Earl Heyman, DT, Louisville

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Earl Heyman, DT, Louisville

Postby Pudge » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:50 pm

Earl Heyman
6-1/290 Louisville
5.16 Senior

Pros: He has nice size and strength. Is a nice bull rusher that can get some push on the pocket. Is a high character player with a good motor, toughness, and shows leadership. Has a decent swim move.

Cons: Needs to get bigger and stronger vs. the run. Won't get penetration and lacks the first step to really be a factor as a pass rusher. Doesn't have closing burst to take out the QB on the occasions he does penetrate. Doesn't get off blocks.

Overview: He plays across Louisville's line, but does his best work at nose tackle. He's a guy that you notice the increased effort as games wear on. Productive his final two years combining for 9 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.

NFL Forecast: You like his effort, motor, and character, and because of those things alone I think he'll be able to stick in the NFL despite not having great physical gifts. Probably won't ever be anything more than a No. 4 guy in a rotation, but perhaps down the line if he gets bigger and stronger could be a decent third tackle. He fits best as a nose tackle because he lacks quickness. He'll never be a pass rusher, and if he played ten years in the pros, he'd be lucky get to get 5 sacks. If he bulked up significantly, could work as a backup NT in the 3-4, but I would say your best bet is to try him in the 4-3. Won't be special, but a guy that coaches will love and manage to keep around for a while.

ATL Forecast: Heyman would help the Falcons rotation, but wouldn't be a problem solver. His work ethic alone could land him at least a practice squad spot here in Atlanta, and he'd be worth developing further in the future. But he'll never be more than an average rotation player because he lacks the physical gifts. Really in terms of impact, all you can really hope for is that he's another Antwan Lake.

Value: He isn't worth drafting due to lack of upside, but good enough to make somebody's team as a free agent.
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