Jeremy Werner

In The Film Room: Bobby Roundtree

After months of laying the groundwork with Largo (FL) Defensive End Bobby Roundtree, the Illini made a late surge to beat out Indiana for the athletic, rangy pass-rusher. So what does the film say that the Illini are getting? We take a look.

First Impressions:

Roundtree is going to be a bit of a developmental project, but he is a phenomenal athlete for a defensive end.  He has the natural fluidity and agility that will allow him to develop into a quick-twitch pass rusher at the next level.

Tale of the Tape:

At 6'6" and 220 pounds, Bobby Roundtree looks more like a basketball small forward, but the Largo product out of the Tampa area has very long arms and a frame that will likely have to carry another 30 pounds at the next level.  But on film, his athleticism shines through.

Roundtree is still a bit raw, but his first step causes problems for offensive tackles.  With his range and length, he's a bit like former Hinsdale South (now Michigan State Spartans) defensive end Josh King.  

How He Fits:

Roundtree, despite being really talented, will likely need to redshirt simply to have time to add weight.  He's already starting to bulk up, but a full season in the "Body by Boese" program should help get him to a place where he can compete as a redshirt freshman and make an impact.  He, along with Owen Carney and Olalere Oladipo will form a pretty viable trio of bookends on the defensive line.

Some of the staff believe, because of his length and athleticism, that he has the potential to be a Julius Peppers type of player once he adds the necessary weight.  He's lean and strong, but still moves very well.  As defensive line coach Mike Phair has an opportunity to work with Roundtree and improve upon his technique, he could grow into a serious problem for opposing teams and be a great complement to the guys mentioned above.

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