NFL Draft '06: Scouting the Defensive Tackles
Full Name: Baraka Atkins School: Miami-Fl Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 280 40: 5.07 Yr: 4Jr Pos: Athletic lineman who can be used at either the tackle or end positions. Plays with good pad level, fast off the edge and displays a fluid change of direction. Possesses a large degree of suddenness and explosion. Excellent lateral movement skills and covers a large area on the field. Beats opponents with a nice inside move. Neg: Must improve his overall body strength as he's handled at a the point by a single blocker. Analysis: A prospect that's shown continual progression on the field, Atkins offers good upside for the next level. Could be a high draft choice in ‘07 should he pull it altogether. Full Name: Kevin Brown School: UCLA Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 285 40: 5.04 Yr: 3Jr Pos: Leverage lineman with a good degree of upside potential. Quick off the snap, moves well laterally and has a burst of closing speed in any direction. Chases to get involved and fluid making plays up and down the line. Explodes into gaps and gets penetration up the field. Neg: Lacks playing strength and held at the point by a single blocker. Sidelined with an ankle injury this year. Analysis: Brown has been productive on the football field and will only get better as he physically matures. Hampered by growth limitations yet would be effective in a variety of 4-3 alignments. Full Name: Brodrick Bunkley School: Florida State Ht: 6-2 Wt: 286 40: 5.03 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Undersized yet explosive defensive tackle, perfectly suited to play the nose. Quickly gets off the snap with a great first step, possesses a low center of gravity and powerful build. Gets push up the field collapsing the pocket and disrupts the action. Plays with good pad level and goes hard until the whistle blows. Neg: Engulfed by large opponents. Straight line-ish and lacks a quick change of direction. Has suffered multiple knee injuries and off the field incidents in the past. Analysis: A run stuffer in the middle of the line, Bunkley's ability to play with leverage and get the first step on opponents gives him a decided advantage. Productive at the next level if he keeps his focus and makes football a priority. Full Name: Barry Cofield School: Northwestern Ht: 6-3 Wt: 303 40: 4.95 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Athletic lineman who can be used at tackle or as a two-gap end. Quickly gets off the snap with a nice first step, plays with leverage and displays a good change of direction. Drives up the field, works hands to get off blocks and tough to move off the point. Solid job quickly locating the ball. Neg: Lacks great first step quickness. Needs to improve the strength of his base as he is pushed off the point. Analysis: A player still developing, Cofield offers terrific upside for the next level. Stands to develop a nasty streak and must learn to use all his assets on an every down basis yet a solid long term prospect. Full Name: Larry Dibbles School: Texas Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 285 40: 5.07 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Undersized yet explosive defensive lineman who plays with an aggressive attitude. Gets leverage on opponents, fires between gaps and wraps up tackling. Intelligent player. Some ability to be used in space on zone blitzes. Neg: Engulfed or swallowed up by opponents. Easily removed from his angle of attack. Does not give consistent effort. Analysis: Flashing ability on occasion, Dibbles is effective when on his game. Has the ability to be a middle round selection next April and can play in an NFL-system which rotates the front four. Full Name: Clifton Dickson School: Florida State Ht: 6-2 Wt: 290 40: 4.97 Yr: 4Jr Pos: Athletic tackle who flashes skill. Plays with good pad level and quickly gets off the snap. Strong and tough to move off the point. Solid change of direction as well as a good burst of closing speed. Flashes hand technique shedding blocks. Neg: Must develop a larger array of moves and improve the details of his game. Not light on his feet. Academically ineligible this season and on the playing field. Analysis: A consistent player as a sophomore, Dickson offers good upside for the next level yet must get his priorities in order and develop a complete game. Full Name: Dusty Dvoracek School: Oklahoma Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 300 40: 4.98 Yr: 5Sr Pos: High motor defender with outstanding explosion. Quick off the snap, gives great effort and chases around the field to make plays. Gets leverage on opponents, works his hands throughout the action and deceptively strong. Consistently in the opponents backfield disrupting plays. Neg: Too aggressive and over pursues the action. Has a long history of off the field incidents. Analysis: A lineman who plays with great intensity, Dvoracek has been a masher on the field and a game impacting defender. Lacks overwhelming size\speed numbers yet if he keeps his focus and matures he has the skills to start at the next level. Full Name: Justin Harrell School: Tennessee Ht: 6-3 Wt: 300 40: 5.11 Yr: 4Jr Pos: Developing young lineman with excellent upside potential. Possesses an explosive first step off the snap, plays incredibly low to the ground and consistently gets leverage on opponents. Immediately alters his angle of attack, changing direction or redirecting to the play. Fluid and very agile. Makes a lot of plays up and down the line of scrimmage. Explosive and quick into the gaps in run defense. Neg: Marginal playing strength and must beat opponents with his first move or has difficulty getting past them at all. Analysis: A lineman that does not get the credit he's due, Harrell must be closely monitored the next two