Rashaad Duncan, DT, Pittsburgh

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Rashaad Duncan, DT, Pittsburgh

Postby Pudge » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:52 pm

Rashaad Duncan
6-2/298 Pittsburgh
5.08 Senior

Pros: Has good strength and shows nice ability at the point of attack. Has a good motor and a nice first step. Can make plays laterally down the line and will chase down ballcarriers. Has a decent swim move and most effective when he's lined up at nose tackle. Does a nice job shooting gaps and making stops in the backfield. Shows good intelligence and awareness, able to sniff out screens.

Cons: Not going to beat you with his quickness. Has trouble against double teams. Struggles when he faces guards that can match him in the strength department.

Overview: He's a strong, effort player that should be a nice rotation player. Has some skills to develop down the line. He was a three-year starter known for his relatively consistent level of play. Never was super-productive, but was a big reason why MLB Scott McKillop got big tackle numbers.

NFL Forecast: He's a similar player to Kendrick Clancy in that for the early part of his career he could be a solid rotation player, but by the time he's ready for his second contract could be a solid starter. He fits best in a 4-3 at the nose. He's worth developing, and I think could be a capable, but not special starter down the road. But in the mean time he can give a team 20 snaps per game, and help out vs. the run. He'll never be a good pass rusher that would be lucky to get 2 sacks per year. But he's effective at pushing the pocket to work in the 4-3. If he got bigger and stronger, could have a future as a 3-4 nose tackle. But would probably be a backup. But then again, Clancy started out as an undersized nose tackle for the Steelers.

ATL Forecast: Duncan could do a lot to bolster the Falcons rotation. He's worth developing, and could be a starter by his fourth or fifth season in Atlanta. He won't be able to contribute a ton at the beginning, but will give you good minutes and help spell the starters. As he develops his strength and improve his techniques, he should become a competent starter for the team.

Value: He's a nice late round pick that could be a nice pick late in the fifth, but I'd rather take in the sixth round.
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