Ideal scholarship roster number: 4-5
Potential returning number: (Koron Crump, A.J. Latu
Likely returning number: 2
Dougladson Subtyl signed with Arizona State as the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2016 junior college class by Scout.com, and the No. 2 defensive end. He did not qualify academically for matriculation with the Sun Devils last year, but after a delay of one semester, is currently in classes at ASU.
A Haitian native who arrived in the country as a teenager, Subtyl is an unmitigated freak of an athletic specimen. He has an extremely rare marriage of limberness, power and explosiveness; a lethal blend of traits often found in top NFL outside linebackers and rush ends of a similar size. He wears No. 90, the same number as NFL all-pro Jason Pierre-Paul, who has earned the nickname the Haitian Sensation, and there are some parallels with how the two played the game at a similar stage.
Start with Subtyl's set up out of a 3-point stance. Even though ASU coaches will likely make some slight adjustments to his feet to enhance balance and foundational strength, he has the classic sprinter's coil that the most explosive pass rushers tend to possess, a sign of his flexibility.
There's also a lot of violence with how Subtyl begins and finishes plays for his size. He converts quickness to power and has innate physical movement skills that allow him to not only access the target zone but maximize such opportunities in the offensive backfield. A lot of players tend to be able to get in the general area of where they want to be around the quarterback or running back, but get pushed just beyond the ability to make the play. Subtyl has an extra combination of strength and flexibility to finish those plays by warding against being moved off his path.
The way in which Subtyl is able to move and orientate his body when attacking is atypical and provides an understanding of how he's able to finish so effectively. Most players -- even good players -- are quite a bit tighter and more predictable in terms of their biomechanics. Subtyl is extremely fluid and loose for how explosive he is, and maintains this at different attack levels and leverages, and adjusts as needed on the fly to become -- or remain -- unblocked.
What really allows Subtyl to maximize all of these attributes is his football-specific skill set and feel for how to unbalance and defeat pass protectors in space. Subtyl has great timing and uses a full array of moves to accomplish this. His has an inside swim and can really attack the inside shoulder of an offensive tackle from either a 2-point or 3-point stance, and also can rip through and sustain his approach angle working either way on the tackle.
Subtyl uses a club and rip or bar and rip maneuver and does so in a way that angles his chest substantially relative to the rest of the body to keep pass protectors from being able to strike or secure him. He has a tendency to get his hands located more quickly than the offensive tackle due to how quickly he activates them, and that prevents offensive tackles from attaining the type of initial contact they want and are comfortable with.
One of the most impressive things about Subtyl is how physically composed he is -- controlled, frenetic aggression like this is hard to achieve without a loss of efficiency and precision -- and how well timed his movements are given his relative explosiveness. He does a lot of nimble things to free himself that don't even require a lot of brute strength, and does this even when at full throttle.
Quickness is what sets all of this in motion. Subtyl has tremendous burst off the snap getting upfield and it presents an enormous challenge for pass sets. What Subtyl isn't really able to do just yet, and will come in time, is physically run defenders over or back into the quarterback through straight mid-line bull rush attacks. It will be essential for him to build in this capability in order to force higher end offensive tackles to account for the capability in a way that leverages his elite edge rush potential.
This is likely to happen in time. At 6-foot-3, Subtyl has a 34 inch arm length, which is long for his height, and a thicker body mass that will carry a lot of muscle density for how much dexterity he possesses. Subtyl won't have any trouble carrying 250-plus pounds in college and likely play 260-plus at the NFL level. He's likely going to be a more powerful Devil backer than ASU has had at the position under ASU coach Todd Graham.
Subtyl is easily one of the best pure pass rushers we've seen among ASU targets in recent years, and quite possibly the best overall. He's also perhaps the most productive, which is especially noteworthy because he's only played football for four seasons. As a sophomore at Victor Valley Junior College, Subtyl led the state with 18 sacks (30 sacks in his two seasons at the school) and had 22.5 tackles for loss. He also has three forced fumbles and six pass breakups. Nobody was a more disruptive force among pass rushers in the state's junior college ranks than Subtyl over a two-year period.
Looking at Subtyl's overall capability more broadly, he has great short-space acceleration and runs exceptionally well for his size. His backside pursuit of the ball carrier down the line is borderline elite and he'll make a lot of plays from behind, and do after after forcing quarterback handoffs on read options. Subtyl also is easily able to drop into zone coverages to the flat and even in deeper zones and should be able to cover tight end releases and wheel routes from backs into the boundary in man coverage, which is going to really matter even more as he's evaluated at the professional level. He's really the total package and projects as an outside linebacker or rush end with good NFL Draft potential.
Though the Devil backer position is extremely important in ASU's scheme, there hasn't been an elite, full-service pass rusher in the role playing on base downs in the last three seasons following the departure of Carl Bradford. Antonio Longino in 2015, and Koron Crump, in 2016, showed that they can get finish among the top players in the Pac-12 in sacks, but handling the run on base downs was much less of a strength. Subtyl shouldn't have any concerns in those areas. He was our top rated overall prospect in ASU's 2016 class, and is again in 2017.
ASU does have an interest in figuring out how to get Subtyl and Crump on the field together in 2017. Crump was arguably ASU's top defensive player in the second half of the 2016 season. He could potentially slide inside to play WILL, which he played at times last season, but has to show better against the run and at identifying and covering running back releases. There's also a possibility ASU could move Subtyl to end, keep Crump at Devil backer and slide junior Joseph Wicker inside from end to defensive tackle. That would be a much lighter overall defensive front, and one better suited to take on pass heavy teams and be perhaps a liability against the run without the heavy dose of slanting blitzes that have become so familiar under Graham.