Scout's Take: North Carolina State
Denzelle Good: Commit Date: 7/28/08
Every coach in America worth his salt will tell you where games are won and lost: the LOS. Most teams have good, if not great, skill players, but having all the top athletes in the world means next to nothing without the Big Uglies up front. Without exception, upper-echelon teams can both run the ball and stop the run…without exception.
That must mean NC State took a step toward being a top-tier team when they landed the pledge of what could end up being one of the top five OTs in the region, and perhaps even the nation. Below is a look at the pros and cons of Pack verbal Denzelle Good.
Size: Standing at 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, Good already has NFL size. He carries the weight well and is actually very compact and under control for a young man his size. He has long arms, a solid base and he uses his weight as well as anybody. He maintains excellent pad level and literally creates a new LOS, often putting DL into the laps of LBs.
|"Good is an absolute beast."|
Strength: Particularly upper-body strength…Good manhandles opponents and has a deadly punch, both at the snap and when he finishes. Once he locks on, the best DL can do is hope for a stalemate. Typically, they expend so much energy trying not to give ground that they have little chance to disengage and make a play. This in itself makes Good an asset. He won't be able to dominate everybody as easily at the next level, but his skill set is so complete that he will still be a major force.
Feet: Most big guys struggle just to carry the size that he has, much less move around and compete, but Good is the total package. He has quick and nimble feet and rarely wastes steps. His first step is sometimes short, but his gather step always allows him to get back into a balanced stance and maximize on his athletic ability. That he can climb to the 2nd level and cut off athletic LBs adds to his value, but what is more impressive is his ability to lock on and actually pancake these 2nd, and even 3rd-, level defenders.
Pass Protection: Good does an adequate job of pass blocking now (no surprise, due to his feet), but he is so aggressive that he tends to lean into and attack DL. While he can still be effective at the HS level, he will need to trust his technique and stay back over his base when he gets to the next level. With his feet and center-of-gravity, he will develop into an outstanding pass protector, but his strength (and love) will always be run blocking.
Good is an absolute beast and has a chance to be one of the premiere offensive tackles at the major college level. He is a huge pickup for the Pack and should contribute immediately.
Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.