Has good strength and quickness combination. Shows nice range and will give chase in pursuit. Has a pretty good motor and keeps working. Has a decent first step to get some push and penetration. Effective getting push against the center at the nose tackle position. Shows ability to anchor at times, split the double team and make the stop at the point of attack.
Too often gets pushed off the ball against the double team and is too effectively neutralized htere. Needs to do a better job using his hands to get leverage. Has trouble disengaging from blocks and only seems to do so when he's a yard or more down the field. Doesn't really show the burst upfield or any pass rush moves to be impactful there.
Blanc rotated with Clayton this past year, serving as the backup nose tackle beside Fairley. He is a nice one-gap tackle that has enough burst to be disruptive at times, but tends to try and anchor and he's not great there. He can contribute in a rotation. Started most of his sophomore and junior years, combining for 59 tackles, 10 for loss, and 5 sacks during those seasons. As a senior reserve, he had 26 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks.
Blanc can be a decent rotational player at the next level. He's not going to be an impact pass rusher or big time penetrator, but if he can bulk up a bit more he can be a capable run stuffer. He's more of an anchor guy that guy that is going to be living in an opponent's backfield. Because of that, he's ideal playing on a team and system like he was at Auburn, where his job is to occupy blockers to free up his linemates rather than be the guy to make the play himself. Teaming with a quick disruptive guy will be the best fit. I like him as a reserve nose tackle in a 4-3 scheme, particularly in schemes that have a stricter delineation between the nose and under tackle. But regardless, you're talking about a guy that is a No. 4 guy that can contribute reps, but won't ever make the amount of plays that will keep him in one place for a long time. He's more of a journeyman type that probably isn't going to make major contributions early in his career. But by the time his rookie contract is set to expire, he should be to add depth and help out a rotation.
Blanc can play in Atlanta and fill a similar niche as Vance Walker. But Walker is probably better at this point, and thus Blanc would have to settle for a practice squad spot. He can develop there for a year or two and if Walker eventually moves on or is replaced, he could fill the slot. But Blanc doesn't really have the talent or upside to hold that spot for long, and he too would probably be replaced by a better player within two or so years.
Blanc can add depth and is worth a look at the end of the seventh round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point Of Attack: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.0
Scouting reports of the defensive tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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