There are three DT’s in Mobile this week that I would love to have on my team, and two DE’s that have me really excited after watching them all week.
First, the defensive tackles. Some said Eddie Vanderdoes of UCLA was coming into this game as a potential 4th round pick. He’s 6-3, 320 pounds, lightning quick, powerful, and can play in a one-gap scheme. In fact, I think he can play right away in a three-man rotation inside for a team. His combination of size and quickness makes him versatile. He has the quickness to be a one-gap penetrator, and is stout enough to hold the point of attack in a two-gap scheme, but I think the one-gap teams will jump on him early.
Next is Davlin Tomlinson of Alabama. He’s 6-3, 312 pounds and very well coached. He’s okay when trying to penetrate, but he’s a powerful player who’s a better fit in a two-gap scheme. He knows when to turn against pressure and hold the point, he can split the double team, and he understands how to work down the line. In an odd front, you need a power player to help control the LOS, and this is a guy who can help do that. He’s ready to play now as a zero technique, or a 3-technique on the reduced side.
Clemson’s Carlos Watkins is a very interesting guy who came to Mobile with a high grade. He’s here trying to get himself into the first round. He’s over 6-3, 312 pounds, and in a four man front with a stunt game, he can be a very effective player. He’s an athlete who can move. He might be okay in a 30 front as well, but I saw that he tends to peek in the backfield and then struggles to get off his blocks. But as a move guy in a stunt front, he’s almost unblockable.
They guy who really excited me this week was K-State DE Jordan Willis. He’s 6-4, 255 pounds. He can probably get to 270, but he doesn’t have to. He plays with excellent leverage and plays under the pads of the tackle. He has multiple pass rush moves, has a speed rush, can turn the corner and flatten out with a great shoulder dip, can convert speed to power, doesn’t get frozen looking for the ball, and he’s disciplined on the back side flow away. He reminds me a lot of Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan.
Last in this group is Chris Wormley of Michigan. This is a versatile player who stands 6-5, 297 pounds. He’s a powerful man who has the size and strength to play LDE in a four-man front. He can play the run, will fight through the double team, and can move inside asa a pass rusher on 3rd down. He came to Mobile as a potential 3rd rounder, but he’s clearly on an upward swing after this week, and some even see him as a potential 1st rounder at this point.Add to My RFN