John Russell, DE/DT, Wake Forest

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John Russell, DE/DT, Wake Forest

Postby Pudge » Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:25 am

Wake Forest Senior
40: 4.92 (Campus)

PROS: Has a high motor and is able to put some pressure on the quarterback because of it. Also does a nice job on stunts. Has some ability to hold the point and make stop at the line of scrimmage. Shows toughness, leadership, and character on the field.
CONS: Not an impact player. Lacks quickness to get upfield, and has limited repertoire of pass rush moves. Undersized to play on the interior at the next level.
OVERVIEW: Russell played mainly the 3-technique besides Robinson at Wake Forest. He is a high motor player that is a bit more disruptive than his teammate, but besides his strength and motor there aren't a ton of tools to work with. Combined for 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks the past two years as a starter.
NFL FORECAST: He's a player that I think should get bigger in order to play inside at the next level in a 4-3 scheme. He's not going to be a disruptive guy, so he'll have to get bigger and better vs. the run to stick there. I also think as is he could make a nice backup defensive end in a 3-4 team. He's a guy that will make a roster because teams like his toughness and motor, not because he's particularly skilled. The type of player that does the little things that endear him to coaches and could manage to have a long NFL career as a backup because of it. I don't really see him as a starter because he doesn't possess ideal athleticism or quickness. His optimal playing weight to remain in the 4-3 is probably around 290-300 pounds.
ATL FORECAST: His motor can allow him to stick on the Falcons roster, but most likely on the practice squad initially. Then in his second season he'd have a chance to make the team, particularly if he used his first season wisely to add some muscle. He's not a guy that is going to make a lot of plays, but with some added bulk can be a valuable rotation player on running downs. He's basically a guy that can help keep the other more productive players fresh and be the equivalent of Chauncey Davis on the interior with his high motor that manages to earn him reps.
VALUE: A team might snag him in the seventh round, particularly a 3-4 team targetting him as depth.
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