seasons. Potentially a top 32 choice in the '07 draft. Full Name: Orien Harris School: Miami-Fl Ht: 6-2 Wt: 300 40: 5.18 Yr: 5Sr Pos: Talented prospect that displays flashes of skill yet minimal consistency. Quickly gets off the snap with a nice first step, displays power and forceful on the interior. Immediately changes direction, plays with good pad level and possesses excellent movement skills. Gets push up the field and displays a burst of closing speed. Neg: Not instinctive nor decisive and slow locating the ball. At times easily locked up at the point and must become quicker shedding blocks. Analysis: Possessing a good degree of upside potential, Harris never turned the corner or took his game to another level. Scouts are still waiting for the breakout campaign which is yet to come. Possesses top 32 physical skills yet based on game film a late second round selection at best. Full Name: Manase Hopoi School: Washington Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 286 40: 5.18 Yr: 5Sr Pos: Underrated defensive lineman with the ability to be used at several positions up front. Quickly gets off the snap with a nice first step, plays with good pad level and immediately locates the ball. Explosive, wedges between blocks and fluid changing direction. Effectively works hands throughout the action and displays an outstanding swim move. Pursues laterally with speed and a resilient defender who works until the whistle. Helps out on coverage teams. Neg: Lacks size and growth potential. Easily turned off the play by single blockers. Analysis: Productive and hard working, Hopoi has potential at the next level as a backup or rotational player. Size concerns will throw him into the late rounds of the draft yet could make a roster as either a three technique lineman or two gap defender. Full Name: Johnny Jolly School: Texas A&M Ht: 6-3 Wt: 310 40: 5.11 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Versatile lineman with potential at tackle or as a two gap end. Quick off the snap, immediately changes direction and displays the ability to pursue laterally. Athletic, can drop off the line then play in space. Effective when he keeps his pads low to the ground. Displays good hand technique defeating blocks. Works hard and gives consistent effort. Neg: At times gets tall immediately out of his stance, making himself an easy target for opposing blockers. Slow locating the ball. Watched his play slide as a junior after a tremendous sophomore campaign. Analysis: And efficient lineman who works hard, Jolly needs to iron out the rough edges of his game yet is a solid middle round choice with ability for the next level. Full Name: Jonathan Lewis School: Virginia Tech Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 308 40: 5.06 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Explosive interior lineman who goes hard until the whistle blows. Quick off the snap, plays with excellent pad level and displays good lateral movement skills. Tenacious and hustles sideline-to-sideline trying to make positive plays. Pursues laterally with speed displaying adequate range. Explodes through the open gaps into the opponents backfield. Neg: Undersized and has difficulty against large blockers. Does not stand out in any single area. Analysis: A high motor player, Lewis is a solid one-gap tackle that would be effective in a scheme such as the Indianapolis Colts. Full Name: Jesse Mahelona School: Tennessee Ht: 6-2 Wt: 300 40: 5.08 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Explosive one gap lineman who plays with tremendous tenacity. Immediately gets off the snap, plays with terrific pad level and doubled in the middle of the line. Strong and tough to move off the point. Instinctive and does a solid job reading the action then locating the ball. Displays good hand technique protecting himself. Plays hard until the whistle. Neg: Does not immediately alter his angle of attack and has difficulty redirecting to the action. Possesses only a short area burst of speed. Lacks great size and engulfed by large blockers. Analysis: A disruptive force on the inside, Mahelona has potential in a one-gap system. Can be productive at the next level if properly used. Full Name: Vaka Manupuna School: Colorado Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 290 40: 5.15 Yr: 5Sr Pos: High motor defender lacking top size\speed numbers. Plays low with excellent pad level, quick off the snap and possesses a terrific first step. Gets underneath opponents, works hands throughout the play and drives up the field. Redirects to the action, plays with good balance and immediately alters his angle of attack or changes direction. Solid head for the ball and instinctive. Neg: Not strong and handled by single blockers. Engulfed at the point because of his lack of size. Analysis: Playing hard for 60 minutes, Manupuna is an intense defender with good intangibles. Limited growth potential restricts his upside for the next level yet would be an asset to a roster as a seventh\eighth lineman. Full Name: Anthony Montgomery School: Minnesota Ht: 6-5 Wt: 303 40: 5.32 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Explosive interior lineman with a nice combination of size and athleticism. Plays with good pad level, rarely off his feet and consistently around the action. Easily holds the point or slides off blocks laterally. Fluid changing direction and nicely redirects to the play. Diagnoses the action and quickly locates the ball. Neg: Must do a better job protecting himself and learn to play to his size on an every down basis. At times easily controlled at the point by a single blocker. Analysis: Flashing skill the past three seasons, Montgomery has the physical abilities to develop into a starting defensive tackle at the next level. Shows minimal consistency to his game and as a result will