Tom Marino: Scouting the DTs

Get the scoop on this year's DT crop from an NFL scout with over 35 years experience.

THE BEST

1. Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
40: 5.12v Ht: 6014v Wt: 297v Rating: 1.105
A top prospect who converts quickness to power. Can split a double team, range to make plays and when he came and countered on his pass rush was virtually impossible to single block. Loved his intensity level , quickness, strength and know how. Strong at the point and showed good movement down the line. Took good angles away and has the speed and quicks to factor outside the tackle boxInjured for much of 07 season. A difference maker.

2. Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
40: 5.08v Ht: 6004v Wt: 299v Rating: 1.146
Ellis has outstanding quickness, body control, range and balance. Plays with good leverage, has extremely quick strong hands and overall explosiveness. Can stack, but was more effective playing in the gap. Far better at nose then at a 3 technique. Has short arms and does not appear to have long speed. Very disruptive player in a limited area but is not second coming of Tommy Harris. A top 10 selection in this year's player draft. Solid starter potential.

3. Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
40: 5.31v Ht: 6044v Wt: 308v Rating: 1.192
One dimensional player. Is strong, plays on his feet and showed the ability to neutralize. A force playing the double team. As a pass rusher, did get inside push on his bull rush, but needs to keep pads down and develop better hand use. Played hard in every contest viewed. Tackle to tackle range only. showed good effort in pursuit. A two down player, but could become an every down player if he develops as a rusher. Late 1st or top of the 2nd selection

4. Marcus Harrison, DT, Arkansas
40: 5.07v Ht: 6026v Wt: 317v Rating: 1.236
Very talented run stopper. Loved his pad level when meeting blocks and overall leverage. Stout at the point (can dominate). Could play both spots inside. Played the entire 07 season with a recently repaired ACL. Not what I would consider a top pass rusher (power moves only) but does get some inside push. Some off the field concerns will need to be addressed, but this is a very good football player who has not reached his full potential. Draft consideration 2 - 3

5. DeMario Pressley, DT, North Carolina State
40: 5.13v Ht: 6031v Wt: 301v Rating: 1.35
Had a disappointing 07 season and senior bowl effort Was injured for much of the season and did not play to near his skill level. Is a strong inside player who played with good pad level. Elbow injury (early) may well have effected his use of hands. Good ability to sort things out and move to the ball. As a pass rusher, came off the ball, but didn't shed effectively on the move nor did he finish. Don't think we have seen near his best. Round 3 - 4 consideration.

6. Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame
40: 5.13v Ht: 6006v Wt: 304v Rating: 1.365
Works his butt off. Has very good quickness, plays with leverage and has good strength in his hands. Very intense and physical. Play effort was second to none. Might not be quick or stout enough to play a nose A physical drive through tackler. Will fight you, but diesn’t always play big inside (got covered up some by big people). Has limitations, but overall was a very solid football player. Has stong early second day draft potential.

7. Dre Moore, DT, Maryland
40: 4.91v Ht: 6040v Wt: 305v Rating: 1.384
OVA transfer. I liked this players athletic ability, direction change and potential as a edge pass rusher in a 3-4 scheme. Good stride length to top of the rush and bend and use of hands to alter course and finish. Active within the running game showing both range and instincts. Good wrap up tackler. Possible end in 4-3 scheme. Competition level is a concern, but this is a talented high ceiling player. Round 3-4.

8. Letroy Guion, DT, Florida State
40: 5.37v Ht: 6033v Wt: 303v Rating: 1.396
Injured much of career. Is athletic, has good feet, quickness and adequate range. Felt he hustled & showed the ability to make plays outside the tackle box. Will get tall inline & needs to shed blocks more consistently. Lacks A-1 closing speed. Is not there yet, but you are going to have to take this player far earlier then his skill & production level would indicate. No sacks as a college player. Problems locating ball on misdirections (see Wake Forest) Round 3 - 4..

9. Andre Fluellen, DT, Florida State
40: 5.06v Ht: 6007v Wt: 296v Rating: 1.436
Not ideal size although flashed outstanding quicks, plays hard and gave backside effort. Combative & disruptive within the running game. Can dominate, but will also disappear. Vs the pass his main attribute was his quickness into the "A" gap & burst to the QB. Played injuried for virtually the entire 07 season. When healthy this guy is far better player then he showed in 07. Senior bowl effort was impressive. Round 4 - 5.

