In The Film Room: Jamal Woods

Illinois added yet another piece to a defensive end position group lacking depth in landing former Memphis DE commit and Hueytown (AL) end Jamal Woods. Find out how he will fit in with the Illini and see the tape for yourself.

First Impressions:

If there's one thing that stands out about Woods, it's that he can certainly lay his namesake.  Woods is a big hitter and plays a physical brand of football.  He played at different positions along the line for Hueytown, but will likely be a strong side DE at the next level.

Tale of the Tape:

Woods, who is a hard, hard hitter, should be able to have similar success in run defense, but will need to improve in his pass rush.  He is built well, but isn’t as quick as other comparable defensive ends.  He is somewhat slow off the snap, but often has been able to make up for it so far with physicality at the line of scrimmage.

He has good size already, but will need to improve his quickness and agility in order to maximize his potential.

How He Fits:

Illinois graduated one of its better pairs of defensive ends in program history after the 2016 season, and the position otherwise was very thin, but Woods gives Illinois a defensive end that’s more or less configured to stop the run.  As he improves his technique, he could turn into a late bloomer who we talk about a lot in 2-3 years.

He joins a solid defensive end group in the 2017 class that helps fortify the position moving forward.

See for Yourself:

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