slide later in the draft then many now predict. Full Name: Haloti Ngata School: Oregon Ht: 6-4 Wt: 340 40: 5.05 Yr: 4Jr Pos: Powerful interior tackle who controls the line of scrimmage. Plays with lean and leverage, gets underneath opponents then holds his ground against double team blocks. Quickly gets off the snap with a nice first step, displays outstanding overall power and pushes opponents up the field. Some ability to make plays laterally. Neg: Must improve his technique and protect himself better. Not light on his feet and lacks sustained speed. Analysis: A massive run stuffer in the middle the field, Ngata can be a dominant defender who controls the line of scrimmage. Needs to refine his overall game yet offers a lot of upside for the next level. Full Name: Babatunde Oshinowo School: Stanford Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 320 40: 5.18 Yr: 5Sr Pos: Quick interior lineman built low to the ground. Plays with good pad level, displays a great first step off the snap and gets a lot of penetration up the field. Disciplined, reads the action and does more then mindlessly rush up the field. Slides off blocks laterally, works work and displays explosion in all facets of his game. Holds his ground against blocks and keep opponents away with solid hand technique. Neg: Lacks a quick change of direction and mostly a straight-line defender. Slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point. Analysis: A disruptive force in the middle the line, Oshinowo has the ability to be used as a conventional defensive tackle or on the nose. Lacks the great upside yet a very productive prospect who can see action as a rookie in the NFL. Full Name: Le Kevin Smith School: Nebraska Ht: 6-1 Wt: 305 40: 4.98 Yr: 5Sr Pos: Explosive defender best stuffing the run. Plays with leverage, gets underneath opponents and drives up the field. Doubled yet holds his ground against blocks. Nicely works hands throughout the action. Can twist or stunt. Neg: Takes plays off and does not consistently give effort. Marginal skills as a pass rusher. Has a history of knee injuries. Analysis: Smith's combination of explosion and ability to play with leverage gives him an advantage on the football field. Must improve his intensity yet has potential as a three technique lineman or nose tackle. Full Name: Gabe Watson School: Michigan Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 335 40: 5.12 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Powerful interior defender, tough to stop when on his game. Possesses terrific first step quickness, gets a lot of push up the field and an overwhelming force. Seemingly impossible to move off the point and takes up a lot of room in the middle of the line. Effective when he keeps his pads low to the ground. Displays the ability to change direction and move laterally. Neg: For the most part gets tall and does not play with great balance. Must improve his hand technique and learn to protect himself. Looks poorly conditioned and does not play hard for 60 minutes. Analysis: Possessing the potential to control the line of scrimmage, Watson is a big, dominant lineman when focused on the task at hand. Possesses great natural skills yet too often relies singularly on them to make plays. Must make football a priority, take his play to another level and properly conditioned himself if he's to ever meet the expectations of NFL scouts. Full Name: Kyle Williams School: LSU Ht: 6-1 Wt: 295 40: 5.25 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Hard working, scrappy defender who plays with good fundametals. Quick off the snap, gets leverage on opponents and displays solid hand technique. Tenacious, goes hard until the whistle blows and chases to get involved in the action. Displays an array of moves getting off blocks. Makes plays laterally up and down the line of scrimmage. Neg: Not strong at the point and driven off the ball by opponents. Marginal skills as a pass rusher. Analysis: A high revving defender, Williams' ability to get leverage on opponents gives him an upper hand. May never be a starter at the next level yet his tenacity and approach to the game will find him a spot on an NFL roster. Full Name: Rodrique Wright School: Texas Ht: 6-5 Wt: 306 40: 5.04 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Athletic lineman who makes plays in all directions of the field. Quick off the snap, wedges between double team blocks and gets a lot of momentum going. Can twist or stunt, moves laterally and collapses outside defending the run. Holds his ground against blocks and rarely gives up an inch of room. Plays with good pad level. Neg: Does not always show top ball awareness. Needs to improve his hand technique and develop moves getting off blocks. Inconsistent effort. Analysis: A disruptive force who gives opponents fits, Wright is a game impacting defender when on his game. Possesses the tools to be a first round choice and an immediate starter at the next level but must make the commitment to play hard for 60-minutes. Full Name: Claude Wroten School: LSU Ht: 6-2 Wt: 295 40: 5.09 Yr: 4Sr Pos: Explosive run stuffer in the middle of the line. Quick off the snap, plays with good pad level and immediately adjusts off the initial block, getting back to playing balance. Holds his ground against double-teams and drives up the field. Adequate skills pursuing down the line of scrimmage. Neg: Indecisive and slow locating the ball. Lacks a quick change of direction and marginal skills in pursuit. Analysis: A solid athlete with excellent upside potential for the next level, Wroten's explosion and ability to play with leverage gives opponents fits. Slowly developing into a complete lineman and while he needs experience to complete his game, offers excellent upside for the next level.
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