10. Red Bryant, DT, Texas A&M
40: 5.06v Ht: 6041v Wt: 318v Rating: 1.481
A big, tough, strong inside guy who played hard, but consistently got his pads up working inside. Is stout and difficult to move around, but did not protect his legs or get over trash effectively. Got some inside push as a bull rusher, but lacks counter skills and change of direction. Gave up far too much blocking surface and has had some lower body injuries which need to be considered. Best suited to play tackle in a 3-4 look. Makes your team, but has limitations.

11. Frank Okam, DT, Texas
40: 5.37v Ht: 6044v Wt: 347v Rating: 1.485
A big wide body who showed body control & quicks. Plays high, but teams still had a difficult time moving him on the inside. Is very smart (both on and off the field) and experienced, but has no heart or playing character. A underachiever in my opinion. Just not a nasty rub your face in the dirt type (no edge). Overall, you just don't know what you are going to get with this player. Wouldn't consider in day 1, but recognize his talent and physical tools. Rd 4.

12. Pat Sims, DT, Auburn
40: 5.11v Ht: 6021v Wt: 310v Rating: 1.486
Has stability issues which need to be addressed. Played much of 07 with a cast on his lt .hand (Fx). Has size, but needs to redefine his body (very soft middle & butt). Flashed get off quick, but lacks stamina and his overall competitive effort. When he kept his pads down, got some push (So Florida), but when they were up got knocked around pretty good (LSU). Has talent, but wouldn't risk a first day selection based on his history. Round # 4

13. Ahtyba Rubin, DT, Iowa State
40: 5.24v Ht: 6026v Wt: 315v Rating: 1.516
Offensive tackle as a Juco player. Big man who has improved a great deal over the past 2 seasons. Is very strong, but is in every sense of the word a work in progress.Showed quickness and some playing range. Can stack inside particularly when he kept his pads down. Questionable play instincts and was inconsistent to find the ball on the inside. Felt his playing effort varried Draft consideration; rounds 5 to 6.

14. Keilen Dykes, DT, West Virginia
40: 5.10e Ht: 6033v Wt: 294v Rating: 1.518
A very tough, strong, nose who was a very effective run stopper. Plays very hard, is unselfish and was a consistent performer. Could also play a three technioue. Is a run stopper who had a good feel for blocks and restricted the "A" gap. Has adequate range, but needs to protect his lower half more effectively. Marginal pass rusher who showed limited counter skills. Blue collar player who will contribute to winning football games. Round 4 - 5.

15. Marcus Dixon, DT, Vanderbilt
40: 5.27v Ht: 6040v Wt: 292v Rating: 1.55
Good looking athlete with size & power. Can stack inside effectively. Good 1st step quicks, hand use & the ability to find the ball. For the most part a bull rusher, but has some counter ability & close. Has a long way to come in terms of learning how to play.. Plays on his feet and is highly intelligent. Involved in a highly publicized rape incident down in Georgia and served 15 months, but was later cleared of the charges. Great young man 4th to 5th rd potential.

16. Nate Robinson, DT, Akron
40: 5.15e Ht: 6037v Wt: 324v Rating: 1.68
Highest rated prep DT in the country. Signed with Miami and briefly attended Rutgers. Just don't know who is going to show up from game to game. Has a great deal of talent and size. Flashes initial quickness and some explosiveness in his hips and hands. Very limited rush skills (very moves rush moves and or counters). Showed a tendency to wear down in games (questionable conditioning and stamina).A lot of talent, but something is missing here.

17. Eric Foster, DT, Rutgers
40: 5.00e Ht: 6011v Wt: 271v Rating: 1.731
Undersized defender who showed good initial quickness, range (runs well), leverage, and use of hands. Liked his competitive effort (showed consistent energy) and effort. His physical stature (or lack of) limits play to that of a tackle in a 3-4 scheme. Is going to have to get stronger, but this guy reminds me a great deal of Rams tackle La' Roi Glover at a similar stage. Late round (6th to 7th ) draft consideration.

18. Henry Smith, DT, Texas A&M
40: 5.19v Ht: 6023v Wt: 310v Rating: 1.795
A JC guy with play strength who played with good pad level inside. Has a good body, played with good leverage and got some pretty good inside push. Was inconsistent to find the football inside and his feel for blocks was just adequate. Needs to finish better and I don't believe he has top playing range. Not there yet, but has has some of the things you look for in an inside player. Has an outside chance of being drafted, but is more likely a priority free agent.

19. Carlton Powell Jr., DT, Virginia Tech
40: 5.14v Ht: 6022v Wt: 292v Rating: 1.796
Just not a very physical player (played with far too much finesse) Didn't play through blocks (Never saw him fight across the face of a blocks to the ball). Wasn’t stout at the point of attack nor was he heavy handed. Good snap reaction and gap penetration. Worked well on his stunts and hustled in pursuit. Is not void of skills, but is going to have to improve in a number of area's if he is to play at the professional level. Has late round (7th) or priority free agent.

