Pros: Physical run stopper that has good strength and is stout at the point of attack. Has a decent first step and quickness. Does a good job when faced one on one and is effective in a short area. Has a good motor and will give chase to ballcarriers, although he's not going to make the play.
Cons: Lacks ideal quickness and won't be a factor as a pass rusher in the NFL. Lacks pass rush moves. Doesn't get off blocks well and struggles when double teamed.
Overview: Favorite fits well as a nose tackle in both the 1 and 2-gap schemes. Although at this point, I like him better in the 4-3. Was very effective a year ago because he almost always faced single blockers due to the double teams that Dorsey drew. But this past year, not nearly as effective since he got a lot more double teams. Rotated constantly in LSU's defensive scheme, so never had big production.
NFL Forecast: Favorite would be a nice rotational backup in either the 3-4 or 4-3. He has potential in the 3-4 more so than ability and would need to improve his ability to take on double teams. As of now however, he'd make a nice backup in the 4-3 with the potential to be a decent starter down the road. The type of guy that is a nice backup for 3 or 4 years, and then becomes a journeyman starter after his rookie contract expires. He adds depth to a team and is worth developing as a starting nose tackle. But don't be surprised if he never becomes that starter.
ATL Forecast: Favorite would help the Falcons rotation at the nose, but he won't make significant contributions until three or four years down the road. He could provide 15-20 snaps early on to keep other guys fresh. He'd be a nice developmental nose tackle. If he does develop, would make a nice two-down guy that would more than likely be pulled on passing downs. He could start for the Falcons, but wouldn't be anything special there.
Value: The earliest he should go off the board is late in the fifth round.
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