Position: Defensive End
Projected 40-Time: 4.80
Star Rating: Grade: 93
Draft Projection: 1st - 2nd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Dunlap is an athletic, forceful defender who has great upside at the next level. He displays a good burst off the line, uses his size to his advantage to deliver a devastating initial jolt and has the strength to take on double teams off the edge. He uses a dynamic inside spin move to beat the opposition. He’s instinctive and possesses strong hands and long arms, which allow him to disengage from blockers and have an impact against the run. He displays fluidity in his hips and has the balance and lateral agility to contain inside and on the perimeter. He’s a drag-down tackler who’s effective in space. He uses his frame well and has the awareness and leaping ability to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. He’s a disruptive force.
Weaknesses: He plays with an inconsistent motor and tends to take plays off. He’s more quick than fast and relies on his strength, not his technique, to beat the opposition. He often plays too high and can be handled at the line of scrimmage. He flashes on the scene, but generally doesn’t finish plays. He’s still raw in certain areas and has some maturity issues.Steuber Says: Dunlap played in 40 games at Florida, but only started 14; 2009 was his first-year as a starter. Over the last two years, Dunlap has been one of the best defensive ends in the nation, recording 77 tackles, 24 for a loss and 18.5 sacks. At 6-foot-6, 290 pounds, Dunlap has unique size and the ability to be a tenacious pass rusher. But while he can be dominant, his straight-line speed and overall motor are questionable, and he doesn’t appear to have a great desire to finish plays. Dunlap has been labeled immature by people close to the Florida program, and after a DUI charge four days prior to the SEC Championship game, a red flag has been raised. This is a huge offseason for Dunlap as he possesses top 10 talent, but his off-the-field issues will cause him to fall in the first round – most likely towards the end of the opening frame.
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