20. Brian Johnston, DT, Gardner-Webb
40: 4.97v Ht: 6050v Wt: 278v Rating: 1.8
A 4 year regular who certainly was a good player, but is going to have to improve hand use, and ability to shed, to be a difference maker. A former linebacker. Showed a marginal ability to get over trash and get to the football. As a pass rusher, played with power, but doesn't have a real plan after his initial engagement. Is an effort guy, but I just don't see any special skills. Possible late round selection, but is more likely a priority free agent prospect.

21. Jason Shirley, DT, Fresno State
40: 5.04v Ht: 6052v Wt: 329v Rating: 1.799
Is a great looking individual, but was not a particularly good football player. Very much an underachiever. Was dismissed from the squad furing the 2007 season. Inner city LA background. Some off field concerns. Might be worth a look on the offensive side of the football if his off the field issues are found to be satisfactory.

22. James McClinton, DT, Kansas
40: 5.54v Ht: 6000v Wt: 293v Rating: 1.8
Active undersized three technique. Has initial quickness but I didn't see the long speed and or range. Has been productive, but didn't get off blocks especially well. As a pass rusher, comes hard, but if he doesn't beat you with his initial movement, the game was over. Lacks closing burst to the football. Just don't see how he could play above 285 lbs. Good college player, but limited chance to factor. Priority free agent player

THE REST

Barry Booker, DT, Virginia Tech
40: 5.05v Ht: 6035v Wt: 288v Rating: 1.8
pussy / poor effort / on the ground / wears a hand wormer /

Derek Lokey, DT, Texas
40: 5.19v Ht: 6013v Wt: 293v Rating: 1.8

Maurice Murray, DT, New Mexico State
40: Ht: 6033v Wt: 317v Rating: 1.8

Nick Hayden, DT, Wisconsin
40: 5.18v Ht: 6037v Wt: 291v Rating: 1.8
Has been inconsistent over his career. Has strength and showed the ability to stack inside. Just adequate to get off blocks and move to the football. Limited range player. Has a change to factor, but is a one dimentional player.

Theo Horrocks, DT, Vanderbilt
40: 5.15e Ht: 6030v Wt: 293v Rating: 1.8

Teraz McCray, DT, Miami (FL)
40: 5.18v Ht: 6005v Wt: 288v Rating: 1.9
Undersized one gap player, who when he was able to anticipate the snap count was an very effective inside force. Question to hold the point (too often covered up) or play double team. On his pass rush, if he doesn't beat you off the go, has little or no

Michael Lafaele, DT, Hawaii
40: 5.10e Ht: 6000e Wt: 310e Rating: 1.9
A adequate college player, who at the end of the day lacks the essential instincts and or quickness to factor at the professional level. Not an effective pass rusher, but was a try hard guy who hustled and made plays based on effort. Free Agent Consider

Lionel Dotson, DT, Arizona
40: 5.44v Ht: 6035v Wt: 296v Rating: 1.9
Big body guy who played hard, but lack quickness, range, and the ability to play off block / Just didn't make enough plays on the inside / Not a washout, but is no better then a developmental player at this stage of his development / PFA

Carlos Feliciano, DT, Maryland U
40: 5.44v Ht: 6046v Wt: 314v Rating: 1.8
First and second down run stopper who lacks initial quickness (not fast twitch). Try hard guy with limited playing range. Lacks pass rush skills or the foot speed to close on the ball.. A two gap guy who lacks the overall athletic ability, quick change o

Charles Gaines, DT, Missouri U
40: 5.35e Ht: 6002v Wt: 304v Rating: 1.8

Kory Robertson, DT, Virginia Tech
40: 5.43v Ht: 6021v Wt: 346v Rating: 1.8

Kyle Clement, DT, Northwood
40: 5.11v Ht: 6035v Wt: 297v Rating: 1.8

Martavius Prince, DT, Southern Mississippi
40: 5.09v Ht: 6020v Wt: 284v Rating: 1.8

Steve Coleman, DT, Oklahoma U
40: 5.20e Ht: 6034e Wt: 310e Rating: 1.8

Ropati Pitoitua, DT, Washington St
40: 5.30e Ht: 6074v Wt: 315e Rating: 1.8
Big and athletic. Never quite measured up to expectations, in part because of a series of injuries earlier in his career. Has a pro body but hasn't done enough to be given draft consideration. Possible OT projection

