Jay Ratliff School: Auburn
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 275 40: 4.88 Year: 4Sr
Bio: Starter two of the past three seasons,
posting 37/4/1 as a senior. Moved to defensive
tackle as a senior after primarily playing the
end position since his freshman campaign.
Positives: Undersized yet athletic lineman who
improved his play as a senior. Leverage
defender who stays low to the ground, quickly
changes direction and displays the ability to
immediately alter his angle of attack. Plays
with balance, forward lean and rarely off his
feet. Showed marked improvement reading
and diagnosing the action last year. Works his
hands to stay off blocks, pursues laterally and
displays speed to the flanks. Fluid changing
direction and makes plays up and down the
line of scrimmage.
Negatives: Small for a defensive
tackle, handled by opponents and turned
off the line of scrimmage. Several durability
issues prior to his senior campaign.
A potential late bloomer, Ratliff capped off a
fine senior campaign with an excellent showing
in the East-West game this past January. Has
the ability to backup at several positions in the
NFL and could be used as a three-technique
tackle or left defensive end. Must continue to
stay healthy and progress, but has solid upside
for the next level.
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