Position: Defensive End
Location: Tampa (Fla.) Freedom
Recruiting: Patchan committed to the Hurricanes over Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Kentucky, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Florida, Tennessee and a host of other programs that all offered. His father played for Miami while his brother (Matt) played at Florida and Boston College.
What to like: There is a lot to like about Patchan. First, he's tall with a very nice long frame. Patchan gets off, showing quickness and anticipation. He's not Jadeveon Clowney but his get off is above average.
Patchan runs well and shows the ability to get up field in a hurry, chasing plays down the line of scrimmage or chase in pursuit. He's a good pass rusher that can play up or put his hand in the dirt. He's plays tough and shows a high motor. Patchan does possess fast hands and shows the ability to quickly shed lineman and then attack ball location.
Surprisingly, Patchan shows good short area quickness for a big man and he more than holds his own in space against smaller players, which is no easy task for a 230-pound defensive end.
What may be of concern: There's not much. Patchan just needs to bulk up and fill out his frame. There's no reason why he can't be a 270 to 280-pound defensive end three or four years down the line. Patchan also needs to become a better technician for the position and play with his hands with more consistency. Both should come with more playing time and experience.
Patchan is such an intriguing prospect to me because I do believe he has the athletic ability to play outside linebacker in the short term. He's big, quick and fast and he has shown, at least at the high school level, that he can play in space.
But his long term upside is as a strong-side defensive end. Patchan is a heck of a player with a lot of upside. He looks to play with the same intensity and passion as his brother Matt did. This is a productive kid. Last season as a junior Patchan recorded 56 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.
For Miami to be dominant once again they need to continue to stock pile D-line talent. That's the missing piece as Al Golden rebuilds this Hurricane roster. Guys like Patchan are at a premium because this is still where the game is won and lost.