With the commitment of Bravvion Roy Sunday afternoon, the Baylor Bears picked up one of the best defensive tackles in the state. The 4-star from Spring, TX is the third highest rated commit for the Bears, following Patrick Hudson and Kameron Martin who both play on the offensive side of the ball. Roy is currently the lone defensive linemen committed to the Bears in what expects to be a larger class for the defensive line. With several key players set to graduate and even one key contributor that could leave early for the NFL draft, the Bears will need some immediate contributors next year along the defensive line. Could Roy be one of those to take a big step in 2016? We asked the Scout Midlands team for their thoughts:
From Greg Powers -
This is a guy I really love, as you can tell by his Top 150 rating. He is a bull in the middle of the defense, but most of all I like his energy and go get em type of attitude at the position. There are not very many interior players out there who play with the passion play-to-play as Roy.
From Gabe Brooks -
Roy's junior highlights are among my favorite to watch in this recruiting cycle. He possesses surprisingly quick feet for a 300-pound interior defender. He's an explosive player who makes plays thanks to penetration, but also because he hand-fights well and frequently disengages to make plays, both going downhill and in pursuit. Roy keeps his steps short and choppy to maximize the power in his punch. He seems to almost always win the leverage battle, which allows him to steer offensive linemen where he wants before disengaging when the time is right. Most of his high school experience has come in an odd front, but he's the type of D-tackle who should thrive as an even-front one-gap disruptor, while also being scheme-versatile when Baylor wants to go odd as it has done more in recent seasons.
From Ahmard Vital -
Watching Roy's film clearly shows an interior guy who is a nightmare to deal with. But as I recall the three games witnessed in person from his junior year, it's much more than a rotation type of guy. What Roy brings to a defensive unit is a relentless pressure up the middle, which is where heart of defense is and makes everything flow. He brings a wide body and great energy to every snap, where many guys his size tire in the same amount of reps. What's most interesting aside from his strength and lateral movement from the interior, is that his ceiling is one that is high. Combine him with a long speed rusher off the edge, and that's a combination no one in the Big 12, or anyone on Baylor's schedule wants to see.
From Kevin Barrera -
This a huge commitment for Baylor, in that it solidifies the fact that the staff can land a big time talent, at one of the most difficult positions to recruit. Andrew Billings was the first elite lineman to sign with the Bears, and Roy now gives this coaching staff their second. The Defensive Tackle position has been a big part of why Baylor has come on the National scene and a commitment like Bravvion Roy will keep that going. Roy brings that ferocious tenacity to the line that you are looking for. He is a high motor guy, that will work 110% each and every snap and will not be denied. He has the strength to get off blocks and be disruptive in the backfield, but also the athleticism to turn up field and make a play on the ball. With Blackshear gone after this season, and possibly Billings to the NFL Draft, it was necessary for the Baylor coaching staff to lock up an elite caliber DT for this class.
From Tim Watkins -
Baylor will be losing at least three of their starting defensive linemen, with Shawn Oakman, Beau Blackshear and Jamal Palmer all entering their senior years. The lone question mark is Andrew Billings, who will be a draft eligible player after this coming season. With another strong year, there is a chance he could move up to a 1st round prospect, which will make for an interesting choice. With Billings back, the Bears will have one of the best defensive linemen in the nation anchoring their line again, and should have a rotation of guys like Andrew Morris, Byron Bonds and Ira Lewis stepping up a spot in the rotation. Without Billings, there will be a lack of starting experience across the line, and a big drop off in talent. If Billings stays or goes, there is a good chance that Roy can emerge on the 2-deep roster, as he is physically big enough right now. He won't need to put on weight like Morris (265 coming in, 280 now) or Ira Lewis (245 to 280). He is over 300 pounds now.
Roy's style of play suits the nose tackle position well in the Bears defensive scheme. If Billings comes back, the Baylor staff could use Roy as a rotational guy at the other spot, or redshirt him to let him take a year to learn the scheme and develop mentally. However, if Billings does leave, expect Roy to compete for a starting spot on the line. Byron Bonds would then be the most experienced tackle in that situation, and he is better suited for the "DT" role currently held by Beau Blackshear. That leaves a mighty big spot at the nose tackle position open, and Roy might profile as the best suited to fill it as of right now.