Defensive Line Film Notes: Senior Bowl

Vinny Curry - Marshall

The following notes of note are snippets that were taken at live practices, practice tape and game tape. Ourlads NFL Scouting Services studied over 600 players from seven college all-star games. The Senior Bowl: Jack Crawford (Penn State) – 6047, 268, hands 10 1/8”, arms 33 ½”, wing span 80 7/8”. He locks out and keeps leverage and contain. Doesn’t stay blocked. Quick to disengage and hustles to the ball. Good lateral quickness to skate down the line of scrimmage. If he doesn’t get a sack he pushes the quarterback and gets his hands up. Vinny Curry (Marshall) – 6030, 265. Is an explosive edge pass rusher who would be a good fit in a 3-4 scheme. Demonstrated quickness and was disruptive during the week. Plays well on his feet. Active with a good motor. Possesses pass rush instincts. Good change of direction. Caused an interception, tipped the ball and had two sacks in the game. Mike Martin (Michigan) – 6012, 307. Continued in the Senior Bowl where he left off his senior year for the Wolverines. He collapses inside running lanes with quickness, leverage, and power. Sudden first step quickness to penetrate the inside gaps. Hustles to the ball. Plays hard every down. Doesn’t stay blocked.

Shea McClellin - Boise State

Shea McClellin (Boise State) – 6032, 248, hands 10 1/8”. Active player who is all over the field. Good instincts to read the screen. Was impressive in pass rush drills. Played low and with leverage as long as his hand is in the dirt. Can bend the edge and flatten down the line of scrimmage. Kendall Reyes (Connecticut) – 6037, 300. Stuffed the inside running lanes with push and power. Pressed the pocket rushing the passer. Versatile enough to play in the 4-3 and 3-4 schemes. Has a quick first step to penetrate gaps. An extra effort player who will finish a play. Forces plays deep because of his penetration. Wins more one-on-one battles than he loses. Alameda Ta’amu (Washington) – 6024, 341. Is a powerful run stuffer who gets upfield push. He presses the pocket then can release quickly to get in on screen passes. He must keep his weight down to be a quick penetrating presence. Can be a two gap nose tackle. Big, thick, and quick. Good instincts and awareness. Billy Winn (Boise State) – 6033, 296. Came in out of shape and looked rusty in the early practice sessions. Good effort player who bounced around from the inside to the perimeter to make a play. Pushes the pocket if he stays low and plays with leverage. Derek Wolfe (Cincinnati) – 6047, 286, hands 10 ¾”, wing span 80 3/8”. A high motor try hard guy. Relentless to push and leverage the blocker then sheds quickly. Rarely blocked one on one. Blocking him with a tight end is a recipe for disaster if the quarterback holds the ball. Quinton Coples (North Carolina) – 6056, 281, hands 10 1/8”, arms 33 ¼”, wing span 80 ¼”. Possesses an immense amount of talent, but switches his ability off and on. Appears lackadaisical and loses focus at times. Consistently has a breakdown in fundamentals. Everything is a flash. He fails to use his skills and explosiveness every down. Tendency to get inopportune penalties. Question instincts and awareness at times. Lacks a sense of urgency. Plays when he wants to. Jaye Howard (Florida) – 6030, 292, hands 10 1/8”. Appears to play best when he’s asked to be a one gap penetrator. Will chase down and finish play. Loses concentration and is slow off the ball at times. Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) – 6017, 276. Had a good week of practice beating blockers in one-on-one competition, but in the game he did not make one sack, tackle, batted pass, etc. His arm length of 30 ½” is a concern. He struggled to disengage from the best pass protectors. He is explosive, quick, and athletic. He looks like a 3-4 rush end, a spot that was unavailable in the Senior Bowl Game because of the rules. Tony Jerod- Eddie (Texas A&M) – 6040, 303, arms 34 3/8”, wing span 80 5/8”. Is a one gap penetrator type defensive lineman who played high during the week. A late addition to the South roster. Tydreke Powell (North Carolina) – 6023, 309. Flashes first step quickness to penetrate gaps. Gets stuck on the line of scrimmage. Will stop his feet while pushing the pocket. Hustles to the perimeter at times. Kheeston Randall (Texas) – 6044, 297, arms 33”. A tall athletic inside presence to get into the throwing lane. Flashes good movement skills. May get a look as 4-3 tackle or a 3-4 end. Did get tied up too often. Inability to shed blocker. Malik Jackson (Tennessee) – 6045, 270. Was a late addition. Gets his hands up on the pass rush. Quick off the ball. Closes down the line quickly. Good screen awareness. Gets turned. Doesn’t always fight pressure.

BrandonThompson - Clemson

Brandon Thompson (Clemson) – 6020, 311. Is a one gap penetrator with first step quickness. Disruptive. Plays with leverage and can disengage quickly. Gets upfield push to press the pocket. Clogs up the inside running lanes. Tough in the run game. Will disengage quickly and run to the ball. Usually draws double teams. Good lateral quickness to work down the line. Courtney Upshaw (Alabama) – 6014, 273. A physical edge pass rusher who can turn speed to power. Struggled to separate from North tackle Mike Adams in the game and Jeff Allen in practice. Has the talent to play inside or outside. He can also rush the passer off the edge. A playmaker who plays well on his feet.

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