Yaniv Barnett, DT, Arizona U
40: Ht: 6023v Wt: 323v Rating: 1.9
Would have to question this players overall playing intensity and stamina / Playing in a rotation / limited production / ineffective pass rusher / Will flash on occasions, but overall don't see him factoring or upgrading a pro club / MARGINAL FREE AGENT

Kevin Brown, DT, UCLA
40: Ht: 6015v Wt: 306v Rating: 1.9
Adequate run defender in a short area.. Looked to be barely an adequate athlete. Flashes but production wasn't consistent. Smart guy, but doesn't have a big upside in my opinion. Heavy legged. Marginal free agent prospect

Vernon Bryant, DT, Hampton U
40: 4.87v Ht: 6022v Wt: 285v Rating: 1.9
Undersized nose who was a more then adequate college player. Flashed some stout at the point of attack, but didn't disengage from blocks or show much in the way of playing range. Ineffective pass rusher, who did a lot of head faking and spinning, but made

Leger Douzable, DT, Central Florida U
40: 5.43v Ht: 6046v Wt: 302v Rating: 1.9
Conference USA first team in 07 /

Lorenzo Williams, DT, Missouri U
40: 5.09v Ht: 6006v Wt: 304v Rating: 1.9

Marcus Pittman, DT, Troy U
40: 5.32v Ht: 6044v Wt: 282v Rating: 1.9

Joshua Thompson, DT, Auburn U
40: 5.36v Ht: 5115v Wt: 298v Rating: 1.9
Undersized player who got covered up inside. Problems getting off blocks and locating the ball on the inside. Limited range player.

Chris Barrett, DT, USC
40: 4.85e Ht: 6044e Wt: 265e Rating: 1.9

Brandon Jenkins, DT, Mississippi U
40: Ht: Wt: Rating: 1.9

Clinton McMillan, DT, Florida U
40: 5.55e Ht: 6011v Wt: 281v Rating: 1.9

Colin Ferrell, DT, Kent State
40: 4.97v Ht: 6005v Wt: 294v Rating: 1.9

David Faaeteete, DT, Oregon U
40: 5.10e Ht: 6002v Wt: 316v Rating: 1.9

Jeremy Garrett, DT, Mississippi U
40: Ht: Wt: Rating: 1.9

Jeremy Gibbs, DT, Oregon U
40: Ht: Wt: Rating: 1.9
Doesn't have the skills to play beyond this level of play in my opinion. Hasn't been 100% accountable off the field.

Jordan Reffert, DT, Washington U
40: 5.25e Ht: 6051v Wt: 285v Rating: 2
This player played hard (motor run on high), but I didn't think he showed much functional play strength. Plays high and gets driven off on the inside. Gave a solid effort as a pass rusher, but really didn't get much done. Too stiff

Joshua Muse, DT, Louisiana Tech U
40: 5.48v Ht: 6022v Wt: 309v Rating: 2

Fred Amano, DT, San Diego St
40: 4.80e Ht: 5113v Wt: 291v Rating: 2
No chance to play at the professional level

Gabe Long, DT, Utah U
40: 5.20e Ht: 6015v Wt: 287v Rating: 2

George Chukwu, DT, Rice U
40: Ht: 6007v Wt: 307v Rating: 2

J.T. Mapu, DT, Tennessee U
40: 5.32v Ht: 6023v Wt: 286v Rating: 2
not a regular. Prep linebacker.

Brandt Hollander, DT, Yale U
40: 5.07v Ht: 6025v Wt: 294v Rating: 2

Brian Robinson, DT, Wesley
40: 5.19v Ht: 6021v Wt: 295v Rating: 2

Brian Schaefering, DT, Lindenwood
40: 5.09v Ht: 6052v Wt: 300v Rating: 2

Chris Bradwell, DT, Troy U
40: 5.02v Ht: 6037v Wt: 276v Rating: 2

Chris Norwell, DT, Illinois U
40: 5.45e Ht: 6056v Wt: 308v Rating: 2
Has size, but was not athletic in his movement. Questionable bend. Plays tall, gets driven off. Questionable range (can't run) and reactions. Doesn't make plays. No rush skills. Marginal free agent

Keith Shologan, DT, Central Florida U
40: 5.43v Ht: 6017v Wt: 287v Rating: 2
Canadian / National wrestling champion

Aaron Johnson, DT, Washington St
40: 5.30e Ht: 6061v Wt: 316v Rating: 2
Has never fully recovered from a back injury sustained in 2006.

