Back in 2010, Jamil Douglas’ football career almost came to an end before it started. Along with former teammate Lee Adams, they were caught on video stealing an Xbox and laptops from another player’s dorm room. Douglas, who played a lesser role in the crime, was suspended while Adams was dismissed from the team by then-coach Dennis Erickson.
Four years later, Douglas already has his degree in criminal justice, and recently earned his master’s in liberal studies. He’s been honored as a Pac-12 Conference All-Academic performer, a second-team all-conference player, and tallied 64 knockdowns with thirteen touchdown-resulting blocks from the left guard position in 2013. That marked his second season in the lineup at that spot, having posted 50 knockdowns in 2012.
Douglas took over the demanding left tackle position for the Sun Devils as a senior, extending his starting streak to 40 games. He received All-Pac 12 Conference first-team honors in 2014, as his 114 knockdowns are the most for any tackle in the league. He also contributed 13 touchdown-resulting blocks from the trenches.
While some might disagree, I feel that Douglas’ experience at tackle will help him in his professional career, as he gained valuable experience in isolated pass protection, but their were athletic limitations that make him not suited to play left tackle at the pro level. He is a much better value choice as a guard, as he seems to be more comfortable playing with a flat back on contact, rolling his hips with good base and leg drive.
Sun Devil showed as a tackle that he will need to work on lowering his pad level, but he is a more relentless finisher as an interior blocker, where he is much more capable of driving defenders off the line of scrimmage. As a guard, he demonstrates the ability to block quick first- and second-level defenders, as he seems to gain leverage when reach blocking and plays on his feet well in space, exhibiting good balance and body control.
One other reason to champion him for a professional guard position is that he has very good pull-&-trap potential. He can quick-set out of a three point stance and appears to have more nimble feet working in-line than on an island. He has the better ability to slide and play flat footed as a guard. If he is to remain at tackle, he has the long arms to get into a defender’s chest, but must improve his initial punch, location and extension.
The other reason Douglas might be better suited developing as a guard or at right tackle, as he has good straight-line quickness, but will struggle to mirror vs. the speedy edge rushers. He has impressive athletic ability, but with adequate timed speed he struggles with the speed moves. He will be asked to add bulk, and even though he has a good power base, as he does not have the hand punch to shock and jolt.
When isolated on the edge, Douglas has adequate foot quickness and body control, but does not do a good job of changing direction and redirecting working outside. He lacks explosion when having to get to the second level there (much better when he can move into the second level with a straight-forward burst rather than having loop or scoop from the corner), but does compensate with good angles.
As a lead blocker, Douglas keeps his feet well when pulling in the short area, but looks a bit sluggish in his kick slide during pass protection on the edge. He might be better off working in closed quarters due to his speed. He also needs to distribute his weight better coming off the snap.
Still, the Sun Devil is a tough, aggressive blocker with the ability to generate dominant explosion and playing strength. Adding weight will only improve his future potential, but right now, he may need some time to develop physically and it is doubtful he will be an immediate starter. However with time this player should develop into solid first unit material – as a left guard, not as a tackle.
Jamil Douglas NFL Scouting Combine measurables
6-4/304 (5.25 forty)
33 3/8-inch arm length
10 3/4-inch hands
29-inch vertical jump
99-inch broad jump
7.99 3 cone drill
4.75 20 yard shuttle
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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