Alex Magee, DT/DE, Purdue

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Alex Magee, DT/DE, Purdue

Postby Pudge » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:47 pm

Alex Magee
6-3/286 Purdue
4.82 Senior

Pros: A versatile player that can play both inside and out. Is a nice pass rusher with a good first step. Gets penetration and has a nice inside move, using his rip and swim. Breaks down well in space and can play contain. Has a good motor and does a nice job in pursuit.

Cons: As an end, lacks the edge speed to beat the tackle. Needs to get stronger if he wants to play inside. Has trouble getting off blocks and needs to improve his recognition when playing outside.

Overview: He was listed at 298 at the Combine, which is about where he was listed in school. The drop in weight is probably the reason for his quickness and suggests to me that DE in the 3-4 is probably his best fit. He should continue the tradition of solid Purdue linemen, although he's not the traditional edge rusher that they usually produce. He's a bit of a tweener. Spent most of his career at tackle, but started at end his senior year. Had most production there with 6 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

NFL Forecast: He's fine as is if he wants to play end in the 3-4. But if he wants to become a 3-technique pass rusher in the 4-3, he'll need to bulk back up closer to 300. He'll lose some quickness, but still should be capable of getting penetration if he continues to improve his technique. He's a nice pass rusher that I think could be a 3-5 sack guy regardless of the scheme he works in. But his length to impact is probably less in the 3-4. IN that scheme, won't be a monster, but should be a steady guy in a similar vein as Antonio Smith. If he moves to the 4-3, I see some potential to be as good as Babineaux.

ATL Forecast: He'd provide valuable depth behind Babineaux. He might have some difficulty getting reps early since he's probably not immediately a better option than Moorehead, but could also get some reps on running downs at DE. He could be a versatile weapon in the team's rotation, playing both end and tackle, but his best best would be to try and bulk up and become an interior pass rusher. WOuldn't be crazy however to ask him to drop another 5-10 pounds and become a capable run-stopping end. But he'd probably only be a 1-3 sack guy at that position. He'd be a solid reserve for several years in Atlanta, but may never develop into an impact starter.

Value: Magee is worth a fourth round pick for a 3-4 team. A 4-3 team is probably better off waiting a round.
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