Adrian Grady, DT, Coastal Carolina
40: 5.00e Ht: 6035v Wt: 286v Rating: 2
Just a guy / training camp potential

Blake Smith, DT, Colorado St
40: Ht: 6021v Wt: 275v Rating: 2
Showed nothing that would lead me to feel he has any chance to play at the professional level.

Kyndraus Guy, DT, No Carolina U
40: Ht: 6020e Wt: 290e Rating: 2

Lamar Divens, DT, Tennessee State U
40: 5.50e Ht: 6027v Wt: 325v Rating: 2

Landon Cohen, DT, Ohio U
40: 5.10e Ht: 6024e Wt: 275e Rating: 2
Try hard guy who was more of a reactor then a play maker. Flashed some initial get off quickness, but was too small and was ineffective playing the run. Played well early (see Va Tech), but leveled off considerably by season's end. Marginal free agent

Mark Robinson, DT, East Carolina U
40: 5.28v Ht: 6025v Wt: 274v Rating: 2

Matthew Malele, DT, California U
40: 5.39v Ht: 6003v Wt: 310v Rating: 2
Lacks body quickness and balance / no inside rush potential / Always on the ground / limited playing range / stays blocked / Marginal college ball player with limited chance to play

Michael Marquardt, DT, Arizona St
40: 5.37v Ht: 6032v Wt: 297v Rating: 2
Didn't think he played very strong, got off blocks or played particularly well in traffic (always on the ground) / limited range and run skills / ineffective pass rusher / didn't get consistent push inside or show any close inside

Neel Allen, DT, Minnesota U
40: Ht: 6020v Wt: 267v Rating: 2

Viliami Akoteu, DT, Idaho State
40: 5.25e Ht: 6023v Wt: 350v Rating: 2
Has weight and conditioning issues along with little in the way of stamina. Wears down and takes plays off. (A15 plays a game guy) Can be stout and stack people at this level, but over the long haul, isn't going to get it done. Marginal pass rush skill

Wendell Chavis, DT, East Carolina U
40: 5.12v Ht: 6021v Wt: 263v Rating: 2
Not on squad / violations of team rules / track athlete / at least three positive tests

Woody George, DT, South Florida U
40: Ht: Wt: Rating: 2
Back up LDE

Steven Friend, DT, Central Michigan U
40: 5.20e Ht: 6011v Wt: 285v Rating: 2
Lazy, limited range player. Lacks point strength and playing awareness. Very limited production. Need to check for STD (swollen testicles)

Tez Doolittle, DT, Auburn U
40: Ht: 6017v Wt: 293v Rating: 2
Second unit nose guard / Slow to read and react / catches blocks / mass and little else / Marginal free agent

Tony Jenkins, DT, Syracuse U
40: Ht: 6017v Wt: 286v Rating: 2
Undersized player who has limited range and can't run. Had knee surgery at the end of the season. Is very strong (34 reps at 225), but was a limited area player. Has quick hands, but can't play the double team and was covered up by big people. Overall is just an average college player with little chance to impact beyond this next level.

Tywain Myles, DT, Tarleton St
40: 4.98v Ht: 6015v Wt: 310v Rating: 2

Zach Stukes, DT, Wake Forest U
40: 5.00e Ht: 6020e Wt: 265e Rating: 2

Sean Merrill, DT, Southern Mississippi
40: Ht: Wt: Rating: 2

Sean O'drobinak, DT, Bowling Green
40: 5.15e Ht: 6037v Wt: 273v Rating: 2
First year on the defensive side of the football. Former tight end. Try hard guy who injured his right elbow as a senior and missed some time

SCOUTING NOTATION 101
The small "v" which follows the HT, WT, and forty time is the designation for verified. Other designations may include "e" for estimated, "b" for borrowed (from another scout), or "c" for coaches measurement or timed by a college coach.

Heights: The first number in the four numerals height represents the individual in feet while the second and third numbers represents a player in inches, while the last number in fractions of an inch (exclusively by the 1/8th of an inch.  Thus the following examples:

5105v - 5 for five feet, the10 represent ten inches, and the 5 (five) represents five-eights of another inch.

6017v - Six feet, one and seven-eights verified. 

All professional prospects and or suspects are measured numerous times during the course of a scouting season.  The first takes place generally in the spring of his junior at regularly scheduled "Pro days" at his university. At the conclusion of the season, scouts will on some occasions measure a prospect during a school visit.  Players are weighed and measured at every post season all-star contests.  At some lower level games, players are also given the opportunity to run. The next occasion takes place at the Indianapolis scouting combine, followed by individual or team workouts at the university and finally when a player if flown in to visit at a team site.

 


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