the ﬁrst round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
POINT OF ATTACK: 4.0
PASS RUSH: 3.5
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